Monday, December 23, 2013
If you’re looking for a great family outing during the holiday season, why not plan to come out to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM's) Mineral Ridge boat launch or trailhead and view the bald eagles along the east end of Lake Coeur d’Alene? It’s a great place to spend time together and enjoy the aerobatic displays of one of the most recognizable symbols of our nation as they feast on the spawning kokanee salmon.
Beginning Dec. 26, the BLM will once again partner with Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) to host “Eagle Watch Week” – the five-day period when eagle “ambassadors” from both agencies are on site to answer questions about bald eagles, their lifestyles and habits, and assist visitors with high-powered spotting scopes.
Each year hundreds of viewers who want to get a birds-eye look at these magnificent raptors travel to the Mineral Ridge area, so the BLM would like to remind travelers to be extra cautious when driving, parking or walking along Highway 97. The travel way is not restricted, and pedestrians should be respectful of drivers by not walking in the center of the road or using the shoulder to scout for eagles.
Severe weather, especially high wind events, prevents setting up equipment or staffing the viewing sites; therefore, the BLM has set up an “Eagle Watch Hotline” from Dec. 26-30. An updated status will be available by calling 769-5048 after 9 a.m. each day. The BLM will post notifications online at: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/Districts-Idaho/CDA.html and twitter.com/BLMIdaho.