Saturday morning January 17 from 10am to 12pm a golden eagle count will be held in the Whitewater River Valley. This count is done as part of the National Eagle Centerís effort to better understand the golden eagles that winter in southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin. After a short introduction at Whitewater State Parkís visitor center, groups of participants will visit sites that golden eagles have frequented in past years. Binoculars, spotting scopes and brochures will be available. Everyone is invited. Call (507) 932-3007, extension 0 to register.
Like most state park interpretive programs the golden eagle count is provided free of charge but Minnesota State Park vehicle permits are required. If you donít already have a permit, you can obtain one at the visitor center prior to the activity. Daily permits are $5 and annual permits are $25.
Additional golden eagle information: This winter the National Eagle Center, the Audubon Society and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resourcesí Nongame Wildlife Program will cooperate in an effort to determine where golden eagles that winter in this area, breed in the summer. It is thought that these birds may nest in an isolated breeding population in northern Saskatchewan. By live trapping golden eagles and attaching global positioning units their nesting location will likely be determined.