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Masters of the Sky

Looking for something to do President's Day Weekend - Feb. 16-17?

Head to the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton to witness the "Masters of the Sky" eagle watching weekend.  Presented by the Treehouse Wildlife Center, the "Masters of the Sky" birds of prey program features falcons, hawks, owls, vultures and eagles.

Not only will you see different species of raptors, but you will also learn a vulture's secret weapon and how to identify a bird of prey in the wild. Sit back and enjoy this up close and personal view as some of the birds soar right overhead.

In addition to the show the museum will be full of crafts and activities for the kids. Visitors can also see live eagle demonstrations and take a free lock and dam tour.

The Great Rivers & Routes region is the eagle watching destination in the Midwest and the National Great Rivers Museum is your Eagle Watching Hot Spot on President's Day weekend. For more information, call the National Great Rivers Museum at (618) 462-6979.

Schedule of Events
Masters of the Sky Show
Feb. 16 & 17
Showtimes:  11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Come see eagles, falcons, owls and other birds of prey at this educational and informational birds of prey program presented by the Treehouse Wildlife Center. Admission fee: $5 for Adults; $3 for children 12 and under; 3 and under are FREE. Only 10 tickets per person. You can purchase your tickets online at

Lock & Dam Tours
Feb. 16 & 17
Tour Times:  Ongoing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See the Mississippi River from a whole new perspective eight stories on top of the Melvin Price Locks & Dam.  This is one of the largest locks & dam on the Mississippi River, and it is a great place to see the eagles in action as the water churns up the fish needed for the eagle's next meal.

For more information on all of the Masters of the Sky programming, call (618) 462-6979 or go to

Eagle watching adventures will continue throughout the month of February. Check the Calendar of Events for your last chance to see the eagles on a guided tour!



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