Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, south of Vian, is offering free Eagle Watch Tours every Saturday through March 5.
These tours provide the public with an opportunity to view bald eagles in their natural habitat.
Southern Bald Eagles typically lay eggs during the months of December or January, and incubate the eggs for about 35 days before they hatch. After the eggs hatch, the real work begins with both adults providing continual care for the young over the 11 to 12 week period until the young birds fledge (or leave the nest).
This is an exciting time of year on the refuge because the eagle territories come alive with action as the adults care for eggs and the growing eaglets. During the tours eagles are often seen soaring through the air, hunting for food, or attending to a nest.
Leann Bunn, Tenkiller State Park naturalist, is the guest guide for the tours. Tours are conducted from a tour bus and the refuge has binoculars and spotting scopes available for use. All tours start at the refuge headquarters at 9 a.m. and end by noon. Tours are free and no pre-registration is required.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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