Eagle Day
Milford Nature Center

3415 Hatchery Drive
Junction City, Kansas 66441
(785) 238-5323

Canceled for 2021
free

Milford Nature Center Map

Eagle Day - Milford Nature Center
Eagle Days - Milford Lake
Spotting scopes for viewing the eagles on the ice in the distance.

Eagle Day at Milford Nature Center near Junction City, Kansas takes place on a Saturday in January. At one time it was a two day event and the name (with the plural) has never changed. When checking for info about the current year's event, be careful that you do not look at old schedules, several of them are still up on the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism web site.
 

2021 Eagle Day Canceled

The combination of COVID19 and the lack of eagles at Milford Lake in 2021 has resulted in the canceling of the event. The warm winter has kept lakes and rivers from freezing over, farther north, and the eagles have not traveled this far south this winter. Milford Nature Center still plans to hold eagle day in 2022.

The nature center is open Monday - Friday from 9-4:30 for visitors to come and see Justice, the Bald Eagle, and Kamali, the Golden Eagle that are on display year around. There are still some eagles arounf Milford Lake, but they are not as easy to find and see as previous winters.

Milford Eagle Day is a full day of free events. Activities often include the Nature Center being open (it is otherwise closed in winter), programs with live eagles and other live raptors, kid's activities & crafts, free admission to Milford State Park, free bus rides to eagle viewing and free popcorn & hot chocolate.

There were many eagles present during the 2015 event that is pictured on this page, but they were all at great distances. It was not necessary to take a bus to view the eagles, though the bus did take visitors to locations where binoculars and spotting scopes were available to better view the eagles.

Although some eagles nest in the summer at Milford Lake, the large number of birds which are seen here in winter have come here from farther north, to find open water where the fish and waterfowl which provide most of their diet can be caught.


This photo of eagles is taken with a long lens from the location the bus stopped. At least 13 eagles were visible at the same time.

bald eagles at Milford Reservoir
The closest that eagles could be seen was from the dam, but the birds were still far away.
The eagle at left is mature, while the immature bird at the right does not yet have adult plumage.

barn owl at Milford Nature Center - Junction City, Kansas
Family posing with a barn owl in the Milford Nature Center.

Great Horned Owls
Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) at the Raptors of Kansas program

golden eagle and bald eagle at Milford Nature Center
Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) & bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalu) on display between programs.

Turtles - Milford Nature Center
Viewing turtles in the nature center

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