The bald eagle is a symbol of the improved health of the Fox River ecosystem and the communities that have grown around it. The area will celebrate its progress in January with a series of eagle viewing and education events.
Due to DDT and other contaminants such as PCBs and various heavy metals, eagle populations disappeared along the Fox River during the mid-1900s. Programs to remove contaminants from the Fox River and improve habitat for wildlife have helped reverse the damage. Officially, the first wintering eagle along the Fox was observed in 1982 during a Department of Natural Resources mid-winter waterfowl survey. Since then, the number of overwintering and resident birds has increased tremendously.
Special events suitable for adults and children will be held throughout the Fox Valley, beginning with a mid-winter eagle monitoring at several sites along the river and a reception and presentation of findings 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 13 at the Atlas Waterfront Café and Gathering Room, 425 W. Water St., Appleton.
Education and special viewing events continue for the next two weekends at various locations. For a complete list of events, visit http://eagledaysalongthefox.org and follow the “schedule” link for details of speakers and venues.