DECATUR, Ala. — America’s national symbol, the bald eagle, will be celebrated in January and February when Lake Guntersville State Park hosts the annual Eagle Awareness Weekends.
The event will give wildlife enthusiasts a chance to learn more about eagles in their natural habitat.
The popular weekend event attracts people of all ages from all over the United States who come here to spend a winter getaway in one of Alabama’s most popular state parks immersed in nature-based learning.
In 2023, Eagle Awareness will be held every weekend from January 20 through February 5.
Now in its 37th year, Eagle Awareness Weekends at Lake Guntersville State Park was started as an activity for people of all ages to experience the joy of watching eagles and other birds in their natural habitat and as a way of educating the public about the importance of protecting the area’s wildlife.
The weekend events feature live bird demonstrations, programs provided by notable speakers, guided safaris for viewing eagles and other creatures in their natural habitat and plenty of photo opportunities for those with camera in hand.
The 2023 dates are Jan. 20-22, Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 3-5. Activities get underway at 5:30 p.m. Friday, with activities throughout the day on Saturday and wraps up Sunday following the 11:30 a.m. program.
Eagle Awareness Weekends scheduled programs and presenters
January 20-22, 2023
Presenters/Programs: Wings to SOAR, Anniston Museum of Natural History and Alabama Wildlife Center
January 27-29, 2023
Presenters/Programs: David Haggard, Raptor Ridge and Alabama Wildlife Center
February 3-5, 2023
Presenters/Programs: Auburn University, Rice Raptor Project and Alabama Wildlife Center
Lodging packages start at $324 and include lodging, two breakfasts, one dinner, a welcome packet, VIP access to presentations, discounts at the restaurant and gift shop, photo opportunities with birds of prey, activities for children, engagement with featured sponsors and one-on-one access with the naturalists.
Day passes for programs only are $15/adults and $5/children 12 years old and under.