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Sun., Nov. 18, 2012, 6 a.m.

By popular demand, a second boat to sail for Veterans eagle-watching cruise on CdA


WILDLIFE WATCHING — Local veterans and military personnel can sign up starting at noon Monday for a free cruise boat tour on Saturday (Nov. 24) to view the start of the annual bald eagle congregation on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Local veterans and military personnel are allowed to bring up to five immediate family members on the boat that will tour Wolf Lodge Bay with a wildlife biologist aboard.

The first Veterans Eagle Boat Cruise offered last week filled in a couple of days, said officials with the Bureau of Land Management, which coordinates the veterans cruise along with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Priority seating will be given to veterans and active military personnel who have not previously been aboard the cruise

Reservations are required and will be taken via telephone.

  • Call Suzanne Endsley of the BLM at (208) 769-5004 during the business hours, starting at noon on Monday to 4:30 p.m.
  • The current status of available seating will be posted on the Coeur d’Alene Field Office’s website.

Boarding for the second two-hour cruise will begin at 12:30 a.m. on November 24 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Lake Cruises boat dock located on the east end of the Resort. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and bring binoculars and cameras. Food and beverage are available for purchase aboard the ship.

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.