Whenever you are actually in the presence of a real life bald eagle, it isn't surprising that it was chosen as our National Bird over Benjamin Franklin's suggestion of the turkey. We'll take nothing away from Mr. Franklin, and just all agree that the turkey is fine, the eagle is majestic. Well, there are families upon families of bald eagles that call Fort Collins home every winter, and you can learn about them, and experience them first hand with the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department Eagle Watches. They are free, no registration is required.

Kids and adults alike will adore these events. Accompanied by Master Naturalists, the sessions are highly educational and truly breathtaking. Glancing through high powered binoculars and gazing upon one of nature's finest creations while a walking encyclopedia talks about just what you were wondering is what makes this experience incredible, and potentially life changing.

Remember, not everyone in America has this type of opportunity! Not even everyone in Colorado has the chance to see and learn about our national bird and symbol in such a beautiful place. Take advantage!!

Master Naturalists are amazing. They go through a 50 hour training on local ecology and presentation skills before they are able to lead tours like this. They also take kids on school field trips. They do all kinds of education and outreach for the Natural Areas Program. They are amazing people.

Enjoy this great interview about the Eagle Watches and much more with Zoe Whyman.

The City is also offering Stargazing and Lunar Eclipse Viewing for Free! Take full advantage of what your city has to offer!

Below is the schedule for the Eagle Watches.

  • Saturday, December 3, 9-11 a.m.
  • Saturday, December 10, 9-11 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 11, 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, December 17, 9-11 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 25, 9-10:30 a.m. Christmas Day