Join park rangers for a fun filled day of birds of prey educational programming and live raptor viewing provided by partner organizations that include- the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, U.S. Forest Service, and Rowena Wildlife Clinic.
Eagle Watch is an opportunity to provide visitors with a unique, winter recreation and educational opportunity where they can learn about raptors and other migratory birds and EXPERIENCE seeing them in the wild.
The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is the perfect place to discover winter wildlife as it’s a prime location for roosting Bald Eagles. It’s not uncommon to see 30+ eagles at any given time, which is why many locals and travelers alike, use the parking lot and adjacent to Seufert Park as a staging area for eagle viewing. Some prefer to park and hike while others just view from their vehicle.
This year we’d like to accommodate our winter travelers by having the visitor center open during the month of January on weekends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as a place to warm up, before or after eagle viewing.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers will be available to answer questions, help people use spotting scopes (provided) and teach some basic bird identification tips and tricks. Interactive activities and hands-on displays will be available. Park staff will have a limited supply of binoculars and spotting scopes available for use. Visitors are welcome to bring their own if they have them.
The visitor center will be open every Saturday and Sunday for the month of January from 10 am to 3 pm. We are going to advertise these special hours as a place for visitors to come do some eagle viewing, warm up inside, ask a ranger, have some activities, etc.
The “Rain Date” for Eagle Watch will be Jan 27th if there is a blizzard or ice storm that should cause poor driving conditions/visibility.
Know before you go – check the weather forecast and dress appropriately! Beware of slick surfaces – slips, trips and falls are a common cause of injury. Drive safe and enjoy our Columbia River raptors.
For more information, contact:
The Dalles Dam Visitor Center
3545 Bret Clodfelter Way
The Dalles, OR 97058
Visitor Center: 541-296-9778
Ranger Office: 541-506-7857