February Marks Peak Time To See Eagles In Oklahoma - KOAM TV 7

February Marks Peak Time To See Eagles In Oklahoma



Bald eagles are the national symbol of our country, and February is the peak time to see them in the state of Oklahoma. Every winter between 700 to 1500 hundred of the iconic creatures migrate to the Sooner state.

Frank Houck is President of the Grand Lake Audubon Society and also gives eagle watching tours. 

"It's really really exciting, you take people with you who have never gone out and seen eagles and they see 150 eagles and they will not shut up talking about them," Houck said.
Since eagles like to eat fish, you'll likely find them near the water. Only about 120 bald eagle permenately call Oklahoma home. Houck says the rest of the eagles migrate to Oklahoma to find food and open water while northern lakes are frozen solid.

"It's just kind of a neat thing to see them around, we see them over our house frequently, but they're just passing through, they're not going to stop and say hi," Houck said.
And Oklahoma makes the top ten in the nation for bald eagle watching in the winter, that's thanks to over a million acres of surface water and more than 11, 500 miles of shoreline in the state.

"I think a lot of people are still very shocked to see that our eagles are very healthy in our area," said Grand Lake Stae Park Naturalist Amanda Wiley.

Wiley says where eagles once were on the list of endangered spieces, they were removed in 2006 thanks to supervision and protection from wildlife departments. And if you want Wiley's best advice on how to see one with your own two eyes…

"I kind of encourage people just to keep their eyes open, for that large bird that has an eight foot wing span, flying through the air," Wiley said.
But as we learned, looking to the sky won't always end in an eagle spotting, especially with a camera in tow. Luckily we still have a few more weeks to catch our glimpse.

And in honor of valentine's day coming up--a little bit of eagle trivia-- they mate for life. 

For a link to the Grand Lake Audubon Society, click here.
To see a live feed of Eagles on Oklahoma Lakes, click here.


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