STELLA — Temperatures are expected in the 50 degrees for Saturday, as countless spectators will be heading to Stella for the annual Stella Eagle Day event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

STELLA — Temperatures are expected in the 50 degrees for Saturday, as countless spectators will be heading to Stella for the annual Stella Eagle Day event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free of charge and open to the public.
"The winter eagle population soars," said Jeff Cantrell, Conservation Education & Outreach Missouri Department of Conservation. "Although we have a slow/steadily growing resident population of eagles in Missouri, the state’s winter population increases dramatically. Our winter eagle population is made up of birds from southern Canada, the Dakotas, and the Great Lake States as well as our regional raptors.  If the eagles are seen here past mid-March they are probably Show-Me year-round birds."
Spotting scopes will be set up and available for the spectators.
"There is nothing like viewing eagles in the wild," he said. "It is an exciting day for all ages and hopefully sets people on many outdoor adventures throughout the year."
Spectators come from near and far to view the eagles.
"My favorite thing about the day is not only helping people see the birds and interpret the eagle facts," said Cantrell. "But we get the opportunity to empower teachers, homeschool parents, and grandparents to share nature with the youth.”
The event is a partnership with the citizens of Stella, students from East Newton High School, the non-profit Chert Glades Missouri Master Naturalist group and us (Missouri Department of Conservation).
"Our mission is simply to help the public, students and families discover and enjoy nature and in this case specifically their national symbol the bald eagle," he said.
The master naturalists will present educational messages on the life of a bald eagle.  Exhibits will cover bird of prey adaptations, habitat needs, water quality and artwork.