The 9th annual Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival is scheduled for Feb. 1-3 at the Reelfoot Lake State Park Visitor Center/ Ellington Hall along Highway 21 in Tiptonville.
Located in Lake County, Tenn., Reelfoot Lake features one of the largest populations of American bald eagles outside of Alaska. During the winter months Reelfoot Lake is home to approximately 200 American bald eagles and spectacular numbers of waterfowl. Experienced park naturalists will lead daily bald eagle and waterfowl bus or van tours through the end of February. Eagles can be seen perching, flying or soaring, and snatching a fish or waterfowl from the lake. Telescopes for viewing and intriguing information about the natural and cultural history of the wildlife and area are provided. Bald eagle and waterfowl tours reservations are required and can be made by calling the visitor center at 1-731-253-9652. Bus and van tours are $5 per person. All bus or van tours depart from the visitor center. Eagle tours are also available with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by calling 731-538-2481.
Schedule of events:
* 4-8 p.m. - Registration at Reelfoot Lake Tourism Council booth. . Free tote bag to first 100 families. Pick up ticket for door prizes.
* 4-8 p.m. - 50/50 tickets will be for sale all weekend.
* 4-8 p.m. - Vendors open in Ellington Hall building at state park visitor center.
* 4-8 p.m. - Entries for art and photography contest can be turned in at RLTC booth. Deadline is Saturday at 10 a.m.
* 7 p.m. - Welcome and overview to eagle and waterfowl watchers.
* 7:30 p.m. - Slideshow program on nature, wildlife and history of Reelfoot Lake.
* 6 a.m. - Sunrise photography walk - meet at Reelfoot Lake State Park Visitor Center.
* 9 a.m. - Registration at Reelfoot Lake Tourism Council booth. Free tote bag to first 100 families. Scavenger hunt begins.
* 9 a.m.-9 p.m. - Art and craft vendors open inside Ellington Hall (State Park) - 50/50 tickets will be on sale.
* 10 a.m. - Eagle and waterfowl tours by bus or van (Two-hour tour).
* 10 a.m. - Art and photography must be turned in to RLTC booth.
* 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. - Paint a duck decoy - $5 for children.
* 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. - Storytelling with Sonya Woods-Mahler. (Mahler is the manager of Great Outdoors University. She, along with 40 other leaders, take low-income children hiking, fishing, stream strolling, rock hopping, stargazing, and camping.)
* 1:30 p.m. - Live bird of prey show with John and Dale Stokes.
* 1:30 p.m. - Eagle and waterfowl tours by bus or van (two-hour tour).
* 3 p.m. - Scavenger hunt ends. Check bags into tourism booth.
* 6 p.m. - Announce winners for art and photography contest, scavenger hunt, and duck decoy painting.
* 7 p.m. - Live birds of prey program with John and Dale Stokes (flies BOP over audience).
* 6:30 a.m. - Sunrise photography walk. Meet at Reelfoot Lake Visitor Center.
* 9 a.m.-1 p.m. - 50/50 tickets for sale.
* 9 a.m.-3 p.m. - Vendors open inside Ellington Hall building (state park).
* 10 a.m. - Eagle and waterfowl tours by bus or van (two-hour tour).
* 1 p.m. - Eagle and waterfowl tours by bus or van (two-hour tour).
* 1 p.m. - 50/50 winner announced.
For more information visit www.reelfoottourism.com or call 731-253-9652.