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Dan Wardell: More than 100 children here at Central College
in Pella are about to experience a raptor for the very first time
and they may never view birds the same way ever again.
We thought DDT was great, it was killing all the bugs on our
crops and that was wonderful. But that chemical was making its
way into the food chain. It was causing their eggshells
to be soft because it was taking calcium out of their body.
The talented staff from the University of Minnesota's Raptor
Center know what everyone is here to see, the main event for
every youngster.
For most of the kids in this audience, this is the first time
they've seen an eagle in person and up close.
If another bird came too close to an eagle, like a crow or
something like that, these guys generally don't bother with
them. It takes them more energy to do
something with that crow, they'll just fly away.
The 40-minute show-and-tell session is one of the best ways
to teach young Iowans about the comeback story of the American
Bald Eagle and how the once endangered species has thrived
through conservation. I learned that they really
aren't bald. I learned that the bald eagle
eats mice. While an indoor bald eagle show
may be the closest you'll physically be to America's bird,
a true appreciation comes from watching an elegant scavenger in
its natural environment. The best location to spot bald
eagles during an Iowa winter is wherever the open water is.
The colder the weather, the more likely you are to see large
numbers of eagles along the river, like the Des Moines here
in central Iowa. Bald Eagle Days below Red Rock
Dam are a perfect example of wintertime open water.
The talented video team here at Iowa Public Television has
plenty of tools and equipment to bring you beautiful eagle
images. But you can spot bald eagles
with your own eyes. Just make sure to bring with you
some warm clothing, binoculars and some patience.
Now you've got complete control of this.
You can move it down, up. Pat Schlarbaum: You can hear the
awe. It's one thing I like to do once
they get on an eagle and then magnify it and their brother or
sister will see it and then they all want to see it and oh, can
you see it, oh yeah. Then they go whoa!
Then you know they see it and it's the key to passing along
this fascination of what an eagle could bring to our lives.
It can take years for a juvenile bald eagle to turn fully white.
If you spot an eagle without a completely white head it could
be a rare golden eagle, but most likely it is a bald eagle less
than five years of age. Pat Schlarbaum: And when they
see the live birds in the indoor program that, you can't put a
value on that other than priceless.
They'll remember it the rest of
their lives.
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Iowa Outdoors | Learning About Birds of Prey (301)

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fisher published on March 24, 2013
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