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Kaw Lake Ultimate Eagle Watch set for January 18

Save the date — Jan. 18 — for the opportunity to view one of nature’s most majestic creatures.

The Kaw Lake Ultimate Eagle Watch offers opportunities to see Bald Eagles, attend hours of activities and sample Native American food. For horse owners, there’s Eagle Viewing by Horseback, offered for the third year in 2014. There is no charge for the event, but donations are greatly appreciated to help offset the costs.

The event continues to grow in popularity, according to Kathy Tippin, executive director of the Kaw Lake Association, event presenter.

“We offer amazing activities and programs throughout the day along with refreshments and a free Native American luncheon,” Tippin said.

“This year we will have indoor programs at three locations, bringing back many of the favorites including the live raptor program, the traditional PowerPoint presentation on eagles by the Oklahoma Department Wildlife Conservation, the Potawatomi Aviary program and, of course, the live eagle presentation from the Sutton Avian Research Center, near Bartlesville.

“Also this year, we are featuring a new program, ‘Wildhaven Rehabilitation Center’ by Diana Soderstrom, local rehabilitator.”

While the free guided eagle viewing tours are the major draw, the day includes many more activities, she explained.

For starters, at 7 a.m. at both the Kaw City Community Center and the Kaw Nation Learning Center, doors open and refreshments are served at 7 a.m., and the first guided eagle viewing tours depart both locations at 7:30. Two more tours depart at 10 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. from both locations.

At the Kaw City School, 904 Washunga, doors open with refreshments at 8 a.m. Two presentations and refreshment breaks continue throughout the morning.

At Kaw City Hall, 900 Morgan Square, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., visitors can enjoy a craft show and sale and indulge in breakfast burritos for sale by the Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Other events include seminars, a live eagle program and a free Native American luncheon including corn soup, fry bread and grape dumplings to be served at the Kaw Nation Community Center just west of Washunga Bay. Meat pies also will be available for sale.

Transportation for the free Native American lunch at the Kaw Nation Community Center will be provided from the Kaw City Community Center and the Kaw Nation Learning Center — departing at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

The First United Methodist Church, 457 Hickory Drive, Kaw City, offers Indian Tacos for $6, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

The Eagle Viewing by Horseback program at Sarge Creek Campground runs between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Eagle Viewing by Horseback is available for horse owners with guides Rick Boyd and Lori Young. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch and their horses. The tour will be canceled in the event of ice or snow.

Camping is available for riders on Jan. 17 and 18 for $10 per camp site per night. Reservations are not being taken but there will be plenty of sites, Tippin said.

All programs are subject to change depending on the weather. In case of ice or snow, phone 580-716-9015 before heading for the Ultimate Eagle Watch.

For additional information phone: 877-671-6985 or 580-762-9494 or go to www.kawlake.com.

For Information on the Eagle Watch by Horseback phone Rick Boyd, 580-716-7425.

Kaw Lake Ultimate Eagle Watch — Jan. 18

Kaw City Community Center — 700 Morgan Square

7 a.m. Doors open with refreshments.

7:30 a.m. Guided eagle viewing tour departs.

9-9:45 a.m. History of the Eagle and its Habitat (Mark Howery)

9:45 a.m. Break-Refreshments

10 a.m. Guided eagle viewing tour departs.

10-10:45 a.m. Citizen Potawatomi Aviary Project (Jennifer Randel and Bree Dunham)

10:45 a.m. Break-Refreshments

11-11:45 a.m. Live eagle from Sutton Avian Research Center (Ryan VanZant)

1:30 p.m. Guided eagle viewing tour departs.

Kaw Nation Learning Center — 803 Washunga Drive

7 a.m. Doors open with refreshments.

7:30 a.m. Guided eagle viewing tour departs.

9:00-9:45 a.m. Importance of Eagles to Native Americans (Luther Pepper)

9:45 a.m. Break-Refreshments.

10 a.m. Guided Eagle Viewing Tour Departs

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Wildhaven Rehabilitation Center (Diana Soderstrom)

10:45 a.m. Break / Refreshments

1:30 p.m. Guided Eagle Viewing Tour Departs

Kaw City School — 904 Washunga

8 a.m. Doors open with refreshments.

9- 9:45 a.m. Cinnamon Valley Exotics (Michele Walenciak)

9:45 a.m. Break-Refreshments

10-10:45 a.m. Oklahoma Falconers presentation with live raptors (Kent Carbaugh)

10:45 a.m. Break-Refreshments

Kaw City Hall — 900 Morgan Square

7 a.m.- 2 p.m. Craft Show and Sale. Also Breakfast Burrito’s for sale by Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Lunch

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free Native American luncheon including corn soup, fry bread and grape dumplings will be served. Meat pies will be for sale. Kaw Nation Community Center (located just west of Washunga Bay.)

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Indian Taco, $6, First United Methodist Church, 457 Hickory Drive

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sugar Shack, 400 Morgan Square N.

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Ruthy’s, 711 Morgan Square

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