Eagles and Ice 2025 – Save the Date
Saturday, Jan. 18 — Ice Carving & Eagle Watching
Sunday, Jan. 19 — Live Presentations, Ice Carving, & Eagle Watching
Every winter, majestic bald eagles make LeClaire their winter home, soaring through the skies high above the Mississippi River. Catch a glimpse of these magnificent birds of prey during the 3rd Annual LeClaire Eagle Festival, featuring ice carving and eagle watching Saturday, Jan. 18, and presentations by Midwestern eagle experts, activities for kids, vendor tables, and additional ice carvings on Sunday, Jan. 19.
This free event offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see our incredible national symbol in its natural habitat while experiencing live eagle demonstrations and educational opportunities in the warm comfort of the Celebration Center! Spotting scopes on the Celebration Center rooftop patio will allow an up-close look without disturbing the eagles as they hunt for food. Other birds will be identified as well.
Check back for updates to the event schedule for Eagles and Ice 2025! In the meantime, peruse the 2024 event schedule to catch a glimpse of what’s in store for next year’s event!
2024 Schedule of Events
- Three ice sculptures will be carved by Rob Storm at Aunt Hattie’s Fanciful Emporium. Once the sculptures are complete, they will be moved around to various locations for viewing.
- Eagle watching along the Mississippi River.
Sunday events will be held from 11 am to 4 pm at the Celebration Center located at 229 N. Cody Road in LeClaire.
10:45 am – Doors Open to Public, Vendor Tables, Kids’ Activities, Hot Cocoa Bar
11:00 am – World Bird Sanctuary with Live Eagles
12:00 pm – Eagle Tales with Brian “Fox” Ellis
12:30 pm – The RARE Group with Live Birds of Prey (Eastern Screech Owl and Rough-legged Hawk)
1:30 pm – Photographer Ty Smedes Presentation of “The Life of Iowa’s Bald Eagles”
2:30 pm – World Bird Sanctuary with Live Eagles
3:15 pm – Eagle Tales with Brian “Fox” Ellis
- The St. Louis-based World Bird Sanctuary will host presentations with live eagles. The World Bird Sanctuary has treated more than 21,000 injured birds and has helped organize conservation efforts on four continents.
- The Iowa City-based RARE Group, a non-profit raptor rehabilitation and education organization, will host presentations with a live falcon and owl. The RARE Group is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and conservation of birds of prey throughout Iowa. Their avian ambassadors educate the public about the wonders of Iowa’s raptor species, the dangers they face, and what can be done to help these birds have a better quality of life in the wild.
- Photographer Ty Smedes will host a presentation with slides and information offering an often-unseen look at the lives of Iowa’s bald eagle population, from fishing to building nests and much more! Find out how researchers track eagles’ movements and where the eagles come from. Second editions of Smedes’ book, “The Return of Iowa’s Bald Eagles,” will be available for sale and can be signed by the author.
- Internationally acclaimed author and storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis will share stories about bald eagles, bringing along a spotting scope and books for sale.
- Rob Storm will carve three more ice sculptures at Mississippi River Distilling Co. Once the sculptures are complete, they will be moved around to various locations for viewing.
- LeClaire Community Library will be on hand with organized activities for children.
- A Hot Cocoa Bar will be provided.
- Eagle watching along the Mississippi River on the Celebration Center roof with birding experts on hand and spotting scopes courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Visit Our Event Vendors
Sunday, Jan. 21 from 11 am to 4 pm
- Fox Tales International
- Ty Smedes
- World Bird Sanctuary
- Steve Malmberg – Local Wildlife Photographer
- The RARE Group
Sharing information on their efforts for rescue, rehabilitation, and conservation of birds of prey.
- Buffalo Bill Museum
Sharing information on the Museum and selling souvenir eagle merchandise.
- LeClaire Community Library
Providing fun and educational kids’ activities throughout the day.
More to See & Do
Make a weekend of your eagle excursion! LeClaire has many great lodging options on the banks of the Mississippi River along with wonderful restaurants, shops, and Libations Lane. Plan your trip today!