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Eagle County’s eagles celebrated in Edwards

Special to the DailyYou can add a pin to a map at the Bookworm of Edwards of wherever you saw an eagle in Eagle County, Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado ” The Bookworm of Edwards’ weekly story time is going to the birds ” birds of prey that is.

In a celebration of our county’s namesake, The Bookworm will team up with the Gore Range Natural Science School for an informational bald eagle event for the whole family Saturday at 4 p.m.

Bookworm co-owner Nicole Magistro said she got the idea after spotting bald eagles on a daily basis while driving from Eagle to Edwards. She said she has since kept a journal of her bald eagle sightings and tried to snap a few pictures as well.

When talking with customers, Magistro said other citizens were also seeing the once endangered birds with increasing frequency.

The Bookworm invites patrons to share their bald eagle sightings by adding a pin to the store’s county wide map wherever they saw an eagle, thus informing fellow Eagle County residents of where the best bald eagle watching is countywide.

“It seems like just about every day I was seeing these bald eagles along the river in Eagle, Wolcott and Edwards,” Magistro said. “It’s exciting to see them and see more and more of them, and when I got to talking with people in the store they were saying the same things.

“It just made sense to put together an informational event for families and kids especially so they could learn about bald eagles since we live in Eagle County,” Magistro continued. “The Gore Range Natural Science School was more than generous with their time and we think it will be great for families to appreciate the eagles and what the species has endured.”

Ann Stevenson, community programs director for the Gore Range Natural Science School, said that bald eagles were removed from the federal endangered species list in 2007 and that there are more than 50 breeding pairs in Colorado. That figure, however, may be slightly dated, she said.

“Bald eagles are on the comeback,” Stevenson said. “That’s exciting to see because eagles are amazing to watch, but it also shows that we learned what we were doing that was impacting and changed it.”

Stevenson said the story time will focus on Richard Lee Vaughan and Lee Christiansen’s “Eagle Boy: A Pacific Northwest Native Tale” that tells how the bald eagles help a young boy survive, learn and grow.

“We really want kids to focus on what’s special about eagles and how adaptive of a species they are,” Stevenson said. “We’ll also talk about taking care and learning from nature, and how the bald eagle has a history of being endangered but were just recently de-listed.”

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