UPDATE: This event has been canceled for Saturday (January 23) due to the storm system headed our way. HottyToddy.com will keep our readers posted when information is released about a substitute date for the Bald Eagle Survey.
As you may or may not know, HottyToddy.com is not only supportive of Oxford’s community and its diverse human population (not to mention our approximately 25,000 university students); we’re all about the critters and wildlife in our sprawling community as well.
With that in mind, it goes without saying, we absolutely love bringing attention to the ‘”eagle” events that are held each year at Sardis Lake.
This Saturday (January 23), the annual Sardis Lake Bald Eagle Survey will take place yet again with its starting point planned for the Sardis Lake Field Office at 8 a.m.
During the survey, park rangers and volunteers take a close look at areas around the lake to acquire population counts for Bald Eagles in our area. A total of eight eagles were spotted during last year’s event and the hopes of all concerned are; that number has multiplied exponentially.
Among the host volunteers at the event, HottyToddy.com’s resourceful photo contributor, TJ Ray, is usually present with camera in hand. And, as per usual, he supplied HottyToddy.com the amazing shots below of what he witnessed firsthand during last year’s survey:
Volunteers are asked to report to the Sardis Lake Field Office at 8 a.m. for a quick orientation followed by a two-hour survey period.
This year, survey areas include Hays Crossing, Pat’s Bluff and the Lower Lake Recreation Areas. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and bring binoculars for accurate identification of our majestic national symbol.
Sardis Lake is part of the Mississippi River and Tributaries System (MR&T) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District. The primary mission of the Mississippi lakes is to provide flood risk reduction. With approximately 1.3 million visitors each year, Sardis Lake also contributes approximately $26 million into the local economy.
For more information, visit the Corp website at www.mvk.usace.army.mil or contact the Sardis Lake Field Office by phone at 662-563-4531. Folks interested in participating in the survey may also contact Shirley J. Smith at 601-631-5223.
Jeff McVay is a staff writer and graphic designer for Hottytoddy.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.