Lake Guntersville State Park

Eagle Awareness Weekends

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

 

2020 Eagle Awareness Scheduled 

Week One

January 24th, 2020 at 6:00 P.M., Park Naturalist Brittany Hughs from Desoto State Park presents Carnivorous Plants.

January 25th, 2020 at 2:00 P.M., David Haggard, West TN Interpretive Specialist, presents Birds of Prey.

January 25th, 2020 at 5:30 P.M., Shelly Taliaferro from Auburn University at Montgomery presents Whooping Cranes.

January 26th, 2020 at 2:00 P.M., a state park partner from the Alabama Wildlife Center will present Birds of Prey.

Itinerary:

Friday

5:00 PM –Orientation/Wine Tasting

6:00 PM– Evening Program

Saturday

5:30 AM – Early Bird Coffee (lodge lobby)

6:00 AM – Town Creek Eagle Watch

(Town Creek Pier)

8:30 AM – Q&A on Field Trips

9:00 AM – Field Trips

1:00 PM-2:00 PM– Children’s Activity

1:30 PM – Doors open for seating

2:00 PM– Afternoon Program 

3:30 PM – Eagle Watch at Town Creek

(Town Creek Pier)

5:00 PM – Doors open for seating 

5:30 PM– Evening Program

Sunday

5:30 AM– Early Bird Coffee 

6:00 AM – Town Creek Eagle Watch

(Town Creek Pier)

8:30 AM – Q&A on Field Trips

9:00 AM – Field trip 

1:30 PM– Doors open for seating

2:00 PM– Afternoon Program 

 

Week Two

January 31st, 2020 at 6:00 P.M., Camp McDowell will present Migratory Birds.

February 1st, 2020 at 1:30 P.M., 2020 Eagle Awards Ceremony

February 1st, 2020 at 2:00 P.M., Auburn University presents Birds of Prey.

February 1st, 2020 at 5:30 P.M., Auburn University presents Birds of Prey.

February 2nd, 2020 at 2:00 P.M., a state park partner from the Alabama Wildlife Center will present Birds of Prey.

Itinerary:

Friday

5:00 PM –Orientation/ Wine Tasting

6:00 PM– Evening Program

Saturday

5:30 AM – Early Bird Coffee (lodge lobby)

6:00 AM – Town Creek Eagle Watch

(Town Creek Pier)

8:30 AM – Q&A on Field Trips

9:00 AM – Field Trips

12:00 PM-1:00 PM– Children’s Activities

1:00 PM – Doors open for seating

1:30 PM– Eagle Awards

2:00 PM– Afternoon Program 

3:30 PM – Eagle Watch at Town Creek

(Town Creek Pier)

5:00 PM – Doors open for seating 

5:30 PM– Evening Program

Sunday

5:30 AM– Early Bird Coffee 

6:00 AM – Town Creek Eagle Watch

(Town Creek Pier)

8:30 AM – Q&A on Field Trips

9:00 AM – Field trip 

1:00 PM– Photo Opportunity

1:30 PM– Doors open for seating

2:00 PM– Afternoon Program

 

Week Three

February 7th, 2020 at 6:00 P.M., Rocky Baker will present Birds of Prey.

February 8th, 2020 at 2:00 P.M., Wings to Soar will present Birds of Prey.

February 8th, 2020 at 5:30 P.M., Natural History Education Company of the Mid-South.

February 9th, 2020 at 2:00 P.M., Alabama 4-H Center presents Raptor Trek.

Itinerary:

Friday

5:00 PM –Orientation/ Wine Tasting

6:00 PM– Evening Program

Saturday

5:30 AM – Early Bird Coffee (lodge lobby)

6:00 AM – Town Creek Eagle Watch

(Town Creek Pier)

8:30 AM – Q&A on Field Trips

9:00 AM – Field Trips

1:00 PM-2:00 PM Children’s Activities

1:30 PM- Doors open for seating

2:00 PM– Afternoon Program 

3:30 PM – Eagle Watch at Town Creek

(Town Creek Pier)

5:00 PM – Doors open for seating 

5:30 PM– Evening Program

Sunday

5:30 AM– Early Bird Coffee 

6:00 AM – Town Creek Eagle Watch

(Town Creek Pier)

8:30 AM – Q&A on Field Trips

9:00 AM – Field trip 

1:00 PM– Photo Opportunity

1:30 PM– Doors open for seating

2:00 PM– Afternoon Program 

 

Week Four

February 14th, 2020 at 6:00 P.M., George Cline from Jacksonville State University presents Alabama Reptiles.

February 15th, 2020 at 2:00 P.M., Wings to Soar will present Birds of Prey.

February 15th, 2020 at 5:30 P.M., Curt Cearly from RISE Raptor Inc. presents Birds of Prey.

February 16th, 2020 at 2:00 P.M., Alabama 4-H Center presents Raptor Trek.

Itinerary:

Friday

5:00 PM –Orientation/ Wine Tasting

6:00 PM– Evening Program

Saturday

5:30 AM – Early Bird Coffee (lodge lobby)

6:00 AM – Town Creek Eagle Watch

(Town Creek Pier)

8:30 AM – Q&A on Field Trips

9:00 AM – Field Trips

10:30 AM –Doors open doors seating

11:00 AM– Morning Program

1:00 PM – 2:00PM-Children’s Activities

1:30 PM– Doors open for seating

2:00 PM– Afternoon Program 

3:30 PM – Eagle Watch at Town Creek

(Town Creek Pier)

5:00 PM – Doors open for seating 

5:30 PM– Evening Program

Sunday

5:30 AM– Early Bird Coffee 

6:00 AM – Town Creek Eagle Watch

(Town Creek Pier)

8:30 AM – Q&A on Field Trips

9:00 AM – Field trip 

1:00PM– Photo opportunity

1:30 PM– Doors open for seating

2:00 PM– Afternoon Program

 

2020 Eagle Awareness Lodging Packages

Park Side Package (one queen bed): $185.00

Bluff Side Package (two queen beds or one king): $215:00

Suite Package (king or queen suite): $295.00

Majestic Package (cabin or chalet): $325.00

Happy Camper Package (site with full hook-up) $60.00 

 

For Lodge reservations contact (256) 505-6621 and for campground reservations contact (256) 571-5455. All packages include taxes and the following: a welcome gift, benefits bracelet that grants reserved seating at the programs, 10% discount at the Pinecrest Dining Room and in the gift shop, group rate pricing at Cathedral Caverns, and exclusive photo opportunities. All package rates are based upon a two person occupancy, each additional guest will be an additional $15.00. Packages are based upon room availability.