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Posted 1/3/2018

Release no. 18-001


Contact
Shirley Smith
601-631-5223
shirley.j.smith@usace.army.mil

Vicksburg, Miss…Arkabutla Lake’s 18th Annual Eagle Watch will be held January 20, 2018.

Volunteers will watch, count and document movement of bald eagles around Arkabutla Lake. Volunteers will meet at the Arkabutla Lake Field Office at 7:00 a.m. and sign volunteer paper work. No pre-registration required.

Last year, 11 volunteers assisted Corps rangers with this survey. Area locations with recent eagle sightings are Kelly’s Crossing, Coldwater Point, Dub Patton, Senatobia Wetlands, and Hernando Point. Volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately and bring binoculars.

Volunteers will return to the Arkabutla Lake Field Office at approximately 10:00 a.m. for a live-birds-of-prey educational program from the Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc.

Each January, several hundred individuals from across the nation count eagles along standard, non-overlapping survey routes.  

Although the primary mission of Arkabutla Lake is flood damage risk reduction, approximately 855,000 individuals visit Arkabutla Lake annually to enjoy the camping, playgrounds, swimming areas, several types of trails, fishing, boat ramps and marinas.  The lake traffic brings approximately $14,000,000 annually to the local economy and supports almost 250 jobs. Arkabutla Lake is one of the four lakes in Mississippi maintained and operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District.  Information on Corps lakes and recreational areas can be found on the Vicksburg District Operations Division’s website at http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/lakes/