GRDA Works To Protect Bald Eagles At Pensacola Dam


Monday, January 3rd 2022, 4:50 pm


LANGLEY, Oklahoma -

Bald Eagles have returned to Pensacola Dam near Langley to nest and the GRDA is making sure they have some peace and quiet. A perimeter has been set up around the nests but there is another location, nearby where people can gather to catch a glimpse of the birds.

"Bring your bird watching binoculars, your long lens on your camera," said Justin Alberty with GRDA. 

There is really nothing quite like seeing a Bald Eagle; not in a book, not on TV, but soaring free in the state where you live. If you're in Oklahoma right now it is the perfect time to do just that.

"We have an Eagle's nest down, not too far from us that has some activity on it right now," said Alberty. 

Justin Alberty with Grand River Dam Authority says he and his co-workers want to make sure these Eagles keep coming back to nest each year.

"The nest was located 2 or 3 years ago by our ecosystems and watershed department. A part of what they do is monitor for nests in the area," said Alberty. 

They have put signs up near the Bald Eagle Nests, in hopes of keeping people back and giving the birds some space.

"This is part of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, federal regulations to keep the public back," said Alberty. 

Justin says in years past, Oklahomans have been extremely respectful of the guidelines and have found their own ways to enjoy the beauty of Bald Eagles, from a safe distance. There is an area near the dam called Eagle Pass where visitors can catch a glimpse of a Bald Eagle.

"In January and February, below our dams and really below most all dams that you will see in the state there is a lot of eagle activity."

GRDA says if you're planning to travel this way and see the eagles for yourselves; the earlier the better. Mornings are a great time to set up your camera and wait.