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Duke Energy conducting 17th annual bald eagle viewing day

Friday, January 13, 2012

PLAINFIELD -- Duke Energy will conduct its 17th bald eagle viewing day Saturday, Jan. 28, at its Cayuga electric power plant along the Wabash River about 35 miles north of Terre Haute.

The event is free and open to the public, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations are not necessary.

"Eagle Viewing Day is one of Duke Energy's most popular public programs," Cayuga Station General manager Frank Klopfstein said. "People tell us every year how much they appreciate the opportunity to see the eagles in their natural habitat."

The American Eagle Foundation will be on hand again to present its, "Eagle and Birds of Prey Program," at 10 a.m., and 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 North Vermillion Elementary School and Southeast Fountain Elementary School Jan. 26, and at Davis Park Elementary School and Franklin Elementary School in Terre Haute Jan. 27.

During most years, the area near Cayuga Station hosts the state's largest population of mid-winter migratory bald eagles. When 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 on which the eagles feed.

Eagle viewers should address 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 at www.duke-energy.com.

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

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-- Posted by myrtle52 on Sat, Jan 14, 2012, at 9:13 AM

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