LAND BETWEEN the LAKES –  Friends of Land Between the Lakes host Eagle Viewing Cruises for the public on the CQ Princess, a 96-foot, double-decker luxury yacht, on Jan. 19, 20, 21 and Feb. 14. Each cruise includes a hot catered meal and opportunities for great views of bald eagles. On-board naturalists from the Friends of Land Between the Lakes will help spot eagles and other wildlife, as well as tell the inspiring story of the bald eagle’s comeback from the brink of extinction in western Kentucky. In addition to bald eagles, visitors will likely see native wildlife such as ducks, turkeys, deer and herons.

Reservations and full deposits are required for all cruises. The popularity of eagle excursions calls for early reservations. A full listing of eagle viewing activities can be found below and online on the “Friends of Land Between the Lakes” Facebook page. Call 270-293-7040 to reserve your tour.

“Land Between the Lakes serves as a major wintering spot for bald eagles from northern areas such as Michigan and Canada,” sais John Pollpeter, Nature Station’s lead naturalist. “Since Kentucky and Barkley lakes remain unfrozen throughout winter, they attract northern bald eagles looking for open water where they can find fish. The 300 miles of undeveloped, forested shoreline at Land Between the Lakes provides eagles with the ideal habitat they need to thrive.”

In 2018, biologists counted close to 140 bald eagles wintering in the Land Between the Lakes area, as well as 30 active nests. The eagle cruises give visitors a chance to view the

The schedule for Eagle Viewing River Cruises are:

• Saturday, Jan. 19, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Brunch Cruise.

• Saturday, Jan. 19, 1-4 p.m. Lunch Cruise.

• Sunday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch Cruise.

• Monday, Jan. 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch Cruise.

• Thursday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m. to 2 pm. Lunch Cruise.

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