Spotting scopes for viewing the eagles on the ice in the distance.
Eagle Day at Milford Nature Center near Junction City, Kansas takes place on a Saturday in January. At one time it was a two day event and the name (with the plural) has never changed. When checking for info about the current year's event, be careful that you do not look at old schedules, several of them are still up on the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism web site. After being canceled due to Covid or warm weather (resulting in fewer eagles present) for 3 years, the event is back on January 14, 2023.
Milford Eagle Day is 5 hours of free events. Activities often include the Nature Center being open (it is otherwise closed in winter), programs with live eagles and other live raptors, kid's activities & crafts, free admission to Milford State Park, free bus rides to eagle viewing and free hot chocolate. There is no food available in 2023.
In 2023 they will have a live Bald Eagle presentation offered by Diane Johnson of Operation Wildlife in the Starbird Education Building, Live Bird of Prey presentations in the theater, and guided bus trips to spot wild eagles around the lake. Your family can enjoy fun activities in the eagle activity tent.
Wild Eagle Viewing: 9:30AM, 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 12:30PM.There were many eagles present during the 2015 event that is pictured on this page, but they were all at great distances. It was not necessary to take a bus to view the eagles, though the bus did take visitors to locations where binoculars and spotting scopes were available to better view the eagles.
Although some eagles nest in the summer at Milford Lake, the large number of birds which are seen here in winter have come here from farther north, to find open water where the fish and waterfowl which provide most of their diet can be caught.
If you wish to drive your own vehicle into Milford State Park, you will need a vehicle pass. Those can be purchased at the Milford State Park self pay kiosk
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