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Eagle Watching

Take binoculars and a camera to observe a magnificent migration of bald and golden eagles

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Every year, more than 1,000 eagles settle on the outskirts of Oklahoma City. Eagles fly from Canada to spend the winter near numerous rivers and lakes in the south. It is in Oklahoma where eagles find a warm home and a stable food source.

The migration season starts between late November and early December. But the best time to observe them in their natural habitat runs from mid-January through mid-February. At that season, local parks are magnets for both eagles and birdwatchers.

There are many locations for eagle watching: both in Oklahoma City and on the outskirts. The city's closest are Lake Thunderbird State Park, Arcadia Lake, Keystone Lake, and The Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, Tenkiller State Park, Kaw Lake, and Quartz Mountain Nature Park are within a two- or three-hour drive from Oklahoma City and are great locations for bald eagle watching. Black Mesa State Park & ​​Nature Preserve is known for its golden eagles.

Most parks organize special tours at sunrise and sunset for small groups of tourists. Bird watchers are starting to reserve tours beginning from October. So it is better to book it in advance. The migration season may also be different each year, so you should contact state parks or wildlife management to clarify the tour schedule.