Saturday, February 24

Eagles Over Harbor

The Bald Eagles return in late fall to Ouachita and nest here over the winter. Join us as we celebrate our bountiful bald eagle population with free barge rides and a free seminar that morning!

Every year Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa, located 12 miles east of Mount Ida, on the shores of Lake Ouachita, hosts a special weekend to highlight the natural beauty of Lake Ouachita and in particular its cherished Bald Eagles.

“Sharing the eagles with our customers, friends and neighbors is our way of giving enjoyment and sharing fellowship with our community”, stated Bill Barnes. “There’s nothing quite as inspiring as seeing the Bald Eagles in the wild, diving for fish or soaring overhead”.

Harbor’s marina will offer free barge tours to view the eagles on the lake starting at 1:00 that afternoon. Participants need to call the marina at 870-867-1212 or 870-867-1211 to make reservations for the barge tour.

Mountain Harbor Resort will offer a free seminar on Saturday, 24 February at the Marina at 10 am featuring Rusty Scarborough,Senior Park Naturalist for Caddo Parish Parks & Recreation’s Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park in Shreveport, Louisiana. Immediately after Rusty's seminar, Cara Curtis, an interpreter with Lake Ouachita State Park, will present a seminar on Bats!

Raised in the mixed pine/hardwood bottomland of rural northwest Louisiana, Rusty started his love of nature early. Then in his late teens, Rusty was introduced to the exciting world of falconry. Now over 25 years later, Rusty has achieved the level of master falconer and is introducing others to the sport. Over the last 20 years Rusty has presented bird of prey and falconry programs throughout Arkansas, Missouri and Louisiana. He has trained and hunted a number of birds including Red-tailed hawks, Harris’s hawks, Kestrels, Red-shouldered hawk, Cooper’s hawk, Ferruginous/Harris’ hybrid and golden eagles. Rusty flies a cast (group of ) including a passage female Harris’s hawk and captive bred Harris’s hawk. Rusty currently serves as Out-of-State Director for the Arkansas Hawking Association.

Rusty has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Conservation with a minor in Microbiology from Louisiana Tech University. After ten years as Education Program Coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Rusty has taken on new challenges back home in Louisiana. Rusty is now the Senior Park Naturalist for Caddo Parish Parks & Recreation’s Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park in Shreveport, Louisiana. In addition to managing the park Rusty continues his close work caring for and training the bird of prey collection at the park which includes eagles, owls, hawks and falcons. Rusty holds certifications with the National Association for Interpretation as Certified Interpretive Guide and Certified Interpretive Trainer.