Annual Bald Eagle Festival - Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, IL


Annual Nature Activity
Bald Eagle Festival

Pere Marquette State Park
Grafton, Illinois

Sunday, January 27, 2019


Location: Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton, IL

Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019

Times: 11 am - 3 pm

Description: It has been a banner year for wildlife enthusiasts as scores of bald eagles have been spotted soaring overhead in the river bend area. Known as being a winter refuge for the birds, the Middle Mississippi River Valley houses the second largest population in the continental United States. The area’s current surge in population is believed to be caused by the recent harsh winter weather which produces ideal river conditions for the birds.

The arrival of the bald eagle also leads locals to anticipate a banner year for the Bald Eagle Festival at Pere Marquette State Park. The festival will feature live music and entertainment by the World Bird Sanctuary as they showcase the Bald Eagle and several other raptor species in their Masters of the Sky Show at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Festival goers can also enjoy unique vendor booths, live music, face painting, educational exhibits, restaurant favorites and wine tasting. The Bald Eagle Festival takes place the historic Lodge located within Pere Marquette State Park which is known for its scenic outlooks, hiking trails, educational programs, and of course, bald eagles!

Entry into the festival is free. Tickets to the “Masters of the Sky Show” will be $5 per person and will be sold at the Pere Marquette Lodge Front Desk the day of the festival or online.

For more information call 618-786-2331 or visit

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