American bald eagles
ALTON — The National Great Rivers Museum announces the return of Masters of the Sky, a two-day eagle extravaganza Feb. 14-15.
The weekend will feature six opportunities to see live birds from the World Bird Sanctuary. These one-hour shows highlight birds of prey and offer an opportunity to view eagles, owls, falcons, vultures and hawks. The program will describe the challenges and obstacles these majestic creatures face on their annual migrations. These rehabilitated birds help educate the public about their role in the Mississippi River ecosystem. Spectators can look forward to specially trained birds that soar above their heads. Shows are available at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 15.
The museum will be full of crafts and activities for the kids, opportunities for photos with Eric the Eagle and more. Visitors will also enjoy free tours of Melvin Price Locks and Dam for a chance to see wild eagles from a bird’s-eye view.
While admission to the museum activities is free, Masters of the Sky tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children 3 and under who can sit on a parent or guardian’s lap. Seating is limited to 200 people per show. Shows are conducted in a heated tent just outside the museum doors. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the National Great Rivers Museum, by calling (618) 462-6979 or online at www.mtrf.org.
This program is made possible by the Meeting of the Rivers Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the importance of large rivers. The National Great Rivers Museum is located off River Heritage Parkway (Illinois 143) at 2 Lock and Dam Way, Alton, IL 62024, adjacent to Melvin Price Locks and Dam. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and has free admission and tours of the locks and dam. For information, or to purchase tickets to a “Masters of the Sky” show, call (618) 462-6979 or toll free (877) 462-6979, or go online to www.mtrf.org or www.facebook.com/GreatRivers.