Illinois has a growing eagle population, with at least 3,100 bald eagles who winter here each year in at least 27 Illinois counties.
Citizens can take advantage of the small window of opportunity provided during the winter months in which the largest population of wintering bald eagles in the continental United States comes home to roost in Illinois.
Any of the more than two million wildlife watchers from Illinois and beyond are thrilled to see these magnificent birds in their natural environment. The spectacular displays put on by Illinois' wintering bald eagles provide millions of dollars of revenue to Illinois communities.
Did you know that the fourth Saturday in January each year is Illinois Eagle Day? Eagle Day celebrates the American Bald Eagle, the official national emblem of the United States and the living symbol of our nation's freedom, spirit and strength.
Please browse this site for more information about eagles in Illinois.