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Posted 1/9/2018

Release no. 18-003

Sarah P. Bennett

PORTLAND, Ore. – The eagles have landed! The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is a popular site for visitors to see bald eagles as they congregate along the Columbia River to feed during their winter migration. Join U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers to learn about our national bird, watch the raptors in their natural habitat and enjoy interactive educational activities.

Eagle Watch will take place Saturday, Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Corps partners with the U.S. Forest Service and the Rowena Wildlife Clinic to host a variety of fun activities, including live raptor viewing inside the visitor center and eagle watching outside. This event is free, and the site is accessible to visitors with disabilities. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own scopes, binoculars and cameras. 

Throughout January, the visitor center will be open Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accommodate visitors and eagle-watchers. For more details on extended hours, visit www.nwp.usace.army.mil/news/article/Article/1407119/. 

The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is located just north of Interstate 84 at exit 87, then east on Bret Clodfelter Way. In case of inclement weather the event will be rescheduled. For more information, please contact The Dalles Lock & Dam Ranger Office at 541-506-7857 and visit www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Locations/Columbia-River/The-Dalles/. 

The Portland District operates three locks and four dams in the Columbia River basin. Each dam contributes to a water resource management system that provides flood risk management, power generation, water quality improvement, irrigation, fish and wildlife habitat and recreation on the Columbia River and some of its tributaries. To stay up to date on all Portland District events, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PortlandCorps/.

To learn more about raptor viewing and educational opportunities in the Columbia Gorge area, check out the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum at www.gorgediscovery.org or the Rowena Wildlife Clinic at www.rowenawildlifeclinic.org.