By: Mary Pellegrini
A convocation of Eagles
Bald Eagle populations were on the brink of extinction due partly to pesticide use. In 1963 there were 487 breeding pairs in the entire lower 48 states. Today there are over 1300 in Washington and Oregon. Bald eagles migrate south each winter in search of food and the Columbia River provides an excellent food source. Westrick Park, near the dam and across from the visitor center, seems to be a favorite winter vacation spot.
Avid birders will sometimes have their scopes set up for up close viewing of the majestic eagles along the river’s edge. It’s cold along the river, Dress accordingly and be prepared for possible snow and ice on the trails that take you down for a closer look at the convocation of Eagles on the water’s edge.
This FREE event is accessible to visitors with disabilities.
We encourage you to bring your own scopes, cameras and binoculars.
All activities will take place outside and follow COVID safety guidelines, so please dress appropriately.
Friday, January 21 – 10am to 3pm
Saturday, January 22 – 10am to 3pm
Friday, January 28 – 10am to 3pm
Saturday, January 29 – 10am to 3pm
The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will have educational raptor presentations on site.
Downtown you’ll find great restaurants, brew pubs, shopping, and wineries. To expand your Columbia Gorge Birding experience we have maps of the Oregon Cascade Birding Trails on hand.
We’re your home base for exploring and enjoying the Hood River Valley and beyond
After a full day, you’ll love the peace and tranquility of the Old Parkdale Inn. Relax in the gardens, perhaps with your favorite beverage, by the bonfire, roast some s’mores, weather permitting of course.
What’s to do
The Hood River Fruit Loop is located in the beautiful Hood River Valley at the foot of majestic Mt. Hood offering you a variety of wines, fruits, vegetables, flowers, ciders, and food. Outdoor adventures such as kayaking, windsurfing, skiing, snow boarding, and hiking await. Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, and Timberline Ski areas are only a short drive away, as is the vast Mt. Hood National Forest where trails and wildlife abound. We’ve created some enticing packages for your Stay Play Ski and Relax Vacation on Mt Hood. During the summer months stay at the Inn and take advantage of our partnership with Wet Planet Whitewater to receive $10 your raft adventure.