Tulsa Bald Eagle Days Event Continues Sunday

Saturday, January 14th 2012, 4:31 pm
By: Dee Duren

Nature and animal lovers have another chance to view the majestic bald eagle during Tulsa Bald Eagle Days this weekend.

The eagle watching and educational event had a great start on a clear, cold Saturday, according to Tulsa Audubon Society President John Kennington.

"It's weather eagles love," Kennington said. He estimated that about 250 people came to the park located at 7301 Riverside Drive on Saturday.

There were experienced birders and families who brought their kids out to see the nesting eagles for the first time.

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Educators from the Sutton Aviation Center in Bartlesville were on hand with a live Oklahoma bald eagle at the Jenks Freshman Building, where free seminars will be continued from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

"Our flag ship program was to restore the bald eagle, said Ryan VanZant. VanZant is in charge of the education programs at the Sutton Center.

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"It's our Nation's symbol; one of the two eagles that we have native here to the United States."

VanZant said the while one type of bald eagle migrates to Oklahoma in the winter, the Southern Bald Eagle lives here year long, taking advantage of the food provided by the state's abundant lakes.

The Southern Bald Eagle was reintroduced to the state through the efforts of the Sutton Aviation Center.

"Many people thought they would become extinct in the future," VanZant said.

In 1990, the state had zero pairs of bald eagles nesting. This year there are about 120 pairs, he said. The birds were taken off the endangered species list in 2008.

See the eagles from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Helmerich Park on Sunday.