ALTON — Tickets are available for Masters of the Sky at the National Great Rivers Museum.
The two-day eagle extravaganza Feb. 13-14 promises to amazing and entertain audiences of all ages.
The weekend will feature six opportunities to see the show featuring live birds from the World Bird Sanctuary. These hourlong spectacles 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. While these rehabilitated birds may no longer soar in the wild, they provide an unforgettable opportunity to educate the public about their role in the Mississippi River ecosystem. Spectators can look forward to specially trained birds that fly before their eyes. Shows are available at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14.
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 age 4-12, and free for children 3 and younger who can sit on a parent or guardian’s lap. Seating is limited to 250 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 museum is located off Illinois 143 at 2 Lock & Dam Way, Alton, IL 62024, adjacent to Melvin Price Locks & Dam. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily 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. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreatRivers.