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Mission to photograph Bald Eagles at Millenium Park

I heard that there are bald eagles in Millenium Park (along with other great wild life) and I am on a mission to capture a few great photos of the eagles along with other nature shots. Anyone care to join me? I haven't been to Millenium Park in a while so welcome suggestions on what area of the park would be the easiest for everyone to meet.

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  • Robert P.

    I think I located a good area for eagles and osprey based on conversations today with a naturalist and someone who's been to this area recently. I will take a look in the next few days and give a heads up if it looks good.

    2 · May 10, 2014

    • Robert P.

      Diane I thought I would pass some info onto you in your quest for eagle shots. I checked a couple of Ottawa Co Parks (Grand River Ravines & Grand River Park) today but no luck. I will check Upper Macatawa Park soon. In the meantime I learned of a bird siting website run by Cornell Univ Lab of Ornithology: www.eBird.org. If you register, it's free, go to Explore Data>Range & Point Maps and enter Bald Eagle & select current dates & select location you will get an expandable map of recent sitings of eagles. This might be the best we can do unless we get lucky and find a site they stay at.

      May 11, 2014

    • Diane O.

      great, thanks for the tip. My daughter, who lives in Rockford, said she's seem eagles flying over the dam in Rockford before.

      May 11, 2014

  • Georgia M.

    Thanks for keeping us informed.....

    May 10, 2014

  • Karen T.

    Nice, Robert. I don't live to far from there either. If you want some company, let me know. Maybe I can join you.

    May 10, 2014

  • Diane O.

    Sorry, I didn't find anyone. I parked on the side of River Bend Drive and just walked along the trails. Unfortunately, I didn't spot any eagles, but was able to get in a few good nature shots. Have to still edit the pics.

    May 10, 2014

  • Diane O.

    I am wearing black crop pants and a white tank top with my hair in piggies (and will have a camera, of course...LOL), so you can find me.

    May 10, 2014

  • Diane O.

    Or I may try park in the area just North of Johnson Park. I will have to wait till I get out there to see what is blocked and what is open to access. If I can access the internet on my phone out there, I will post where I am.

    May 10, 2014

  • Diane O.

    Parking may get tricky. Here are links to the 10K and 25K Fifth Third Run running map to see what areas may be blocked off. I may see if I can park at John Ball Zoo and walk in that way, not sure yet. https://www.53riverbankrun.com/uploads/rbr2013_10K.pdf

    Here is the 25K map: https://www.53riverbankrun.com/uploads/pdfs/25K%20Course.pdf

    May 10, 2014

  • Georgia M.

    I would love to go but have another commitment...

    May 9, 2014

  • Karen T.

    Let me know if you decide to do another date, please. We are celebrating MY Mother's Day on Saturday, so that my married children's spouses can have Mother's Day with their mom's!

    1 · May 9, 2014

  • Diane O.

    I know with this being Mother's Day weekend, and the
    River Bank run, it may not be the best weekend to try this, but since Saturday is the only day that they are forecasting chance of rain for at least a week, I wanted to see if I could get some pics Saturday. I may set up another future nature event at this place or another park area.

    May 9, 2014

  • Robert P.

    I already have plans for sat so I can't do it. However, let me know what it looks like for eagle activity and I would be interested in going another time to check it out.

    1 · May 9, 2014

    • Diane O.

      I most definitely will, if I see any. Fingers crossed.

      May 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Riverbank runners run right past millenium park and there will be lots of spectators. What are the chances they will all be scared away because of all the commotion??

    May 9, 2014

    • Diane O.

      Oh, they do? Hmmm...doesn't the run start at 8 or 8:30 ish? If so, hopefully they will be done or past the park by 10 or so. Wonder if there will be traffic issues or will they be blocking roads to the park?

      May 9, 2014

  • Tom T.

    Thanks for the invitation but I've already made prior plans for this weekend.

    May 9, 2014

  • Christine

    I already have several things to go to on Saturday, otherwise this sounds great!

    May 9, 2014

  • Diane C.

    Wow...that sounds like something I would love to do, however, this is a very busy weekend for me and no time.

    May 9, 2014

  • Kelly W.

    Thanks but I have to go to a wedding shower.

    May 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be out of town for Mother's Day week-end. We have seen them when we've been biking the trails, though. Good luck!

    May 8, 2014

  • Michael K.

    Hi Diane, I can't make it but I pushed the announcement out. Hope you have a good turn out.

    May 8, 2014

  • Bill L.

    I would love to go, but I can't make it this Saturday. I have a new lens I need to practice with.

    May 8, 2014

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