Published 12:00 am Monday, January 11, 2016

Enid Lake Volunteers look for eagles during the annual Mid Winter Bald Eagle Survey at Enid Lake on Tuesday. Photo submitted

Enid Lake plans habitat and clean up days

By Enid Lake Park Rangers
Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey
The annual Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey was held at Enid Lake Tuesday, January 5.
Rangers and volunteers spent the morning looking for eagles in designated areas around the lake.  A total of 21 eagles were sighted by park rangers and volunteers during the morning event.
Viewing eagles can be fun and enjoyable, but observers must remember not to disturb the eagles. To minimize the effect of human disturbance on wintering eagles, the following guidelines should be helpful.  
Observe eagles only from vehicles or designated observation points.  This minimizes disturbance and maximizes viewing opportunities.  Automobile traffic is one of the least disturbing human activities, but boats can disrupt eagle activity patterns.
All one needs to view eagles is a good pair of binoculars. This allows them to view the eagles without disturbing them. The Corps of Engineers at Enid, Sardis, Arkabutla, and Grenada Lakes offer great opportunities to sight eagles.
Eagles migrate to these areas because there is an abundance of food, and habitat for nesting areas.
Popular areas to view eagles at Enid Lake include: Wallace Creek, Persimmon Hill, North Abutment, and off the Yocona River Bridge on Mississippi Highway 51.
Be sure to pull off the roadways completely when viewing eagles. Never stop in highways or on bridges. For more information on eagle viewing please contact a Corps of Engineers Office near you.
Habitat Day, Saturday February 6
Enid Lake’s Annual Habitat Day is scheduled for Saturday, February 6 with activities beginning at 7 a.m. at the Enid Lake Field Office. This year Habitat Day Volunteers will be working at Robinson Crossing, and Wallace, Hubbard, and Bean Creeks.
Work will include dragging cedar trees with ATV’s, tying and anchoring cedar trees with concrete weights and ties, and driving wooden stakes with post drivers. Volunteers are asked to bring their ATV’s to assist in placing cedar trees in the proper locations.
Enid Lake Staff would like to remind all volunteers who will be bringing ATV’s/UTV’s there is a “Helmet Policy” that requires all riders to wear a DOT approved helmet. If you don’t have an ATV and still would like to participate don’t worry. There will be plenty to do including hooking and unhooking trees to and from ATV’s, tying and anchoring shelters, and constructing wooden stake beds.
After a morning of constructing fish shelters, volunteers will return to Enid Lake’s maintenance shop for lunch and a drawing for door prizes.
Habitat Day Organizational Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in participating in this event or anyone who would like to find out more information on this event is welcome.
“Clean Up Day”
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Enid Lake and the Volunteers for Waste Management have set the Annual Clean Up Day Event for February 27. The event will begin at 7 a.m.
Enid Lake Personnel would like to invite all visitors who frequent Enid Lake to these two events. With this in mind, we must also remember that the public lands surrounding Enid Lake are for everyone’s enjoyment and it is the responsibility of each user to preserve, protect and enhance our natural resources.
For more information on Enid Lake’s Special Events, contact the Enid Lake Field Office at 662-563-4571 or visit the following website at

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