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Prairie du Sac and Sauk City, collectively known as Sauk Prairie, is the home of Bald Eagle Watching Days along the Wisconsin River. Bald eagles naturally flock to Prairie du Sac every winter to fish the river’s open waters. Check out Birds of Prey shows, an eagle release, guided bus tours, Native American legends, aerial antics, and family activities at this free, family-friendly event Friday, January 17th and Saturday, January 18th.
For winter survival, eagles need open water for fishing, undeveloped shoreline with large trees for perching, and sheltered valleys for night-time roosting. Eagle watching is best during the morning when the birds are most active fishing and are frequently seen perching in trees along the river. Spotting scopes are available for your use at Ferry Bluff Eagle Council’s Overlook in Prairie du Sac.
Marge from REGIS (the Raptor Education Group Inc.) will be releasing up to 3 eagles, including one “magnificent” adult, starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Eagle release is held at VFW Park in Prairie du Sac.
Check out this video about the event from last year:
Prairie du Sac and neighboring Sauk City are often combined to be called “Sauk Prairie.” These two towns not only birthed Culver’s restaurants and host bald eagles in winter, they have a variety of great shops, galleries, restaurants, bars, and more. Vintage Brewing recently opened a satellite brewery in Sauk City and the riverfront views are fantastic across both towns. Highways 60 and 78 run through the heart of each downtown, while U.S. 12 provides high-speed access on the west side to Madison and Wisconsin Dells. Highway 188, on the other side of the river, offers access to the Wollersheim Winery & Distillery. You can truly make this an awesome road trip day or weekend!
Address for Bald Eagle Watching Days:
River Arts Center
105 9th Street (Highways 60/78)
Prairie du Sac, WI 53578