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Bald Eagle at Wolf Lodge Bay

 

Eagle Watch



Each winter from November through February a migrating population of bald eagles visits the Lake Coeur d' Alene area to feed on spawning kokanee salmon.
The BLM began counting bald eagles around Wolf Lodge Bay in 1974. The number of eagles returning to this area varies from year to year.


 


2014 Weekly Count
November 25:
4 eagles spotted
November 19: No eagles have been spotted yet

2013 Weekly Count
November 12:
3 adults, 0 juveniles = 3 total
November 20: 2 adults, 0 juveniles = 2 total
November 27: 11 total
December 3: 46 adults, 10 juveniles, 1 unknown= 57 total
December 10: 73 adults, 12 juveniles, 1 unknown=86 total
December 18: 110 adults, 19 juveniles = 129 total
December 30: 196 adults, 21 juveniles = 217 total
January 9: 51 adults, 2 juveniles = 53 total

2012 Weekly Count
November 20: 
58 adults, 6 juveniles = 64 total
November 27:  88 adults, 12 junveniles = 100 total
December 5:  84 adults, 37 juveniles = 121 total
December 13: 157 adults, 47 juveniles = 204 total
December 19: 208 adults, 49 juveniles = 260 total
December 28:  140 adults, 43 juveniles = 183 total
January 4: 126 adults, 31 juveniles = 157 total
January 10: 44 adults, 12 juveniles = 56 total

Directions: About 11 miles east of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Take US-90 east from Coeur d'Alene for eight miles to Wolf Lodge Bay (exit 22), then south on Highway 97 for three miles. 

Eagle Season


Safety/Viewing Tips

• Avoid disturbing the birds.  Do not approach them on foot.

• Stay as far away from the birds as possible. Binoculars are essential.

• Stay in your vehicle if viewing nearby birds.

• Park off the main road. Suggested viewing areas: Higgins Point, Mineral Ridge Boat Ramp, Mineral Ridge Trail head

• Do not stop on the road or look for eagles while driving. Interstate 90 and Highway 97 are heavily traveled. Remember, it is illegal to stop in any traffic  lane.

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