Masters of the Sky Raptor Program - East Alton, Illinois


Annual Nature Activity
Masters of The Sky

East Alton, Illinois

February, 2020



Location: National Great Rivers Museum, #1 Lock and Dam Way, East Alton, IL

Dates: February 16 - February 17, 2019

Times: 9 am - 5 pm

Description: Masters of the Sky is an educational and informational program sponsored by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Meeting of the Rivers Program. The weekend will feature six opportunities to see the Masters of the Sky show featuring live birds from the World Bird Sanctuary, a nature center in Valley Park, Missouri. These one-hour long spectacles highlight birds of prey and offer an opportunity to view live eagles, owls, falcons, vultures, and hawks. The program will describe the challenges and obstacles these majestic creatures face on their annual migrations. While these rehabilitated birds may no longer soar in the wild, they provide an unforgettable opportunity to educate us about their role in the Mississippi River ecosystem. Spectators can look forward to specially trained birds that soar above their heads! Shows are available at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm each day.

The museum will be full of crafts and activities for the kids, opportunities for photos with “Eric the Eagle”, and more. The main bird on display will be one of WBS’s bald eagles who will be perched in the museum for visitors to admire in between shows at Noon and 2 pm for 30 minutes in the gallery for free. Visitors will also enjoy free tours of Melvin Price Locks and Dam for a chance to see wild eagles from a bird’s eye view!

While admission to the museum activities is free of charge, tickets for the Masters of the Sky show are $5 for adults, $3 for children 4-12 years of age, and free for children 3 and under who can sit on a parent or guardian lap. Seating is limited to 200 people per show. Shows are conducted in a heated tent just outside the museum doors. Tickets may be purchased starting January 1st by visiting the National Great Rivers Museum, calling 618-462-6979, or online at

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