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Posted 12/17/2014

Release no. 14-096


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

VICKSBURG, MISS… Arkabutla Lake will host the 15th annual Mid Winter Bald Eagle Survey, Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 7:00 a.m. 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. for breakfast and to sign volunteer paper work, pre-registration is not required.

Last year, six volunteers assisted Corps rangers with this survey. Area locations with recent eagle sightings are Kelly’s Crossing, Coldwater Point, Dub Patton and Overflow Spillway. 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.

For more information on the Bald Eagle Survey, please contact Kandy Alldread at (662) 301-4563.

Arkabutla Lake, part of the Mississippi River and Tributaries System (MR&T) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, is located near Coldwater, Mississippi, and is approximately 30 minutes south of Memphis, Tennessee. Approximately 1 million visitors per year result in $14 million in spending with 60% being captured by local economies. Visitor spending also supports the addition of almost 250 jobs at Arkabutla Lake. As The Corps offers an array of recreational opportunities that include fishing, boating, camping, hiking, bicycling, swimming, and photography stewards of public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is dedicated to providing a safe, quality recreational experience for all visitors.