It’s prime time in Iowa for watching bald eagles fly south to winter in the state. But there could be fewer of the birds to see, due to warm weather. Jaime Edwards, the coordinator of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources wildlife diversity program, says the birds are finding more open water to the north due the mild winter and don’t have to head south looking for food.Edwards says Iowa has become a popular winter home for the bald eagles because of the easy availability of food.The bald eagles start flying in from other states at the end of December and reach their peak by mid January. She says you’ll probably have the most luck seeing the soaring birds by driving along a waterway.Edwards says the number of eagles who make their permanent home in Iowa has increased and you’ll still probably be able to see them hunting this winter. If you really have you heart set on seeing the majestic birds, she has this advice.Keokuk along the Mississippi River usually always has some eagles living and hunting there. The D-N-R is hosting several bald eagle watching days near Iowa rivers and lakes. Edwards suggests calling a site in your area to see if they’re hosting an event.
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