A spectacular sight at Eagle Days

GRAFTON, Ill. - It is our national bird, a bird of prey with a wingspan that stretches six to eight feet.

"This is how they look when they're at least 5-years-old," said an instructor from the World Bird Sanctuary.

They're a sight to see up close, but maybe more fun to search for in the wild.

"The first time I saw an eagle I was looking through the scope it looked like someone had taken a picture and just stuck it on the end of the scope it was so clear," explained Marilynn Motchan, a volunteer naturalist with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

So now Motchan and several other trained volunteers help others see the beauty they see.

"They're just majestic, they're beautiful, very graceful," said Ed Leutwiler, another volunteer naturalist.

Several times during the winter the Missouri Department of Conservation hosts Eagle Days.

"Of course it is nature so we can't give you a one-hundred percent guarantee, but we've seen a dozen or more so far today they are definitely out here," said Dan Zarlenga with the Missouri Department of Conservation points out.

But with help from the volunteers, it's darn near a guarantee and considering the World Bird Sanctuary brings a beautiful bald eagle out you'll at least see one.

Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge is tomorrow and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and it's free.


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