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Eagle Watch Week
Eagle Watch Week

I've heard great things about the "Eagle Watch" tour on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Everyone who has been on the tour recommends it, and this year's tour could be even better than year's past. Last week, Bureau of Land Management Wildlife Biologist Carrie Hugo counted a record 259 eagles along the east end of the lake.

The BLM and Idaho Fish and Game host "Eagle Watch". It begins the day after Christmas, December 26th, and runs through January 1st. It's a free event for families and all eagle enthusiasts. December is the peak month to view the eagles that have migrated south from Canada. The spawn of land-locked salmon seems to draw more and more raptors every year.

If you aren't much of a bird watcher, no worries. BLM and Idaho and Fish and Game staff will be available with spotting scopes, informational brochures and can offer their expertise on the eagles.

"Eagle Watch" sites are at the Mineral Ridge boat launch and trailhead parking areas. Parking is open from 10 am to 3 pm each day during Eagle Watch week. To get there, take Exit 22 off I-90 and then travel south around Wolf Lodge Bay. Travelers are reminded to use caution along access to the watch sites because the road is narrow and busy.

For more information, visit BLM's Coeur d'Alene Field Office ">website or call (208) 769-5000.

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