Do you know which bird of prey hangs out in a convocation? (2012)
Hint–Come to Eagle Watch 2012, Feb. 25-26!
The hint’s a giveaway–eagles gathered in one area are called a convocation. You can learn more about raptors at the 17th annual Eagle Watch held in Round Butte Overlook Park perched above Lake Billy Chinook in central Oregon.
Breeding pairs of both bald and golden eagles live year-round in the land surrounding Lake Billy Chinook. Between January and March, migratory bald eagles from throughout North America join the permanent residents. The annual winter gathering of bald eagles is one of the largest in Oregon.
Eagle Watch is free. Bring the entire family to visit the yurt village for live birds of prey demonstrations, cultural exhibits and Native American art. Eagle spotting tours start at the Main Building. See the schedule for a full list of activities and times.
Need a place to camp? Tumalo State Park, 45 miles south, and Prineville Reservoir, 55 miles southeast, are the closest state parks that offer year-round camping. Private camping is available at the Central Oregon KOA east of Culver and the Mountain View RV Park in Metolius.
The Cove Palisades State Park campgrounds are closed temporarily because improvements are under way in the Crooked River Campground and the regular seasonal closure of Deschutes Campground. The three cabins and day-use areas are open. For more information, see our earlier story The Cove Palisades Crooked River campground to get extreme makeover! Watch for a park update in the March “Go Guide.”
Eagle Watch sponsors include the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Portland General Electric and The Crooked River National Grassland.