Enjoy “Eagles and Bagels” Saturday at Oahe’s Downstream Recreation Area

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Jhe 20and Annual “Eagles and Bagels” walk in the park at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre will take place tomorrow (Feb. 5, 2022) at 9:00 a.m. CST. People should meet at the Oahe Downstream group lodging.

US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Charlene “Charlie” Bessken will lead this year’s eagle display. Information will be presented highlighting eagles, their habitat, and the proper conduct for birdwatching and photographing.

The group will head into the park for a 2 mile guided walk (weather permitting) to watch the birds in their natural setting. The hike will include a few stops for bird watching and answering questions. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, cameras, comfortable hiking shoes and cold weather clothing.

Oahe Downstream Campgrounds are currently closed to vehicular traffic to protect roosting eagles. Walkers and cross-country skiers are permitted in these areas, but they must be careful not to disturb the roosting eagles. If disturbed, eagles can abandon their roosts and deplete their precious food supplies.

There is no charge for the guided walk, but a park entry permit is required for all vehicles entering the park. The new 2022 park entry licenses are available at the park. After the hike, guests are invited to return to the lodge for snacks and refreshments sponsored by Lynn’s Dakotamart of Pierre and Fort Pierre.

The Oahe Downstream Recreation Area is located five miles north of Fort Pierre off SD Highway 1806.

For more information on bald eagles in state parks, visit gfp.sd.gov or call 605.773.3391. You can also find more information about this and other events on the Oahe Downstream Facebook page, facebook.com/OaheDownstreamRecreationArea.

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