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ENF Wildlife Historical Bus Tour ENF 2017 Wildlife Historical Bus Tour

  • March 13-16, 2017 (Monday to Thursday)


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To enjoy one of our nation’s greatest natural wonders, the Sandhill Crane migration stopover in central Nebraska. Each spring over 80% of the world’s population of Sandhill Cranes, over 500,000 cranes, converge on this part of our nation, We will also be looking for Whooping Cranes, Bald Eagles, Snow Geese, Prairie Chickens, Prairie Dogs, Burrowing Owls, Peregrine Falcons, and “Sandhill” Turkeys.

To visit and enjoy several historic highlights such as: DeSoto Wildlife Refuge, home of the 1865 Steamboat Bertrand; Nebraska Prairie Museum with its display of one of America’s World War II German Prisoner of War Camps; Stuhr Pioneer Museum, with its Pioneer Village; Fort Kearny State Historical Park, home of the first fort built to protect travelers on the Oregon Trail; the Amana Colonies; and Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History; featuring the world’s largest display of Whooping Cranes; and enjoy a film in their 7-story I-Max Theater. Sandhill Cranes

We will visit several different wildlife areas, such as: Nebraska’s Rainwater Basins; Crane Meadows; Rowe Sanctuary and the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center with its strawbale building and their crane blinds near the Platte River and a prairie dog village.

A trip to Nebraska would not be complete without a stop at the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, an eight-story building right over Interstate 80, which takes you through the history and pioneer development of Nebraska, the Oregon Trail and our present Interstate Highway system.

This will be a very delightful, educational and entertaining four-day tour to learn some history of our nation and to see and enjoy some of our nation’s natural resources. There will be gift shops at most stops.

Tentative Itinerary

Ramada is offering a special rate of $65 per room for anyone registered for this tour, to stay at Ramada the night before we leave and/or the night we get home. The tour bus leaves promptly at 8:00 am on Monday, March 13, 2017. For reservations call: 815-777-2043 or through their website

Stoney Creek Inn offers a discounted $79 per night rate for the same days. For reservations call: 815-777-2223 or through their website

Best Western offers a discounted $89 per night rate for the same days. For reservations call: 815-777-2577 or through their website
Monday, March 13, 2017
8:00 am -- Leave Ramada, Galena, IL
12:00 pm -- Lunch at Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Des Moines, Iowa
3:00 -- DeSoto Wildlife Refuge, home of the 1865 Steamboat, Bertrand
5:00 -- Mormon Trail Winter Quarters -- Paid
7:00 -- New Victorian Inn, York, Nebraska -- Paid
7:30 -- Dinner at The Kitchen, York, Nebraska

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
8:00 am -- Leave New Victorian Inn
9:00 -- Stuhr Pioneer Museum, Grand Island, Nebraska -- Paid
11:00 -- Great Platte River Road Archway Monument -- Paid
12:30 pm -- Lunch Buffet at The Alley Rose -- Paid
1:30 -- Fort Kearny State Historical Park -- Paid
3:30 -- Rowe Sanctuary and Iain Nicolson Audubon Center -- Paid
4:30 -- New Victorian Inn, Kearney, Neb. -- Paid
5:00 -- Dinner at HyVee Market Grill, Kearney, Neb. -- Paid
Great Platte River Road Archway Monument 7:00 -- Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, Hike/Bike Trails -- Paid

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
8:00 am -- Leave New Victorian Inn
9:00 -- Funk Waterfowl Production Area -- Paid
10:00 -- Prairie Dog Federal Waterfowl Production Area -- Paid
11:30 -- Lunch at Country Cookin', Holdrege, Nebraska
12:30 pm -- Nebraska Prairie Museum, Holdrege, Nebraska -- Paid
3:00 -- Hastings Museum, Hastings, Nebraska -- Paid
5:00 -- Look for Prairie Dogs and Burrowing Owls
7:00 -- Dinner at Iron Skillet, York, Nebraska -- Paid
7:30 -- New Victorian Inn, York, Nebraska -- Paid

Thursday, March 16, 2017
8:00 am -- Leave New Victorian Inn
12:00 pm -- Lunch at Machine Shed Restaurant, Des Moines, Iowa
3:00 -- Visit Amana Colonies, Amana, Iowa -- Paid
6:00 -- Return to Ramada, Galena, IL

Your Tour guide -- Terrence N. Ingram

Terrence N. Ingram, Executive Director of the Eagle Nature Foundation, has been conducting tours to see bald eagles and other wildlife for over 50 years. He has organized, directed and taught environmental leadership training camps and workshops for over 30 years, both in Wisconsin and Canada.

