Gov. Daugaard Proclaims Bald Eagle Awareness Week in South Dakota

February 22-27, 2016

American Bald Eagle Day
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South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

Pierre, SD -( Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Feb. 22-27, 2016, as Bald Eagle Awareness Week in South Dakota.

Free events are scheduled across the state and interested individuals and students have a variety of opportunities to learn more about birds of prey.

On Feb. 25, the Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls will host an open house with a free program beginning at 6:30 p.m. CST featuring live birds of prey. This free event is presented by educators from the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. Visit or call 605.362.2777 to register.

On Feb. 27, the Pierre Ramkota, in conjunction with the KCCR Farm, Home and Sports Show, will host free programs featuring live birds of prey beginning at 10:30 a.m.,12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. CST. These events are also presented by educators from the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota.

Also on Feb. 27, the Outdoor Campus in Rapid City will host a free raptor-themed open house. The Black Hills Raptor Center will present at 1 p.m. No registration is required.

Bald Eagle Awareness Week is an annual event; sponsored by conservation and outdoor recreation organizations, merchants and conservation agencies to increase public involvement and awareness about bald eagles and other birds of prey.

For more information, visit: or contact Casey Heimerl at 605.773.4345.

View Gov. Daugaard’s executive proclamation.

About The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (SDGFP):

The purpose of the Department of Game, Fish and Parks is to perpetuate, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance South Dakota’s wildlife resources, parks, and outdoor recreational opportunities for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the people of this state and its visitors, and to give the highest priority to the welfare of this state’s wildlife and parks, and their environment, in planning and decisions.

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Bill Dohrmann

We have a family of Bald Eagles living in our cottonwood trees. They come each fall and stay until late spring. They have raised chicks here and have a huge nest in the tree. They feed on the prairie dogs in our pasture and we have had as many as six eagles in our tree at one time. They are beautiful to watch! We live in Custer county in South Dakota.