Eagle Watching Tips
The following tips for eagle viewing will help you to have the best possible experience:
- Scan the tree line for eagles that are perched in the tree tops.
- Look overhead for eagles soaring high in the sky.
- Check ice floes or river islands for eagles sunning themselves or enjoying a meal.
- Arrive early (7am – 9am) or stay late (4pm – 5pm), when eagles are most active.
- Be patient – the key to successful viewing is patience.
Winter is the best time to view eagles, so we suggest these safety and comfort tips:
- Dress warmly and in layers: boots, hats and gloves are strongly recommended.
- Bring along a hot beverage.
- Pull your vehicle completely off the road and park ONLY in designated areas.
- Turn on your car heater for short periods of time.
For the safest and least intrusive bald eagle viewing, we recommend the following eagle etiquette:
- Remain in or immediately next to your vehicle, and don’t approach eagles closer than a quarter mile. Avoid roosting areas.
- Refrain from loud noises: honking horns, door slamming, radios playing, yelling, etc.
- Keep pets at home.
- Use binoculars or spotting scopes instead of trying to get a little closer.
- Don’t do anything to try to make the bird fly.
- Respect private property and avoid restricted areas.