COEUR D’ALENE, ID – The very popular and highly anticipated “Eagle Watch Week” begins on Wednesday, December 26 along the eastern shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Through December 30, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) staff two interpretive sites offering prime eagle viewing – one at BLM’s Mineral Ridge boat launch and the other at BLM’s Mineral Ridge trailhead. Both are located along highway 97, approximately 8 miles east of Coeur d’Alene. During the five-day event, hundreds of spectators are expected to visit the two locations to take advantage of the high power spotting scopes, mounted displays and interpretive materials offered by the agencies. Eagle “ambassadors” will be on site each day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to answer questions regarding the lifestyles of bald eagles. Each location also offers covered shelter for viewing in the case of inclement weather.
Spectators are asked to be extra cautious when parking and walking to the sites along highway 97. Vehicle travel is not restricted and pedestrians should be respectful of drivers by not walking in the main travel way or using the shoulder to scout for eagles.
In rare cases, severe weather does not permit setting up equipment or staffing the viewing sites; therefore, the BLM has set up an “Eagle Watch Hotline” from December 26 through 30. An updated status will be available by calling (208) 769-5048 after 9 a.m. each day. Should the event be cancelled for the day, the BLM will also post a message on the Coeur d’Alene Field Office webpage at: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/Districts-Idaho/CDA/coeur_d_alene.html.
For additional information about the annual event, please contact Carrie Hugo, wildlife biologist at 208-769-5048 or visit the field office website to learn about trends and statistics of the annual eagle migration.