McHenry County Conservation District officials announced an event next month that will appeal to eagle enthusiasts.
Representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Friends of Hackmatack Wildlife Refuge, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and McHenry County Audubon will be on hand Dec. 10 to help bird-watchers search for the birds of prey.
The event will be from 8 to 10 a.m. at three locations along the Fox River: the McHenry Dam, the Algonquin Dam and the Carpentersville Dam, plus a new spot at Fontana beach on Geneva Lake.
Volunteers will have scopes and binoculars available for use at each location, as well as guided activities for children. Visitors may choose the location closest to them or visit all four. Maps to the locations are available at www.MCCDistrict.org.
Part two of the day’s event – Eagles of Illinois, presented by the Illinois Raptor Center and sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Prairieview Education Center in Crystal Lake.
Organizers said people have been inspired by eagles for centuries. Religions, countries, armies and other entities have adopted the eagle as their symbol of power.
Participants also can see other birds of prey that are commonly misidentified as eagles.
The all-ages program is free, but organizers said space is limited and registration is required.