Eagles are returning to their winter homes in southwest Illinois and the region is ready to welcome visitors from around the Midwest to southwest Illinois for the winter travel season. Our area is more commonly known for summer and fall travel, however the winter months between late December and early March have become just as popular with visitors eager to catch a glimpse of the American bald eagle and other birds that call the Mississippi River home for winter.
The Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau has several options for visitors to enjoy the American bald eagle. Every Saturday in January visitors can hop on a shuttle tour in Alton or Grafton. In Alton, the popular 45-minute guided eagle tours will showcase the best places to see wintering eagles. Tickets are $10 per person. The remaining tours are scheduled for Jan. 22 and 29 and will begin and end at the Alton Visitor Center, 200 Piasa St., Alton. Tours are available at 10 a.m. and noon.