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25th annual event will be the last with its name, but a new event will be unveiled in 2021. Art contest is open.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - The 24th annual Eagle Watch, which was supposed to be a two-day event in 2019 was cut short as a result of the winter snowstorm that blew in overnight. The organizing committee is moving the event to March this year.The 25th annual Eagle Watch will be held about a month later than it has been in the past, and it will be the last to carry its name.

This year's event will still be at Round Butte Overlook Park at Lake Billy Chinook, but instead of facing February's weather extremes, the committee decided to move the event to March 28 and 29, said Erin Bennett, an interpretive park ranger at Cove Palisades State Park.

Last year 450 people came, but organizers had to cancel Sunday activities because of record snowfall.

Activities include raptor-spotting stations, guided walks, birdhouse and feeder building, a program with the Quartz Creek Dancers of Warm Springs, nature games and crafts, a scavenger hunt, door prizes and visits from Smokey Bear, JR Beaver and Seymour Antelope.

Eagle Village will have food and souvenirs available. Admission and parking are free.

And while 2020 will mark the last Eagle Watch, a new, "even better" event will debut in 2021 and will include the entire Lake Billy Chinook region, Bennett said.

The event also includes the Fifth Annual Raptor Art Contest, which is open to all fourth through 12th graders in Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes counties.

Students are invited to create original works depicting local raptors, such as eagles, hawks, falcons, vultures or owls.

Individual and class submissions are accepted in one of the following areas: science-fair-style board or display, a video no longer than five minutes, or a PowerPoint presentation no longer than 10 minutes.

All of the winning entries will be displayed at Eagle Watch, and the winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28.

To enter the Fifth Annual Raptor Art Contest:

Photograph artwork or upload class project files, then email the photos or links to Bennett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 4:30 p.m. March 6.

Submissions must be original student artwork or a class project.

They must include the student or class name, school grade, email and phone number.

They will be judged on creativity and originality.

Individuals and classes will be judged separately.


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