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Seeing Nature Up Close in Siouxland, Lee Simmons Conservation Park, Ashland, NE

5 Nov

A Bald eagle calls out at the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari Park Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 near Ashland, NE. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

On an outing in Siouxland I visited the Lee G. Simmons Conservation and Wildlife Safari Park near Ashland, NE. It’s a drive through park where one can get up close and personal to some animals. There are areas one can park and step outside the vehicle which makes it a little easier taking photos that trying to do the same in the car.

A bald eagle calls out to others at the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari Park Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 near Ashland, NE. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A bald eagle responds to another one calling out at the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari Park Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 near Ashland, NE. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The bald eagle enclosure keeps the birds in, but a fenced gate/doorway allows visitors inside the enclosure where one is within a football field 30-yard line distance from these incredible birds. I have seen them in the wild flying about and fishing and able to get close enough to photograph them clearly. And heard them call while flying, but I had never seen them calling up close and personal.

There seems to be varying ages of eagles at the safari park. Most times these birds have been found injured and rehabilitation was not able to restore them to the wild to continue their life. One bird in particular seemed much older, with a feather growing out of its beak or some point around it. Making me remember aged aunts and grandmothers who also occasionally sported whiskers as they got older.

A bald eagle returns a call at the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari Park Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 near Ashland, NE. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

When I think about it, I become a little sad knowing these birds once flew hundreds of miles soaring above the earth and making their way in the world until some unfortunate accident that now requires them to live in captivity. Maybe remembering their days of youth and freedom and watching the world pass below from their perch on high.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A bald eagle sits shielded on a branch as it watches others call out at the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari Park Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 near Ashland, NE. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A bald eagle sits shielded on a branch as it watches others call out at the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari Park Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 near Ashland, NE. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
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