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Posted 12/19/2014

Release no. 14-098

Shirley J. Smith

VICKSBURG, MISS… Volunteers are needed for the Sardis Lake 33rd Annual Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey Saturday, January 17, 2015. The survey will begin with an orientation at the Sardis Lake Field Office at 7:00 a.m. Breakfast and T-shirts will be provided for each participant.

Visitors of all ages are welcome to attend. Many visitors have enjoyed the sight of these majestic birds as they flew overhead or saw them perched high in a tree.

For more information on this event, please contact Cody Scruggs at the Sardis Lake Field Office at (662) 563-4531.

Each year, Sardis Lake holds the survey to gather population data on our national bird. Since 1967, when the Bald Eagle was listed as an endangered species, the Bald Eagle populations have grown. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the Bald Eagle from the Federal Endangered and Threatened Species list in 2007.

Sardis Lake, part of the Mississippi River and Tributaries System (MR&T) of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, stretches over 98,000 acres through Panola, Lafayette and Marshall counties in northwest Mississippi. Approximately 1 and a half million visitors to Sardis Lake per year result in more than $26 million in spending with 60% being captured by local economies. Visitor spending also supports the addition of more than 400 jobs at Sardis 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.