Eagle Tourism Takes Flight in Missouri

Published 01/03 2014 05:35PM

Updated 01/03 2014 06:20PM

BRANSON, Mo. -- Outdoor tourists are migrating to the Ozarks to find birds that are doing the same thing.

Many local conservation departments and outdoor centers will host eagle watching days in the coming weeks.

Some bird experts even give tours during the winter months. Robert Brim, who sells show tickets during the heavier tourist months in Branson, leads families and school groups as a side job.

He said between 100 and 300 people take eagle tours each winter.

The birds will often appear during the cold and breezy parts of the day. They eat early in the morning and late in the evening.

Brim said people often confuse eagles with other birds of prey, but that you can spot an eagle from its white head and tail and wings stretched straight out to the side.

He says eagles are a national symbol and a valuable part of Missouri wildlife.

"Put the kids in the car, bundle them up. Bring your cameras, binoculars, video cameras with them," Brim recommends. "And have a great day. There's nothing like seeing an eagle out in the woods. Because one minute they're there. The next minute they're not and the next minute they're gone. Sometimes you see them, sometimes you don't, but we've only had one day this year where we didn't see any. We just didn't have any wind blowing."

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