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Visitors to Heron Lake State Park in north central New Mexico on Saturday will have a golden opportunity to see and learn about bald eagles in the wild.
The state park Friends group is hosting the annual Bald Eagle Watch at the state park Visitor Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Raptor experts from The Wildlife Center in Española will be on hand with a live baldy and other educational birds to talk about raptor habitat, habits and rehabilitation.
Bald eagles were on the endangered species list for years due to the overuse of DDT pesticides in the environment.
With the ban of DDT, the speed with which bald eagles have returned is a success story. Eagles can be viewed around the lake during the late fall, winter and early spring, when they generally leave for more northern latitudes.
A bald eagle viewing tour of Heron Lake will be given after the indoor program. Light refreshments will be served.
Bring camera, binoculars and dress warmly. Admission to the event is free but the state park day use fee of $5 per vehicle applies.
If you go
What: Bald Eagle Watch
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Heron Lake State Park
Cost: $5 per vehicle