The Kokanee are spawning on Wolf Lodge Creek, drawing the attention of our National bird, the bald eagle. Every winter during the Kokanee run, hundreds of these majestic creatures perch above Wolf Lodge Bay feeding on the delicious freshwater salmon. Arrivals began shortly after Thanksgiving this year and will increase up until Christmas when their numbers usually reach around one hundred.
Although you can see them through out the day, perched on snags on the mountain sides of Lake Coeur d’Alene, the early morning hours will provide you with some lofty entertainment. Just after dawn you can observe them perching close to waters edge, looking for a flash of silver before they swoop down in a spiraling motion, snatch the fish with their talons and return to their perch to feast. Throughout the day soaring eagles can be ovserved around the bays at Higgins Point, Wolf Lodge and Beauty Bay.
Join the Bureau of Land Management during Eagle Watch, December 19-21st and December 26-29th between 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Wildlife biologist will be on hand to answer questions, present demonstrations and provide telescopes for the public to enjoy. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars or zoom lens cameras, as getting too close to the eagles is discouraged.
Eagle watching cruises depart downtown Coeur d’Alene for a 2-hour exploration to quiet, isolated bays with the best view around. Reservations are required for Dec 17-20, 26-27 or Jan 2-3 afternoon cruises.
This is a rare and wonderful way to see our National symbol, the American Bald Eagle in it’s natural habitat. Call Rhonda or Linda at TMI Tours & Cruises for information on accomodations in Coeur d’Alene, cruise details or the best spots to enjoy eagle viewing. 1-800-975-7775 or [email protected]