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Duke Energy schedules 16th eagle viewing day

Thursday, December 23, 2010

PLAINFIELD -- Duke Energy will conduct its 16th bald eagle viewing day Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at its Cayuga electric power plant along the Wabash River just north of Terre Haute.

The event is free and open to the public and will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Reservations are not necessary.

"In past years, we've held a two-day event," power plant general manager John B. Hayes said. "Because most visitors attend on Saturday, we decided to try a one-day event this time and compare the results."

The American Eagle Foundation will be on-hand again to present its "Eagle and Birds of Prey Program, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The presentation includes captive live eagles.

Duke Energy is also sponsoring school presentations with the eagles.

The American Eagle Foundation will be at Turkey Run Elementary in Marshall and South Vermillion Middle School in Clinton, Jan. 27, and at Rockville Elementary and Dixie Bee Elementary in Terre Haute, Jan. 28.

"This should be a good winter for seeing bald eagles in west central Indiana," environmental scientist at Cayuga Station Tom Knapke 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 year, the area near Cayuga Station hosts the state's largest population of mid-winter migratory bald eagles."

When area lakes and streams freeze during 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 want to bring binoculars, cameras and spotting scopes. In the event of bad weather, no backup day is planned.

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 on the Internet at www.duke-energy.com.

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