Annual Eagle Fest held last Saturday

EAGLE FEST–Ryan Vineyard with the World Bird Sanctuary is pictured with Patriot the bald eagle at last Saturday’s Eagle Fest event.

The chilly weather over the weekend may have kept some people away, but the annual Eagle Fest event on Saturday was still a great event.

Held at the Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam the event naturally featured eagles. In addition to being able to see a few wild bald eagles flying or roosting in the area, there were spotting scopes set up to view an eagle’s nest, and the World Bird Sanctuary (WBS) of Valley Park, MO, brought in a pair of education birds for multiple presentations.

This year’s birds were Patriot the bald eagle and Duncan the wedge-tailed eagle. Showing off the eagles were WBS handlers Tess Rogers and Ryan Vineyard.

While Vineyard walked around showing off the eagles, Rogers gave background information on these eagles, as well as information about both species.

Rogers was happy to note that Duncan is turning 30 years old this year. Wedge-tailed eagles, which are native to Australia, can live up to 20 years in the wild. Duncan’s wingspan is approximately eight feet. He is also the first wedge-tailed eagle to have been hatched in captivity in the United States.

For more from this year’s Eagle Fest, please see this week’s print edition.