Get spectacular views of America's national bird at the Marina Visitor Center in Guttenberg on Saturday, Feb. 11, when Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Eagle Watch and Cabin Fever Day. Live raptors, hot chili, and cool ice sculpting are among the entertainment planned.
Dubuque photographer, Gary Fagan, will share his extensive body of wildlife work, including many shots of bald eagles in flight and on the hunt, diving for fish in the Mississippi.
Professional ice carver Matt Meadows of Bettendorf returns for another impressive display, transforming a 350-pound block of ice into a work of art. While Meadows braves the cold, spectators have a bird's eye view from inside the warm Marina Visitor Center, located at 715 S. River Park Drive. The carving begins at 11 a.m.
Meadows learned ice carving from Dawson List, a member of the American Olympic ice carving team while living on the Gulf Coast. He moved north after Hurricane Katrina and brought his skills with him.
A SIZE television will be the grand prize for winners of the Chamber's annual chili cook-off. The competition continues to grow in popularity, so this year's cook-off will accept only the first eight entries. Cooks should contact Chamber Director Emily Sadewasser at 563-252-2323 by Feb. 8 to enter.
Winners are chosen by popular vote, so community members are invited to warm up with a taste of each chili for a free-will-donation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the marina center. The grand prize television has been purchased locally from Guttenberg Electronics and donated by the Guttenberg Motel.
The RARE Group (Raptor Advocacy, Rehabilitation, and Education) of Iowa City will give a presentation featuring a rare chance for a close-up experience with a live eastern screech owl and a majestic American kestrel at 2:30 p.m.
The Siberian Scavenger Hunt, a photographic scavenger hunt for eagle and river-themed objects in Guttenberg, will keep participants warm and moving, whatever the weather brings. Other activities will be available for children to enjoy.
Binoculars will be available to help participants catch a glimpse of the magnificent Bald Eagles that can often be seen fishing south of Lock and Dam 10. There are spotting scopes along Guttenberg's river walk to view eagles all weekend.
"Eagle Watch and Cabin Fever Day is a great opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy some fascinating entertainment this winter. We have activities for all ages and we invite the community to join us for this free event provided by the Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Guttenberg Motel," said Sadewasser. For more information, contact Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce at 252-2323.
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