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The best place to view eagles in Boulder County is near a prairie dog colony. Although recently decimated by the plague, there are still some healthy colonies, including one east of 75th street between Valmont Road and Arapahoe Avenue.

The Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge is proving to be an attractive waystop for migrating bald eagles wintering along the Front Range.

From December through March, more than 100 bald eagles visit the refuge annually. And, in a single evening, as many as 30 eagles can be observed perched in cottonwood trees along First Creek

Bald Eagle Days, hosted by he U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will last through Sunday. The refuge offers some unique opportunities for viewing our national symbol.

Eyes on Eagles Wildlife Tours —Saturdays through March 9 at 10 a.m. and Sundays through March 10 at 2 p.m. See bald eagles, coyotes and mule and white-tailed deer on a winter wildlife tour. Learn about the history and future of the refuge. Call 289-0232 to make a reservation.

Raptor Reporting Days— Saturdays through February 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The refuge will provide a field guide that will help you distinguish among bald and golden eagles, great horned owls and ferruginous and red-tailed hawks so you can be a Raptor Reporter. Record when and where you see these birds and add your information to a gigantic map of the Denver area as part of the winter raptor count.

Twlllght Eagle Watch Tours— Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. You can tour refuge habitats near the Eagle Watch (a blind that allows you to see them without scaring them away). After the tour, view bald eagles through spotting scopes and watch and listen to them on closed-circuit televisions as they return to roost in trees for the evening. Call 289-0232 to make reservations.


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