The new Rotary Pavilion in Nipper Park will be an optimal place to view eagles and their nests during the first Eagle Day in Hannibal Saturday.

The event will be noon to 4 p.m. at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center and the Rotary Pavilion, sponsored by the Mississippi Hills Master Naturalists and Hannibal Parks & Recreation.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, December through February marks the peak of bald eagle viewing in Missouri. There are about 500 active nests in Missouri and several along the Mississippi River in Hannibal.

There will be spotting scopes at the Rotary Pavilion for the public to be able to see the eagles and nests more clearly.

Activities at the armory will include eagle/nature related crafts and games for children.  Master Naturalists will provide educational information for all visitors on how eagles became endangered and their recovery.