The Eagles Have Landed
Amidst all these turkeys -- a moment for the eagles, please, as they settle in for the winter. What an eagle wants most this time of year, according to naturalists, is undisturbed feeding areas, and ambiance is not a factor. If there's a free lunch, they'll go -- to Illinois or Kansas or anyplace with a refuge or dam, or where salmon spawn or electrical generator turbines chop up fish.
The National Audubon Society says a good turnout of bald eagles -- from a few dozen to thousands a day -- can be spotted well into February (and longer, where noted) at:
Klamath Basin, Northern California and southern Oregon, at Tule Lake, Lower Klamath and Bear Valley national wildlife refuges.
Tuttle Creek Lake Dam, near Manhattan, Kan., at Tuttle Creek State Park, through March.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge, Md., along the Wildlife Loop.
The Quad Cities area of northern Illinois and Iowa, at any of the dams along the Mississippi River, and also further south at Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, Ill.
Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve,near Haines, Alaska, through March. (For true raptor rapture, 3,000 to 5,000 eagles a day sometimes can be spotted during January, when there is a late run of salmon.)
A Fin Romance
A romantic notion for divers this winter: Why not spend a week studying the mating habits of the Polynesian goby in the South Pacific? Not the type to hand prospective partners a line, the fire goby mates for life. And the University of California is sending four research expeditions to Moorea, just off Tahiti, to observe the fish's underwater environment and breeding habits.
Participants must be certified divers. The $1,425 tax-deductible contribution (excluding air fare, which you must arrange yourself) funds the research. Expedition dates are Jan. 12-25; Jan. 26-Feb. 8; Feb. 9-22; and Feb. 23-March 8. For details, contact University Research Expeditions Program, University of California, Berkeley, Calif. 94720, 415-642-6586.
A few years back, a Swiss artist rode the entire length of the Oregon Trail -- 2,000 miles -- on horseback, documenting the trip in epic scroll drawings using watercolors and trail dust. Another bought 12 three-piece suits from the Madison Avenue Brooks Brothers, added his own label and sold them as an edition of 12 to art buyers at $7,500 a crack. Such is the "influence of American culture on the psyche of the Swiss artist," says Margaret Mathews-Berenson, curator of "Between Two Worlds," a show of paintings, prints and drawings on view at Credit Suisse's New York headquarters at 100 Wall St. through December. Mathews-Berenson gives private tours on Wednesdays, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.; call 212-612-8220.
What is the longest completed interstate highway in the United States?
TRIVIA ANSWER: I-80 FROM FORT LEE, N.J., TO SAN FRANCISCO, 2,907 MILESEND NOTES
World Championship Barrel Racing and Derby, Oklahoma City, Dec. 3-8.
ART/LA '90: The Fifth International Contemporary Art Fair, Los Angeles, Dec. 6-10.
Greenberg's Great Train, Dollhouse and Toy Show, Philadelphia Civic Center, Dec. 8-9.
Pipestem Christmas Bird Count, Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem, W.Va., Dec. 15.
217th Anniversary Reenactment of the Boston Tea Party, Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, Dec. 16.
Reenactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware, Washington Crossing Historic Park, Pennsylvania, Dec. 25.
Hatillo Festival of the Masks, Hatillo, Puerto Rico, Dec. 25-28.