A mature bald eagle sits in a tree this past January near the riverfront in LeClaire Park in Davenport. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge is encouraging deer hunters to use non-lead ammunition to reduce the risk of poisoning bald eagles. The agency found in a recent study the federally protected birds are dying because they feed off the remains of deer that have been shot with lead slugs and bullets.

In case you haven't noticed, bald eagles are making their annual return to the Quad-Cities. To get you into an eagle-watching mood, check out the galleries of images attached to the side of this article.

Be sure to check out Arconic's eagle cam.  Finally, look for a special section in print editions of the Quad-City Times on Jan. 5 about bald eagle watching in the Quad-Cities. It coincides with Bald Eagle Days in the Quad-Cities (Jan. 5-7).