Conservation

Photo © Marilyn Williams

Bald Eagle Awareness Days

Bald Eagle Awareness Days is an annual event jointly organized by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serivce to increase public involvement and awareness concerning bald eagles and other raptors native to South Dakota

Bald eagles are found only in North America. The bald eagle is the symbol of our nation, chosen because of its majestic and graceful appearance and its aura of power and wildness. When we realized that the bald eagle was rapidly disappearing because of human activities, a nationwide outpouring of support began to save the species. Such support was instrumental in the passage of the Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940. Protection and recovery of rare species were strengthened with the passage of the Endangered Species Act in 1973. Conservation efforts led to the Bald Eagle being removed from the Federal Endangered species list in 2007 and from South Dakota’s State Threatened list in 2015.  The bald eagle is not only our national symbol, but also a symbol of our ability to save and conserve species.

Bald Eagle Awareness Days 2019 Events

Bald Eagle Awareness Days will be celebrating its 27th year of entertainment and education by emphasizing the need for conservation and appreciation of bald eagles and other birds of prey. This February, educators from The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota will again be presenting programs featuring live birds of prey open and free to the public at the following locations.

Friday, February 22
The Outdoor Campus East
2500 S. Oxbow Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD
5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 23
Ramkota River Center
920 W Sioux Avenue, Pierre, SD
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m.

Saturday, February 23
The Outdoor Campus West
4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City. SD
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Live presentation by The Black Hills Raptor Center at 1 p.m.

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