Des Moines Residents Receive Education on Bald Eagles

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Animal lovers received an up close and personal chance to view the nation's bird.

The Des Moines Parks and Recreation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources brought the wildlife indoors, while guides also helped people look for eagles and their nests outside along the Des Moines River.

Saturday's event was also meant to educate about the environmental hazards eagles are facing.

Experts say about half of the birds they see are ingesting lead.

"We x-ray bald eagles to find out what they are eating because lead is a poison you have to ingest,"  Kay Neumann said.

Bald eagles are protected under the National Emblem Act.