Eagle watch event set for Saturday

Eagle watch events will be hosted Saturday and Jan. 25 by the Chickasaw Cultural Center and Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur .

SULPHUR – The Chickasaw Cultural Center and the Chickasaw National Recreation Area will join the community in celebrating the American bald eagle with bald eagle watch events from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 25. These events are open to the public at no charge.

The first half of these eagle watch events will be hosted at the CNRA. After midday, activities will take place at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

Visitors will gather at 10 a.m. at the Travertine Nature Center, 901 W. First St., where a ranger will offer a presentation about eagles. After, the group will be led in their vehicles toward the Lake of the Arbuckles to watch for eagles in their natural habitat. Eagle watchers will be there until noon.

Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring binoculars if possible. Spotting scopes will be provided by park staff at designated eagle “hot spot” locations.

After noon, an assortment of eagle-themed activities will be available at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, 867 Cooper Memorial Drive, including a showing of the documentary “American Eagle” at 1 p.m. in the Anoli’ Theater.

The cultural center will also host make-and-take activities featuring bird feeders, corn husk dolls, cornhusk flowers, construction paper eagles and paper eagle puppets. There will also be a discount on eagle plushies at the Chickasaw Cultural Center’s retail gift shops.

To learn more about this event, call the Travertine Nature Center at (580) 622-7234. For more information about the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, visit NPS.Gov/Chic.

For more information about the Chickasaw Cultural Center, visit ChickasawCulturalCenter.com or call (580) 622-7130.

Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.

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