Eagle Day Program Planned At Tuttle Creek Lake


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MANHATTAN, Kan.,— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Lake will host a free Eagle Day program on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will begin at the Manhattan Fire station located at Kimball and Denison avenues.

“This program has been provided free of charge for over 20 years with thanks to our many sponsors,” said Angelia Lentz, Tuttle Creek park ranger. “Together, we truly strive to make this an enjoyable event for all.”

The event will showcase bald eagles, their remarkable recovery and what makes them special to the nation and Tuttle Creek Lake and will include speakers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Milford Nature Center, a presentation featuring live native birds of prey and an eagle watching tour around Tuttle Creek Lake.

Transportation will be provided for the tour. Visitors should dress for the weather as the tour includes short walks across unimproved terrain to reach viewing stations. A limited number of spotting scopes and binoculars will be provided, so visitors are encouraged to bring their own. No registration is required but space is limited to a first come, first served basis.

Bald eagles have made a remarkable comeback from a population low of an estimated 417 nesting pairs in 1967 to over 10,000 pairs today. Tuttle Creek is home to several nests and provides prime habitat for bald eagles and other birds of prey.

“Viewing opportunities at the lake are plentiful,” said Lentz. “Join us for our Eagle Day program to learn more about these beautiful, majestic birds.”

Sponsors of this event include the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Northern Flint Hills Audubon Society, Tuttle Creek Lake Association and the Milford Nature Center.

For more information, contact Tuttle Creek Lake at (785) 539-8511.

The Kansas City District is a team of dedicated professionals with a strong heritage and proven results who, in collaboration with our partners, proudly serve in the Heartland providing leadership, technical excellence, and innovative solutions to the nation’s most complex problems.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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