Kaw Lake Ultimate Eagle Watch events set for Saturday, Jan. 21

Mike Erwin |
Osage County is a natural habitat for the object creatures of Kaw Lake’s Ultimate Eagle Watch, an annual event that is to be held Saturday, Jan. 21.

Jack Buzbee/J-C correspondent

Kaw Lake Association’s Ultimate Eagle Watch, as well as the Eagle Watch by Horseback. will be Jan. 21.

Indoor programs will be at the Kaw City Community Center, Kaw Nation Learning Center and Kaw City School. Several new programs are planned and there will be updated versions of programs that have been popular in the past.

“We’re excited to bring two new programs from the Grey Snow Eagle House in Perkins,” said Courtney Allen, assistant executive director for the Kaw Lake Association.

This will be the sixth year for the Eagle Watch by Horseback, which starts and ends at the Sarge Creek campground, just east of Kaw City, and follows the Five Fingers Equestrian Trail. Rick Boyd is the event’s organizer.

Riders must provide their own horses. They can either ride in for the day or camp. Camping will be $10 a night Friday and/or Saturday and campers should be prepared for electric-only at the sites.

Riders head out at 11 a.m. and return in the afternoon. The ride is by donation. Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Family members who don’t want to ride can take advantage of the programs in Kaw City.

More information about the Eagle Watch by Horseback can be obtained by contacting Boyd at 580-716-7425.

The Ultimate Eagle Watch is presented by the Kaw Lake Association.

“There also will be live eagles, falcons, hawks and others — so we guarantee you will see a live eagle,” Allen added.

More information about the Eagle Watch by Horseback is available by calling 877-671-6985 or 580-762-9494.

The Kaw City Community Center opens at 7 a.m. and various “Eagle Watch” programs are slated throughout the morning. Refreshments will be available.

Bus tours to the eagle-viewing sites start at 7:30 a.m. and continue until about 1 p.m.

The Eagle Watch by Horseback runs from 10.30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Guides will be Rick Boyd and Lori Young. Everyone is required to provide their own horse. (Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.) The tour will be cancelled if there is snow or ice.