Lake Guntersville State Park

Eagle Awareness

Eagle Awareness Overview

Eagle Awareness turns 35 years old this year at Lake Guntersville State Park. What began as an initiative to pull the bald eagle from the brink of extinction has developed into much more. Eagle Awareness Weekends feature live bird demonstrations and programs provided by notable speakers, guided field trips for viewing eagles in their natural habitat, and the natural beauty of the mountains and Lake Guntersville. Each year we welcome up to 300 guests to experience the history, nature, and education of these majestic eagles and many other birds of prey and critters. Exclusive deals are offered each year during Eagle Awareness weekends that are included with lodging. These deals include: a welcome packet, VIP access to presentations, discounts at the restaurant and gift shop, photo opportunities with birds of prey, activities for children, engagement with featured sponsors, one-on-one access with the naturalist and naturalist assistant, and educational memories that last for a lifetime. It's no wonder that these weekends are the perfect gift for the one that has "everything". Gift certificates are available for all state parks.


A Guide to Lake Guntersville's Eagle Awareness Weekends - Joe Cuhaj-Marcus Woolf-Stewart Green


Eagle Awareness Programs Cancelled for 2021

After careful consideration, and an abundance of caution for the safety of our guests and staff, Lake Guntersville State Park has decided to cancel Eagle Awareness 2021.  This annual event is one of the most popular programs at the park and always draws large groups that enjoy learning about the rise of the Bald Eagle population in North Alabama and seeing them in their natural habitat.  


According to Michael Jeffreys, North Alabama District Superintendent for Alabama State Parks, “We truly regret having to cancel this event, but given the current circumstances with Covid 19 , it is too difficult to plan and host something as large as Eagle Awareness and ensure the safety of everyone involved.” Management is planning for a series of virtual eagle programs and self-guided tours along with room packages as an option for individuals or small groups to safely learn about the Bald Eagles here at Lake Guntersville State Park. Planning is already underway for Eagle Awareness Week 2022, which promises to be one of the most informative and interactive events yet.