Eagles over Monroe will celebrate Indiana’s relationship with our
national bird through educational programs and birdwatching
opportunities at Fairfax State Recreation Area, Jan. 26-28.
Monroe Lake is hosting the event in conjunction with the Fourwinds
Lakeside Inn and Visit Bloomington. Advance registration, full program
details, and lodging and dining information are available at
While eagles are the event headliners, programs will explore the lives
of other bird species, too.
Eagles over Monroe kicks off the evening of Friday, Jan. 26 with
presentations about saw whet owl research and the biodiversity of Monroe
Saturday, Jan. 27, offers opportunities to learn about the eagle
restoration program, how to bird by impression, the evolution of
dinosaurs into birds, and the whooping crane recovery story.
During lunch, participants can see live raptors from the Dwight
Chamberlain Raptor Center and make avian-themed crafts. A formal
presentation later in the day will feature live raptors from the Indiana
A self-guided driving tour around the lake on Saturday afternoon offers
attendees a chance to see eagles and other birds in the wild. Stops will
be manned by local birders and their spotting scopes.
James Kawlewski, outreach program assistant for the International Crane
Foundation, will present Saturday evening’s keynote address, “Raptors
and Cranes, An Interconnected Wonder.”
Saturday evening concludes with avian-themed bingo. The event wraps up
on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 27 with photography and birding hikes.
Advance registration is $15 for adults (ages 16 and older) and $10 for
kids (ages 6 to 15) and includes all of the scheduled event programs and
Walk-up registration will also be available at the Fourwinds Lakeside
Inn from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
Saturday, Jan. 27. Walk-up costs are $20 for adults and $15 for kids.
The Fourwinds Lakeside Inn is offering a special rate of $79 per night
for a lakeside room to event attendees. Dining specials will also be
available throughout the weekend.
Fairfax State Recreation Area (stateparks.IN.gov/2954.htm
is located at 9301 S. Fairfax Road, Bloomington.