Where can we see bald eagles in Michigan?Are there any eagle viewing spots in Michigan? We have heard rumors of eagles, but we have never seen any. - Debra, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Yes, you can see bald eagles throughout Michigan. In summer, they nest mainly in the Upper Peninsula and northern part of the Lower Peninsula, but they also like the river-mouth lakes and lagoons along Lake Michigan, especially around Muskegon and Holland.
It's easier to find them in winter, when they congregate at open water and below dams. You can see more than 100 bald eagles at the DTE Energy power plant in Monroe, near Detroit, in an area set aside as a wildlife habitat.
The Detroit River U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offers a free annual tour there in late January that is so popular it holds a lottery for spaces. It starts accepting applications in late November.
In winter, eagles migrate south, but only as far as they need to until they find open water. The best time to see them on the move is after the first prolonged cold snap, often in December.
For more, see Where eagles land.