Map courtesy 1000 Islands Environmental Center.

KAUKAUNA — 1000 Islands will be once again offering a day full of celebration at the Environmental Center with COVID-19 safe activities Jan. 23, 2021.

Viewing opportunities and activities will take place throughout the day including virtual educational programs presented by the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN, a storybook walk on the boardwalk trail, eagle activity bags for children and other interested visitors to take home, free hot chocolate and more.  The day will finish off with another chance at peak eagle activity with a sunset viewing from 4:00 PM until 5:00 PM. All Eagle Day activities will be held outdoors and via online for the live eagle presentation.

The Nature Center building will be closed, so please dress appropriately to stay warm and dry. We will have porta potties on-site and patio heaters will be in the Pavilion.

7:00 AM – Sunrise Eagle Viewing*

Viewing at the 1000 Islands Fishing Pier, Nelson Overlook or at Ahlstrom-Munksjo’s Technology Support Ctr., Thilmany Rd. Naturalists or volunteers will be at this viewing to assist in spotting and observing eagles along with answering questions.

7:00 AM – 4:00 PM A Storybook Walk and Adventure

You can read the book Ella, Eddie, and Egg* by 1000 Islands’ own Stephanie Feuerstein on our kid-friendly boardwalk trail. Reading stations will be set up along the boardwalk for a self-guided walk to read a page or two at each station. Visit each station to read the entire book. A virtual story time and educational program will be available online at the end of the program (4:00 PM) as well.

*This book is available to purchase in the Pavilion on Eagle Days or you can order through the mail for $10.00.

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Eagle Information/Activities in the Pavilion. Naturalists will be available to answer your Eagle questions, along with eagle activity bags for children to take home and complete, free hot chocolate to warm you up and Eagle related gift shop items to purchase.




9:00 AM – Mid-morning Eagle Viewing*

A naturalists or volunteers will be at the same viewing locations as the Sunrise Viewing.

10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, or 3:00 PM Live Bald Eagle Presentation via Zoom by the National Eagle Ctr., Wabasha, MN.

Watch a live eagle presentation and learn about their biology, ecology, natural history & cultural connections. You must pre-register for this presentation. To register for one of the time periods, please choose a program time and go to the appropriate registration link:

10:00 AM – https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__kFpLunuSBehqb44ihV90w

1:00 PM – https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CB_B_iN8Q7Ka7JmV2tG8CQ

3:00 PM – https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LZwMzWTqShaeapdeqB3Hfg

Only one registration per household is needed.

2:00 PM – Mid-afternoon Eagle Viewing*

A naturalist or volunteers will be at the same viewing locations as the Sunrise Viewing.

4:00 PM – Sunset Eagle Viewing*

A naturalist or volunteers will be at the same viewing locations as the Sunrise Viewing.

*Eagles can be seen any time of the day, but at sunrise & sunset they are more active as they are looking for food. Viewing is dependent mainly by the weather. All viewing is outside; dress appropriately & bring binoculars or a spotting scope.

Young bald eagles. File photo.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.