By LOUISE ABERCROMBIE
News Business Editor
One of the biggest events of January 2018 for northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas is the annual Kaw Lake Ultimate Eagle Watch.
The event draws visitors from across the country to view Eagles and take part in the activities in Kaw City.
Kaw Lake in northern Oklahoma is home to one of the state’s largest populations of bald eagles. Featuring both wintering and nesting eagles, Kaw Lake was the site of a reintroduction effort between 1984 and 1992 that saw 275 American Bald Eagles released back into the wild around the lake.
January is considered the best month to view Kaw Lake’s stunning eagle population with Kaw City’s annual Ultimate Eagle Watch rounding out the month’s viewing activities. This all-day event features guided eagle viewing tours, as well as programs detailing the bald eagle’s significance in American Indian culture, presentations by avian researchers and the viewing of live, captive bald eagles in close proximity.
This year’s event is set for Saturday, January 20.
The event is free, but donations are appreciated, according to the organizers.
One of the featured events is eagle viewing by horseback. This activity is 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gathering place for the ride is Sarge Creek Campground. The trail boss is Jesse Hodges.
Eagle viewing bus tours, forming at Kaw City Community Center, leave at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Community Center has a full schedule of events with the doors opening at 8 a.m.
These include History of the Eagle and Habitat, by Mark Hoqwey; Three Sharp Thing, Grey Snow Eagle House; Avian Conservation and the roles we play, from Grey Snow Eagle House; Kaw Lake question and answer session by the Corps of Engineers.
The Kaw Nation Learning Center will present nesting habits of bald eagles along the Arkansas River waterbed, Gene Young; Importance of eagles to Native Americans, by Geba Warren.
Kaw City School will present kid friendly programs. These include Animals from around the World by Critter Tales, Inc. Oklahoma Wildlife by Critter Tales.
The Kaw City Museum will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All programs are subject to change depending on the weather, in case of ice or snow call 580-762-9494 or go to the website www.kawlake.com.
For information on the horseback eagle viewing call 580-716-7425.