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Eagle Days, December 7 & 8

Eagle with an attitudeIf you’ve never seen a bald eagle in the wild, then what are you waiting for? You don’t need to go to Alaska or the Great Lakes. Missouri is the winter home to thousands of bald eagles migrating from northern states. Open waterways for fishing and a taste for migrating waterfowl make our state a winter haven for eagles. Special activities and spotting scopes will be set up for your eagle viewing pleasure.

See a live eagle up close presented by Dickerson Park Zoo on the hour Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located 90 miles north of Kansas City near Mound City, Mo. Find more information, including a map of the refuge, on the Squaw Creek Eagle Days flyer.

Powell Gardens Youth/Scout Options

Powell Gardens has a number of programs established for scouting-type organizations, from guided badge programs, Seed Starter field trip programs, volunteer opportunities, self-guided tours and scavenger hunts. In addition, they have a variety guided field trips as well.

While it appears that Powell Gardens has not yet developed a program specifically for American Heritage Girls, it seems likely that they would be willing to work with a local Troop. Contact the Youth Education Department for more information and scheduling.

Gardening and Plant Science, Insect-a Inspect-a, Nature and Wildlife, and possibly Our Feathered Friends are all candidates for a Powell Gardens outing. Be sure to let us know what you work out!

Polar Bear PJ Parties, July – October

Enjoy a sleepover with all your friends in the brand new Polar Bear Passage viewing building. Everything your family wants in a Zoo overnight at the right price. Discover the Zoo’s newest animals, Nikita and Berlin the Polar Bears and explore Arctic animals’ adaptations to extreme weather. You may even get to explore the Zoo after hours and see what the animals do at night (weather permitting).

Overnight includes:

  • Themed activities
  • Animal Encounter with some of our education animal ambassadors
  • Night hike
  • Exclusive tour
  • Tons of fun!

Sleepovers are held in the Polar Bear Passage viewing building and Zoo Learning Center on weekends, and run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. One adult chaperone per 10 children under 18 is required. A continental breakfast will be served in the morning.

July 20, August 17, September 21, or October 5, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Cost $40 ($25 for FOTZ members) + Zoo admission

These parties typically fill up very quickly, so register soon!

Kansas City Zoo
6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, MO

Find more information and registration instructions on the KC Zoo website

Try this for a fun way to talk about Nature and Wildlife!

Living Rooms For The Birds & Feeder Watch Weekend, March 16-17

Enjoy the opening of the Living Room display in the Conservatory at Powell Gardens, and then come discover who lives where in the bird world. Touch and hold a variety of bird boxes and nests and try to guess which birds nests where. Free bird box plans will be available, too. Plus, pick up information to participate in Project FeederWatch, a Cornell Lab of Ornithology program, and help us track the birds that frequent the feeders around Powell Gardens.

No registration required. This is a self-guided discovery station with printed directions, so come at a time convenient for you.

Gardens admission applies.


Missouri’s Most Endangered, Feb. 2

Missouri is home to many beautiful and amazing plants and animals, some of which really need our help to survive. Join us as we explore some of Missouri’s
threatened and endangered species. Discover why they are declining, what is being done to help them and some success stories of recovered animals.

Saturday, February 2, 1 – 2 p.m
Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, Blue Springs MO
No registration required, all ages.

Endangered animals is covered in Zoology

Eagle Day, Jan. 26

Take a trip out to Wyandotte County Lake Park for ther 12th annual Eagle Day event. Activities will be held at two locations around the lake.

Mr. & Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library (west side of the lake) – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Two live eagle presentations by Operation Wildlife will take place at 10:00 and again at 1:30. Seating is limited; please come early. The library will also have eagle crafts for kids and binocular and field guide check out for viewing eagles and other waterfowl on the lake. Trained bird spotting volunteers will be available to help visitors find and identify birds near the library.

JP Davis Hall (east side of the lake) – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Visit with volunteers from Operation Wildlife to see and learn about a variety (10-15) of live hawks, owls and falcons on display. They will give 30-45 minute bird presentations on every hour beginning at 10:00 (last one at 3:00.) You will be able to learn about the natural history of each bird. Great photo opportunities!

For more information or to download a park map, please visit http://www.kckpl.org or call 913-299-2384.

Saturday, January 26

F.L. Schlagle Library
4051 West Drive, Kansas City, KS
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