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View raptors at Eagle Watch Feb. 22-23

At Round Butte Overlook Park


The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Portland General Electric, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs will host the 19th annual Eagle Watch Feb. 22-23, at Round Butte Overlook Park and the Cove Palisades State Park.

The annual celebration honors the eagles and other raptors that call the Lake Billy Chinook area home and features a wide variety of activities designed to explore the natural and cultural significance of the birds.

"Eagle Watch is a fantastic opportunity to see both bald and golden eagles," said event coordinator and OPRD resource specialist Paul Patton. "Ten pairs of bald eagles and 10 pairs of golden eagles live in the area year-round, and migrant bald eagles join the resident birds from January through March. That makes this one of the largest gathering spots for eagles in the region." "The eagle holds a significant place in tribal culture and traditions," said Robert "Bobby" Brunoe, natural resources general manager for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. "It is honored throughout the year for its spiritual significance, and Eagle Watch provides a special opportunity to gather together and share what that represents to us all."

Round Butte Overlook Park's visitor center, located 10 miles west of Madras, is the starting point for visitors. There, an "Eagle Village" will feature displays and presentations by regional birds-of-prey experts as well as kids' crafts and prize drawings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. "Eagle Watch has something for the whole family," said Tony Dentel, PGE park operations manager. Guided eagle viewing sessions will take place both days at Round Butte Overlook Park and the Cove Palisades State Park; shuttles will be available to transport people between the sites.

To cap off the event, the Quartz Creek Drummers and Dancers will provide a special presentation of tribal drumming and dancing sponsored by Warm Springs Power and Water Enterprises at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission to all Eagle Watch events is free, and complimentary parking is available at PGE's Round Butte Overlook Park (an Oregon State Parks day-use permit is required to park vehicles at the Cove Palisades State Park).

Sponsors of Eagle Watch 2014 include the Oregon Eagle Foundation, Sunriver Nature Center, Crooked River National Grassland (U.S. Forest Service), Raven Research West, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, East Cascades Audubon Society, The Museum at Warm Springs, Bureau of Land Management, Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Earth2O, Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa, and Telecom Pioneers of America. People planning to attend Eagle Watch can make reservations to camp or stay in a cabin at the Cove Palisades or Tumalo State Park (45 miles south) by calling 1-800-452-5687. Private camping is available at the Central Oregon KOA east of Culver and the Mountain View RV Park in Metolius. For more information about Eagle Watch, call the Oregon State Parks information line at 1-800-551-6949 or visit oregonstateparks.org.




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