American bald eagles
ALTON — Tickets are available for the annual Masters of the Sky event at the National Great Rivers Museum.
The two-day eagle extravaganza will be Feb. 13-14. Each year, this event entertains audiences of all ages.
The weekend will feature six opportunities to see the show featuring live birds from the World Bird Sanctuary. These one-hour 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 creatures face on their annual migrations. While these rehabilitated birds may no longer soar in the wild, they provide an 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 children, 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 museum activities is free of charge, tickets for the show are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 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 Great Rivers. The museum is located off River Heritage Parkway (Illinois 143) at 2 Lock & Dam Way, 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.