Eagle watch

DeGray Lake Resort State Park will host its 40th annual Eagles Et Cetera festival January 25-27.

DeGray Lake Resort State Park will host its 40th annual Eagles Et Cetera festival January 25-27.

Outdoor enthusiasts can choose from a number of memorable excursions offered during the weekend event: Enjoy a guided Eagle Watch Tour on DeGray Lake; embark on an evening Owl Prowl Adventure Tour or Golf Course Safari in search of nocturnal creatures; or accompany a master falconer on a Live Falconry Hunt on one of DeGray’s islands.

There will be plenty to see and do inside the lodge as well. Enjoy up-close views of live birds of prey during presentations by some of Arkansas’s premier animal caretakers and educators. Learn about a number of different conservation topics from experts like Rodney Paul of Raptor Rehab of Central Arkansas; Rusty Scarborough, a master falconer; as well as educators and handlers from the Little Rock Zoo. Enjoy hands-on programs and crafts in the kid-friendly Eaglets Activity Room.

The centerpiece of the celebration will be the Little Rock Zoo’s Birds of Prey Show featuring Lynn, the American bald eagle.

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DeGray Lake Resort State Park said in an announcement that all programs will be free of charge, with the exception of boat-based tours, golf course safaris, and select crafts. Eagle Watch Tours are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. A limited number of reservations for Saturday’s eagle watch tours will be available beginning Monday, January 21 at noon.

Registration for Friday’s and Saturday’s Live Falconry Hunts (one hunt each day, space is limited) opens Thursday, January 24 at noon at $20/person. All remaining tour reservations for the weekend, including the Owl Prowl Adventure Tours ($12/adults; $6 children 6-12; under 6 free) and Golf Course Safaris ($10/adults; $5 children 6-12; under 6 free) will be available beginning at noon the day before each tour.

Reservations for Eagle Watch Tours can be made at the marina, 501-865-5841. Guests can register for all other tours or lodging by calling the lodge front desk at 1-800-737-8355 or 501-865-5851. Binoculars and cameras are welcome and encouraged. Please dress warmly for outdoor tours, especially lake tours.

DeGray Lake Resort State Park is located near Hot Springs and Arkadelphia, six miles north of Interstate 30 at Caddo Valley (exit 78).

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