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Snow means fewer people flock to Live Bald Eagle Watch in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Snowfall on Saturday morning led to a lower number of people attending the 26th annual Bald Eagle Watch along the Mississippi River in Dubuque. The event, which takes place at Dubuque's Lock & Dam No. 11, usually brings thousands to the Mississippi River to catch a glimpse of some American bald eagles.

"It's gotten bigger and better every year. It's not uncommon for us to have over several thousand people show up and several dozen birds," Bret Streckwald said. "This year, we are a little lacking in people because of the weather."

Bret Streckwald is a park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He said many people come out just to honor the bald eagle.

"The bald eagle has made a tremendous comeback from what it was. It was almost extinct many years ago," Streckwald said.

Becky Jenkins ventured out into the snowy weather to catch a glimpse of the bald eagles. She said this is her second year coming to the annual Bald Eagle Watch.

"They (the bald eagles) are very cool. They are hard to pick out right now since all of the snow is covering the trees," Jenkins said. "But we were able to spot some."

"It is much more difficult to see the bald eagles," Bret Streckwald said. He said it was more difficult to spot the mature bald eagles because their white heads blended well with the snow Saturday.

Streckwald said in the event's 26 years it has never been canceled.

"People are depending on us. They want to come out and see this. It's a major event for the Dubuque area," Streckwald said Saturday.

Streckwald said during Saturday's event the most eagles seen at one time was 15. Along with Bald Eagle Watch along Lock & Dam No. 11, the annual watch also featured programs and activities at the Grand River Center in Dubuque.

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