Just a short report to say that the Eagle Watch, sponsored by Dubuque Audubon Society, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the DNR and the Dubuque Conservation Board among others, is a tremendous free activity. I went hoping to see a few eagles and was overwhelmed to see at least 20...8 on an ice flow hunting fish, 2 and 3 perched in many trees and some just soaring. Free trolleys took us to Lock and Dam #11, where an Army Corps engineer was a available to answer questions and an Audubon member had scopes set up for viewing. We also brought out own binoculars.
This was the 25th anniversary of this group hosting an eagle watch day. And, what was most amazing was that 25 years ago there were only 5 bald eagles documented. Now, there are 337 documented nests.
Even though this was a planned and organized event, the good news is that the eagles will be wintering in the area now through February. They migrate south to the Mississippi River from Canada. So, if you missed this day, you can still get yourself to the Lock and Dam #11 on the Mississippi, where there is a viewing platform and parking. The eagles will be here because the lock and dam keep the river from freezing so the eagles can hunt for fish. Lock and Dam #11 are north of the Grand River Center at the Port of Dubuque.
Thanks to everyone for their tips and recommendations.