Eagle Watch 2012 was held on February 4, from 8 am to 2 pm at the Big Bend Recreation Area at Kinzua Dam in Warren County Pennsylvania. This event was sponsored by U S Army Corps of Engineers, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Penn Soil Resource Conservation & Development Council, Kinzua Cachers, and the Allegheny Outdoor Club. Three public areas of interest was opened for the pubic viewing and learning about America’s national bird, the Bald Eagle: Big Bend Visitor Center, Riverside Watchable Wildlife Trail and Viewing Platform, (located along the Allegheny River overlooking the tailwaters of the dam), and Kinzua Dam roadway. The Dam was opened up for the public to go on top of and walked over (anyone over the age of 18 had to have a photo ID).
We left the house at 9:35 am Friday morning. First stop was at the BP. We have a tradition of buying 4 lottery tickets before we head out and keep them till we get back (so more on that later). Stopped at the Sheetz in New Alexandria. Just a small snack of 2 hot dogs with bacon & cheese, French Fries a small veggie tray & s banana. (NOTE: The French Fries there are so good!!) Arrived at the Allegheny National Forest around 1:30 PM AND AT THE kINZUA dAM AT 1:45 PM. The temperature was around 38 degrees with very little wind. We saw 1 mature & 2 immature on and around Dixon Island on the Allegheny River. At the dam there was 6 ducks, but they were to far away to be identified. We stayed an observed till 4:30 pm. We stopped at the Perkins in Warren PA for dinner were we had a cup of CHicken noodle soup, Roast Beef sandwich with Au Jus & french fries, and the 7 oz sirloin with 4 fired jumbo shrimp, broccoli & a baked potato. Everything was very good. We’ll definitely go back. We stayed at the Super 8 in Warren PA. Very nice and clean motel. They offer a continental breakfast with hard boiled eggs, waffles, muffins, stinky rolls, a variety of cereals and bananas. We had a refrigerator & a microwve in the roomas we always bring water & snacks with us.