Glen Eagle Roost and Preserve provides the critical habitats wintering
bald eagles need to survive. The preserve includes three
miles along the Mississippi River shoreline and three islands.
Many distinct habitats are found in the area. including limestone
bluffs, upland oak-hickory forests, maple-sycamore glens, cottonwood
floodplains, glacial sand hills and prairies. This
diversity of habitat results in a great variety of plant and animal
protect the eagles from disturbance, the roost is closed from November
1 to March 1 but open to the public the remainder of the year for
hiking, bird watching and exploring. If you plan
to visit the preserve, please call ahead to Kibbe Research Station's
Station Manager, Jim Lamer at (217) 256-4519. The site
has several miles of well-kept trails, maps of which are available
at Kibbe Life Science Research Station.
and February are peak eagle-viewing months. While the
birds can be seen throughout the area, best viewing is below the dam
on either side of the river at Keokuk. Generally, wintering eagles
are most actively feeding below the dam, from just after sunrise until
late morning. Fort Edwards in Warsaw is also a good
the nature conservancy originally selected this site?
federally endangered bald eagle, long a symbol of freedom, now has
become a symbol of nature's struggle to survive. Unfortunately,
as our country's shorelines are developed, and as pesticides, pollution
and man's encroachment on natural lands have increased, there are
few remaining places where eagles can find the winter habitats they
need. In 1974, there were only 791 breeding pairs of this magnificent
bird in the lower 48 states.
the bald eagle population is slowly reviving, largely because of the
ban on DDT. Researchers estimate that there now are 2,600
breeding pairs in the lower 48 states. However, this apparent victory
may be short-lived unless a second threat to eagles can be controlled
loss of habitat. To protect the bald eagle over
the long run, what is left of its habitat at places like Cedar Glen
Preserve must be saved.