Guntersville, Ala (WAAY)-Learning more about American Bald Eagles is the goal of a program in Marshall county.

Officials at Lake Guntersville State Park have begun a campaign they call Eagle Awareness. For the next seven weekends park officials will be taking out groups of tourists hoping to see bald eagles in the wild.

Friday morning park naturalist Patti Donnellan was preparing for the weekend. "These weekends give a great opportunity for folks to come see a Bald Eagle up close. Some weekends you might see any. But it's a great chance to see our national symbol and its a beautiful bird" Donnellan said.

From 1985 until 1991, 91 Bald Eagles were released in Alabama. At last count, 200 Eagles were living in this state. We didn't get to see any Eagles Friday, but our camera spotted several other large birds of prey.

Officials tell us this program helps to educate as well as promote tourism. "Its one of those great wildelife success stories. You hear all these things about global warming we're going to lose our polar bears and eagles.  But we did something right here. This is our national symbol and we brought it back from the brink of extension and its no longer endangered".

In 2007 the large birds were taken off the endangered list. The program runs from now until February 17th.




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