The Pueblo Chieftan

16th Eagle Days a snow go

Snowflakes and icy roads didn’t stop bald eagle enthusiasts Saturday from attending the 16th annual Eagle Days at Lake Pueblo.

The event had to be moved inside the Visitors Center and the red-tailed hawk release was canceled, but the raptor lessons went on.

“This is the first time we’ve ever been iced and snowed out,” said Debbie Ackley, a volunteer with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Raptors were on display in the lobby as about 50 people attended the event.

Guest speakers presented information to participants and there were plenty of activities for kids.

Bald eagles are common visitors to Lake Pueblo during the cold-weather months.

“Usually we have the scopes set up, but visibility is not good today. The snow kept us inside today,” Ackley said.

Native American dancers performed as well.

“There still were a lot of people who came out and braved the weather,” Ackley said.

Ackley said eagles were spotted flying around Saturday.

“But it was hit or miss. Usually they are out on the ice and will hunt for the ducks and stuff. They’ve always been there until this year,” Ackley said.

Ackley said the events draw people in each year.

“It’s a great community effort. We have great organizations out here all helping to put this event on,” Ackley said.

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