The season for bald eagle watching in Iowa and Illinois takes flight this month.

The Illinois Office of Tourism says some 3,000 bald eagles migrate to Illinois rivers each winter. The same is true for Iowa. That makes our area one of the best places in the country to see America's national bird.

The office is working with the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau to showcase the birds through Facebook Live. A live streaming this Friday (Jan. 18) will let online viewers see bald eagles as they nest, fly and hunt.

One of the best places to watch eagles is at Lock and Dam 14 near LeClaire. It may be THE place to see eagles catch and eat fish. Some days you'll find a half dozen photographers bundled up next to their tripods taking amazing close up shots of the birds.

For an even closer look, check in with eagle cams at Arconic and the Decorah, Iowa eagle cam.