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Cayuga hosting Duke Energy bald eagle viewing days

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

TERRE HAUTE -- Duke Energy will conduct its 15th bald eagle viewing days Jan. 30-31, at its Cayuga electric power plant, along the Wabash River just north of Terre Haute.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. It will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and reservations are not necessary.

The American Eagle Foundation will also be on hand to present its "Eagle and Birds of Prey Program," from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., each day. The presentation will include captive live eagles.

"This should be a good winter for seeing bald eagles in west central Indiana," Duke Energy Senior Scientist Tim Hayes said. "With the recent cold weather, most of the rivers and lakes in the Great Lakes region have frozen completely, so the eagles have had to migrate south to central and southern Indiana. During most years, the area near Cayuga Station hosts the state's largest population of mid-winter migratory bald eagles."

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.

Eagle viewers should dress warmly and may consider bringing binoculars, cameras and spotting scopes.

No backup days have been scheduled if bad weather takes place.

Duke Energy 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 Duke Energy's environmental programs may be accessed at http://www.duke-energy.com.

The Cayuga Station is located approximately 35 miles north of Terre Haute on State Road 63. The station may be reached by taking Interstate-74 to SR 63 and then traveling south for 15 miles, or by taking United States 36 to SR 63 and then going north approximately 15 miles.

For more information regarding the event, call 1-800-832-3143.

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This event is definitely worth the drive and the extra layers of clothing. My Mom and I have been every year except for one and we LOVE IT! The AEF puts on a great program and then you can go out to different viewing sites to see the eagles in their natural habitat. There has never been a time that we didn't see any eagles either flying, sitting in the trees, or fishing. I highly reccomend taking the trip to Cayuga Station for this!!!!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Jan 13, 2010, at 10:39 AM

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