Cinergy is inviting the public to attend the ninth annual bald eagle watch Feb. 7 and 8 at its Cayuga electric power plant, just north of Terre Haute. During most years the area near Cayuga Station hosts the state's largest population of mid-winter migratory bald eagles.
Reservations are not necessary to attend the viewing. Admission is free. The public is welcome any time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. both days of the event. In addition to the eagles, tours of Cinergy's wetland/wildlife area will be available. The American Eagle Foundation will also be on hand to present its "Eagle and Birds of Prey Program," including captive live eagles at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
"The colder the weather, the more likely the birds are to show," said Tim Hayes, a senior environmental scientist with Cinergy. "When area lakes and streams freeze over in the winter, warm water discharged from the Cayuga power plant keeps the river area by the plant ice free, which attracts fish that the eagles feed on. Some of the eagles have built nests near the plant and are year-round residents."
Cinergy monitors and works in collaboration with groups such as the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to help manage endangered species found on or near its properties statewide. More information on Cinergy's environmental programs can be found at:
Cayuga Station is located approximately 35 miles north of Terre Haute on S.R. 63. The station can be reached by taking I-74 to S.R. 63 and then going north approximately 15 miles. Eagle viewers should dress warmly and may want to bring binoculars, cameras, and spotting scopes. In event of bad weather, no back-up days are planned.