BEMIDJI-In honor of National American Eagle Day on June 20, Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht has proclaimed June 22 as Eagle John Mathisen Day in Bemidji.
The public is invited to celebrate the important role the local area played in the recovery of the bald eagle population. Events will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Paul Bunyan Park, with additional events at Lake Bemidji State Park, Norway Beach and the Neilson-Spearhead Center. Attendees can hear from bald eagle experts, join in activities and get their picture taken with a live raptor, a release said.
Here's a look at the schedule of events for the day:
Paul Bunyan Park:
• From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be games, trivia, a raffle, and art activities for children.
• From 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. there will be a talk by John Mathisen, retired U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist and pioneer eagle researcher, on "The Eagle's Journey: Back From Near Extinction."
• From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. there will be a photo booth with a live raptor.
• From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. there will be a live raptor demonstration.
Lake Bemidji State Park:
• From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. there will be a storytime and the building of an eagle's nest.
• From 3 to 4:30 p.m. there will be a guided hike to an eagle's nest.
Norway Beach Campground visitors center, Chippewa National Forest:
• At 10 a.m. there will be beach chair eagle watching (bring your own chair).
• At 1 p.m. there will be an "Eagles vs. Loons" presentation.
• At 7 p.m. there will be a presentation by the Bald Eagle Management of the Chippewa National Forest, with audience participation.
Neilson Spearhead Center, Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society:
• At 4 p.m. there will be a guided hike to an eagle's nest.