Eagle Fest Set for January 18 in Emory

The 25th Annual Rains County Eagle Fest takes place January 18 on the Rains County Fairgrounds in Emory, Texas, the official "Eagle Capital of Texas."

Lake Fork, Lake Tawakoni and the surrounding areas are nesting and feeding grounds for bald eagles and more than 260 other varieties and species of wild birds.

The festival includes guided eagle viewing, bus and barge tours, educational presentations, live bird shows, nature exhibits, food, arts, vendors, and crafts.

Some of the presentations and activities include: Last Chance Forever, showing birds in action; Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, with live birds and exhibits; Mitotilztli Yaoyollohtli Aztec Dance Company, who perform ceremonial dances with authentic and stunning regalia; and Wildlife on the Move, animal presenters dedicated to helping people of all ages become more knowledgeable about their natural world.

Bus and barge tours take guests around the lakes to see the eagles in their natural habitat. Bus tours are $10, barge tours $35. Seats are limited. For the barge tours, organizers recommend dressing in layers as the wind and frosty temperatures this time of year mixed with air coming off the water can make it extremely cold. Wear hats, scarves, gloves, and heavy coats to keep warm. Blankets are also allowed.

The barge tours are not recommended for children under the age of 11. No food or drinks are allowed. Professional cameras and video cameras are welcomed but with limited space keep equipment to a minimum.

For more information and to buy tickets go to www.emorytx.com/eagle-fest.

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