Reelfoot to provide free bald eagle tours

Reelfoot to provide free bald eagle tours

Beginning Dec. 20, Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge will be offering bald eagle tours at Reelfoot Lake.
The free tours will be offered Thursdays through Saturdays through Feb. 28, 2013.
Tours will begin at 8 a.m. and at noon, and each tour will last about two to three hours.
Reservations for the tours are required due to limited space. There are only five spots available per tour.
Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and bring their cameras and binoculars. A spotting scope will be provided and binoculars will be made available.
The tours will take visitors to the Grassy Island and Long Point units of the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge as well as to other areas around Reelfoot Lake where eagles are regularly spotted.
Both refuge units have observation towers for viewing eagles, waterfowl and other wildlife.
Grassy Island, which has a newly-built boardwalk, provides a photogenic view of Reelfoot Lake while Long Point provides excellent viewing opportunities for eagles and a wide variety of waterfowl, according to a news release from park ranger Tara Dowdy.
For more information about the eagle tours or to make reservations, call the wildlife refuge at (731) 538-2481.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the public’s benefit.
The service manages the 150-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which includes 550 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. The agency also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 fish and wildlife management offices and 81 ecological services field stations.

Published in The Messenger 12.10.12

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