This is the weekend for the Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey. It’s been held for over 30 years and is coordinated by the Army Corps of Engineers. According to DNR Wildlife Biologist Stephanie Shepherd they counted over 3000 eagles last year and are looking for large numbers this year. She says that Iowa is a terrific place for winter watching with the best concentrations along the bigger waterways. Communities will host Bald Eagle Days with indoor displays and outdoor viewing. For bald eagle events, go to iowadnr.gov. One such event will take place at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa tomorrow. Events run from 8:30 am to 2 pm and free to participants.
Another note from the Iowa DNR: 2012 hunting and fishing licenses expire today. Beginning tomorrow, everyone needs to attain their licenses. And the DNR have several new options for those licenses in 2013. Bundled licenses are available to save time. Options include an outdoor combo license, which is an annual Resident Hunting/Fishing/Habitat license and Bonus Line Licenses will allows for an additional line. There is also the Angler’s Special and the Hunter’s Special, which are three year licenses. Fees remain the same for 2013.