MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

January 3, 2014

Go see the symbol of America

Get out and scream with the eagles.

January is National Bald Eagle Watch Month, and Oklahoma’s waters draw the nation’s symbol to our land in winter.

We also have eagles that live here yearround.

Wildlife and nature are part of what makes our area special. The eagle tours available offer the opportunity for you and your family to experience nature and this uniquely American bird.

We can also be proud of the bald eagle as a true conservation success story.

Once in decline and listed as endangered, bald eagle numbers have grown.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports the eagle no longer needs the protection of the Endangered Species Act because its population is protected, healthy, and growing.

We have sheltered and restored this proud American bird.

It is worthy of your admiration. Take the kids and go see it soar over our Oklahoma home.

If you go

WHAT: Eagle tour.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 18 and 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1.

WHERE: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, off Interstate 40. Take the Vian exit (# 297) from I-40, follow county road three miles south to refuge headquarters.

INFORMATION: Leann Bunn, (918) 489-5641.

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WHAT: Loon watch.

WHEN: 2 p.m., Jan. 18 and 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1.

WHERE: Tenkiller State Park, just off Oklahoma 100 in Vian.

INFORMATION: Leann Bunn, (918) 489-5641.

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WHAT: Eagle tour.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 11 and 25.

WHERE: The tour begins at Three Forks Nature Center in Sequoyah State Park, off Oklahoma 51 in between Hulbert and Wagoner. Then the tour will caravan to the Fort Gibson Dam.

INFORMATION: Paula Hanafee, park naturalist, (918) 772-2108.

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