Although late February is when the eagles that populate the Riverbend usually begin returning home, this year has been anything but ordinary. The colder that normal temperatures has caused the Mississippi River to stay frozen further south for a longer time, meaning the eagles have to stay where there is opportunity to find food until the ice starts breaking up further to the north.
That means the Riverbend eagle numbers are not falling off significantly yet, according to Alton Regional Convention and Visitor’s Bureau President Brett Stawar.
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He says crowds even came out to the programs last Monday, when there was a sheet of ice on many of the side streets and untreated parking lots.