In celebration of our majestic national symbol, the Bald Eagle, Blank Park Zoo will host our annual Eagle Day from 10-2 PM on Sunday, July 15.
Each year, Iowa and surrounding states welcome 1/3 of the global population of Bald Eagles during their migration. Join us to find out how you and your family can help Bald Eagles continue to thrive, while enjoying the following activities:
Zoo visitors will experience "All Nations Drum" led by Medicine Eagle, Bob Barnhill.
Iowa conservationist and retired DNR official, Pat Schlarbaum will share the Bald Eagle story, using a replica nest.
Wildlife rehabbers will teach guests about the rescue and rehabilitation of Iowa’s wildlife.
Zookeeper Chat about our eagles, Liberty and Spirit.
The Iowa DNR will share information about eagle nest monitoring and raptor box building.
City of Des Moines Park and Recreation will have a kid's nest building activity.
Add your “wingspan” to a community art project while at the Zoo.
The Zoo will also share its "Iowa Hunters: Leading the Way" campaign. Eagles and other wildlife are vulnerable to spent lead left in the environment as a byproduct of hunting and fishing activities – the Zoo encourages hunters and anglers to hunt and fish lead free!
10:00 am - Eagle Keeper Chat (Eagle Exhibit) 11:00 am - Iowa DNR Eagle Nest Monitoring chat (Eagle Exhibit) 12:00 pm - Native American drumming and story-telling (By Prairie Dog Exhibit) 10 am - 2 pm - Kids Wingspan Activity (Eagle Exhibit) 10 am - 2 pm - Eagle Nest Building Activity (Eagle Exhibit)