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Tue., Dec. 25, 2012, 8:33 a.m.

Eagle Watch Week Dec. 26-30 at Lake CdA


Bald eagles, such as this one snatching a spawning kokanee from Lake Coeur d'Alene, are popular winter birdwatching attractions. But eagles will be only one of dozens of species birders expect to identify during upcoming Christmas Bird Counts. 
 (Photo by Tom Munson / The Spokesman-Review)
Bald eagles, such as this one snatching a spawning kokanee from Lake Coeur d'Alene, are popular winter birdwatching attractions. But eagles will be only one of dozens of species birders expect to identify during upcoming Christmas Bird Counts. (Photo by Tom Munson / The Spokesman-Review)

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A bounty of at least 260 bald eagles counted last week bodes well for the annual Eagle Watch Week, Dec. 26-30, along the eastern shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

The eagles are congregating for their annual winter feast of spawning kokanee in Wolf Lodge Bay.

BLM and Idaho Department of Fish and Game will have staffers at two interpretive — Mineral Ridge boat launch and Mineral Ridge Trailhead.

DIRECTIONS: Go east of Coeur d'Alene about 8 miles on Interstate 90. Take the Wolf Lodge Exit. Both of the staffed viewing areas are along Highway 97.

Eagle ambassadors will have high-power spotting scopes, mounted displays and interpretive materials available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In the case of bad weather, check for cancelations or updates by calling (208) 769-5048 after 9 a.m. each day. BLM will also post a message on the Coeur d’Alene Field Office webpage.

See this blog post for tips on CdA eagle viewing areas.




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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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