CLINTON — The 22nd annual Bald Eagle Watch is Saturday at Clinton Community College in Clinton and Lock and Dam 13 in Fulton, Ill.

The eagle watch is presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Clinton Community College and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Thomson, Ill.

The free program is dedicated to the understanding, appreciation and protection of the United States’ national symbol. Naturalists and volunteers will be on hand to share their enthusiasm and knowledge of eagles and other birds of prey.

Educational exhibits will be on display from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Clinton Community College, 1000 Lincoln Blvd. in Clinton.

Booths will feature information from local conservation groups as well as paintings and photographs from area artists. Attendees can enjoy refreshments and sign up for door prizes while children can participate in fun and educational activities in the activity room.

Visitors can view informational videos and take part in discussions about wildlife throughout the day at CCC.

At 9:30 a.m., Thomson Park Ranger Jim Kelly will present a video, “On the Wings of the Wind.” At 10 a.m., Chuck Jacobsen with the Clinton County Conservation Board will discuss reptiles and amphibians.

Rockford (Ill.) Park District Naturalist Paul Woodin will host a discussion on birds of prey at 11 a.m. followed by Fish and Wildlife Refuge Ranger Pam Steinhaus presenting a video titled “Refuge for Us All.”

The program will be concluded by a presentation on the call of the wild by representatives of Hoo Haven, a wildlife rehabilitation and education center in Durand, Ill.

Visitors at Lock and Dam 13, located five miles north of Fulton off Illinois 84, will be able to view eagles in their natural environment from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Each year, hundreds of American Bald Eagles visit the area because dams along the Mississippi River create open water in the usually icy river, allowing eagles to feed on fish.

Steinhaus, refuge ranger with the Fish and Wildlife Service, said the recent warmer weather may affect the numbers of eagles in the area because the river is not frozen. Steinhaus said eagles should still be plentiful for viewing.

Volunteers will have spotting scopes available to aid in viewing the eagles and can help answer any questions guests may have. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, spotting scopes or cameras and to wear warm clothing to the viewing sites. Visitors are asked to keep their distance while viewing because when eagles become scared to the point of flying off, they burn up badly needed energy and may become too weak to search for food.

Due to limited parking and additional security on the day of the event, participants are encouraged to take advantage of the free courtesy bus service, sponsored by local businesses and provided by the Municipal Transportation Administration of the city of Clinton.

The bus will travel between the viewing site at Lock and Dam 13 and Clinton Community College, departing and arriving every half hour beginning at 9 a.m. A bus schedule is available at the college.