Eagle Day returns to Sand Lake Wildlife Refuge this weekend

April 24, 2024

SAND LAKE REFUGE, S.D.–Sand Lake Wildlife Refuge in northeast South Dakota will celebrate the return of Eagle Day this Sunday when the public is invited to get a front-row seat to the spring migration in northeastern South Dakota.

Eagle Day has been a staple at Sand Lake since the 1990s. The event features a live release of rehabilitated birds, including eagles and other raptors, that were sick or injured through the winter. Educational opportunities, such as tours and presentations, will be available to teach attendees about the thousands of birds that migrate through the refuge each spring.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and weather events, Eagle Day has been canceled for the last few years. For the first time since 2019, the event will return on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

The public will be able to take guided bus tours of the refuge and view the live raptor release.