A Golden Eagle
A Golden Eagle
Eagle enthusiasts will have a chance to get some hands-on eagle-watching experience during an upcoming workshop in January.

Ric Zarwell of Lansing has organized a training session and field trip Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Decorah Public Library's upstairs meeting room.

"Birds of prey are very cool. Large and powerful Golden Eagles are an especially iconic bird species. The wintertime ecology of the Goldens that nest in the high arctic and migrate to Northeast Iowa to spend their winters is fascinating, and is now becoming better understood. This makes these beautiful wanderers even more interesting," said Zarwell, a retired conservationist who is active in a wide variety bird and habitat protection initiatives.

"I've organized a training session and field trip for early in 2014 that will cover the mysteries of Golden Eagles. Please mark your calendars and attend," said Zarwell.

About the program

The program, entitled ""Golden Eagles in Iowa and Upper Midwest" will include education on the eagles' ecology and natural history, plus identification tips from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by a field trip along and near the Upper Iowa River to provide practical attendees with some outdoor experience.

The presenter for the day will be Scott Mehus, education director at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minn.

Sponsors for the event include the National Eagle Center and the Decorah Public Library.

Zarwell will release more information about the event as it becomes available.

Survey Day

Those attending the Jan. 11 program will receive the training and practice necessary to participate in the annual golden eagle survey day Saturday, Jan. 18. A signup sheet will be available.

For more information about survey day, visit nationaleaglecenter.org/golden-eagle-project/