The majority of Sandy Island Eagle Sanctuary was donated by Missouri photographer Frank Oberle and his wife Judy in 1992 as a safe habitat for bald eagles. This natural area is only miles from St. Louis, making it an accessible and reliable place to observe these majestic birds in their winter habitat.
Why You Should Visit
Sandy Island provides critical habitat for wintering bald eagles that visit this region of the Mississippi River. The Mary Chambers Wiese platform located adjacent to the preserve, provides close-range viewing (complete with mounted scope) of the eagles and other birds. Please note: The preserve is closed to the public during the months of November through March to prevent disturbances when the eagles are roosting.
What TNC Has Done
The Mary Wiese Observation Platform is located on Corps of Engineers property at the south end of Lock and Dam #25.