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Folks flock to watch eagles at Lake Wanahoo

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Surrounded by children and adults alike, Paul Hoppe provided answers to questions and pointed out the main attraction of Saturday’s Wanahoo Eagle Extravaganza – a pair of bald eagles who are nesting at the state recreation area just north of Wahoo.

Hoppe of Colon is a Nebraska master naturalist and helped organized Saturday’s event that allowed people to catch a glimpse of the pair of eagles.

The eagles have been nesting in the area since 2011, Hoppe said, and so far have raised three eaglets – two in 2011 and one in 2012. Experts believe another eaglet is in the nest this year.

Hoppe helped organize the event with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Wahoo Chamber of Commerce so people could see and learn about the bald eagles and other nongame birds in Nebraska. Binoculars and spotting scopes were available for people to observe the pair of bald eagles.

Lake Wanahoo is the newest state recreation area.

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