Eagle Watch at Lake Billy Chinook set for Feb. 27-28
Mark your calendar for the 21st annual Eagle Watch celebration Feb. 27-28 at PGE’s Round Butte Overlook Park 10 miles west of Madras. The free celebration honors eagles and other raptors that live in the Lake Billy Chinook area. The two-day celebration runs 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Festivities will be in the “Eagle Village” at the park visitor center.
“This event has something for the entire family,” says event coordinator and Oregon State Parks Ranger Erin Bennett. “Visitors may glimpse our resident bald eagles and golden eagles, as well as learn about the eagle’s significance to local Native American culture and traditions.”
While you’re there, meet Aquila, a rehabilitated golden eagle, as well as a great horned owl. Children can build a bluebird house (on Saturday) or a bird feeder (on Sunday) and make a commemorative Eagle Watch button to take home. The Madras Garden Center will show how to create a backyard refuge and enjoy birdwatching year-round.
To cap off the event, the Quartz Creek Drummers and Dancers will present tribal drumming and dancing at 2 p.m. on Sunday sponsored by Warm Springs Power and Water Enterprises.
Admission and parking at PGE’s Round Butte Overlook Park are free. New Eagle Watch souvenirs will be available, and a silent auction will benefit the Oregon Eagle Foundation. Cash and checks accepted; there is no ATM on site.
Oregon State Parks, Portland General Electric (PGE), and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs are the event hosts.