Lake Guntersville State Park offers Eagle Awareness weekends annually in January and February. The program features live birding shows and demonstrations, guided field trips for viewing eagles in their natural habitat, interactive programs provided by notable speakers from across the country, and family fun activities and crafts for all ages. Lodging packages are available.
The Eagle Awareness Weekends at Lake Guntersville State Park began in 1985 to coincide with a bald eagle restoration program in Alabama. A loss of habitat, pesticide use and poaching had pushed eagle populations to the brink of extinction nationwide. The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries' Nongame Wildlife Program initiated a restoration project across the state of Alabama in 1984, and between the years 1985 and 1991, 91 bald eagles were released throughout Alabama. Researchers now estimate there are more than 77 bald eagle nests confirmed in Alabama, with about 18 of those in Guntersville and surrounding area.