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Eagles


Eagles in the Mississippi River!
Has it ever accoured to you that eagles are important? Do you ever celebrate Eagle day with your family? Well in Clarksville there both important and they celebrate it on January 30-31. Tourists are one of the biggest part of this celebration. But Clarksville isn’t the only place to find and study eagles; Ted Shanks Conservation Area.
Bald Eagles (http://pool14.wordpress.com/2009/01/03/bald-eagles-are-here-for-the-winter/)
Bald Eagles (http://pool14.wordpress.com/2009/01/03/bald-eagles-are-here-for-the-winter/)


Mature bald eagles have a dark brown body with white head and tail. The large, hooked bill, strong talons, and irises of the eyes are yellow. Females are larger than males, but otherwise the sexes look alike. Bald eagles are usually observed near lakes, rivers and marshes as they forage for fish or carrion. That’s what brought me to Clarksville and Ted Shanks area for some questioning and resource. What I’ve found out on the eagle is very interesting and i think you find it interesting too.


The eagles scientific name is
Haliaeetus leucocephalus (halo eagle aeetos with a white leukos head). The Federal Eagles Protection Act of 1940 makes it a felony to shoot an eagle or distrurb their nest. People convicted of killing an eagle are subject to a fine up to $5,000, imprisonment up to one year or both. In 1978 the federal government declared the bald eagle as an endangered species in 43, including Missouri. In 2007 the eagles were delisted, but in Missouri eagles are still enlisted endangered.

For years the island in the Mississippi River near Lock and Dam 24 at Clarksville, MO, has been home to a group of Eagles. Every year the Eagles returned to the island because it's location near the Lock and Dam keep ice from forming and allow the Eagles to get fish from the river. Their return ever year encouraged local organizations to decide to get involved and thus began "Eagle Days." Eagle Days of Clarksville takes place on the last weekend of January along the riverfront. The event is sponsored by the city of Clarksville, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the US Army Corp of Engineers. Events held over the weekend include education about the eagles, food booths, spotting scopes, exhibits and live Eagle shows. The events are geared toward educating people of the importance of perservation of this great American symbol. Events such as this one have helped tourist attractions in the city of Clarksville and has raised public awareness about the endangered Eagles as well as other animals on the endangered species lists. Although I was unable to talk to the citizens of Clarksville to learn more about their involvement in the perservation, you can find information on any of the Missouri Department of Conservation websites.