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Bald Eagle Days brings thousands to Keokuk

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) - Many people aren't loving this cold weather this week, but it means big bucks for Keokuk this weekend because all of the bald eagles that come out.

Its annual Bald Eagles Days brought thousands of people to the city.

Keokuk's riverfront was filled with people trying to catch a glimpse of a bald eagle.

"We got some cool pictures and we had some family come into town so we brought them to come see it," Rachel Shaffer said.

Keokuk tourism officials say the city's landscape draws in  many of the majestic birds during the cold winter months. 

"They're an amazing bird to watch," Curt Brandenberger of the Keokuk Area Convention and Tourism Bureau said. "We've got a great picture window sort of speak for the eagles to be watched."

The bald eagle not only leaves people in awe, but it brings in big bucks to the city of Keokuk.

"We figure about a half a million dollars worth of economic impact on the city," Brandenberger said.

Not only are tourists drawn in by eagle watching, but by all the events going on inside the mall from nature exhibits to Native American shows.

Brandenberger says the arrival of the eagles is good timing for the city. 

"That's a good thing for this time of year," Brandenberger said. "January again is a slower time tourism-wise and so it's good for the city."

"I think it's really neat to see them where they're in their natural habitat," Shaffer said. "You know they're not around here all the time so it's really neat to see something new and different."


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