He has been a keynote, banquet, and conference speaker for many local and state conventions, speaking on many topics, including beekeeping, bald eagles, birds of prey, bird watching, preservation, prairies and environmental leadership training. He has been a speaker at 40+ Earth Day Celebrations across the Midwest. He has been a federal bird bander for the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service for over 50 years. He has conducted research on the bald eagle for many organizations and businesses, including power companies, barge companies and the U. S. Army.

For over 20 years he has been Editor and Publisher of the Bald Eagle News, Nature News and the monthly Small Beekeeper's Journal. He photographed and produced a set of four filmstrips on the Birds of Prey for Coronet Films. He has photographed and produced the 16 mm film, Eagle Country, and has written the coffee table book, EAGLE.

For his many years of environmental preservation work he received the prestigious, Sol Feinstone Environmental Award from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY and a Honor Roll Award from the National Izaak Walton League. Illinois’ Lt. Governor, Pat Quinn, named him a 2006 Illinois Environmental Hero. In 2015, the University of Wisconsin/Platteville honored him as an Outstanding Alumnus.

Tour Reservation Information

Early bird discount of 10% was in effect until January 1st, 2017. Full payment must be received by Jan 1.

The tour cost is $895.00 per person, or $845.00 per person double occupancy, which includes the cost of the tour bus and the tour guide, three nights in motels, entrance fees to all locations as well as certain meals and group insurance. ENF members receive a discounted rate of $795.00 or $745.00 dbl-occ. This rate is available to anyone who joins ENF at the time they register. - Each person will be responsible for four meals during the four days. Each motel has a free hot breakfast buffet. - There is an extra $30/person fee, if you wish to have an early morning space reserved for you in an Audubon crane blind near the Platte River (recommended by many). - This tour cost does not cover a possible stay at the Ramada, $65 or at the Stoney Creek Inn, $79, before or after the tour, or Best Western, $89, before or after the tour. - A $400 per person deposit may be used to reserve a seat on this tour. If the tour is cancelled by ENF, deposits will be refunded. - The remainder of the tour fee must be paid by Feb. 15, 2017. - The tour bus will leave from and return to Ramada, Galena, IL (815-777-2223). Time for departure will be 8:00 AM sharp on Monday March 13, 2017 and return around 6:00 PM on Thursday March 16. Your vehicle may be left parked in the Ramada parking lot while you are on the tour. - If we get ten or more people registered, ENF will purchase a group insurance policy for every person who registers for this tour, that will take effect the day after we have received their first deposit. If a person is unable to take the tour for health reasons, this policy will refund all of the paid registration fees. If a person decides not to take the tour for any other reason, it will refund only 75% of the paid registration fees. If we get 10 or more persons to go on this tour, ENF will refund none of their fees paid, as the insurance company will be responsible. - After we have received their first deposit, ENF will send each person an insurance certificate for this policy. The policy also provides limited life and medical coverage for each person, along with certain other trip benefits. - We will need a minimum of 14 persons registered for this tour by Feb. 15, 2017

Registration and Payment

Early bird discount of 10% was in effect until January 1st, 2017. Full payment must be received by Jan 1.

If you wish to make payment by check or cash, download the Historic Bus Tour brochure and registration form and send form and payment to:

Send your registration form and payment to:
The Eagle Nature Foundation, Ltd.
300 East Hickory Street
Apple River, IL 61001-9549

If you wish to pay online by credit card, debit card, gift card, you can register for the trip using the PayPal links below. Please select the appropriate button below. You can pay a $400 deposit at this time, and pay the remainder prior to Feb 15, 2017. Or you can pay the full amount at once. Please select the appropriate link below.

Early bird discount of 10% was in effect until January 1st, 2017. Full payment must be received by Jan 1.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Double Occupancy

Single Occupancy

ENF Discount Rate

How to use: When you select an item and "Add To Cart", a PayPal window will open up with the content of your cart. You can select multiple items and add to your cart and pay all at once. You will be able to adjust the quantity on the PayPal cart page. If you are a group of 4 or 10 or more, please add that to your cart for the proper discount and specify the number of people in the group.

Additionally, you will also need to
let us know the names of all individuals in your group, and if there are any special or specific needs. This information will also help us set up the insurance policies.

Note: If you are paying online the days before a bus tour, please call us at 815-594-2306 so we can confirm your reservation.


This tour is sponsored by the Eagle Nature Foundation, (ENF). ENF is an international, tax-exempt, non profit 501(c)3 organization, which develops and implements habitat preservation strategies for endangered species, conducts a wide variety of nature education and awareness programs, engages in and supports bald eagle research, conducts fund-raising drives to preserve endangered species' habitats, and provides funds for monitoring efforts.

In addition to helping to save habitat, ENF is developing a nationwide program of publicity about the bald eagle and other endangered species to make the American public aware of the plight of our national symbol and the need to preserve the wilderness it requires to survive.

Throughout the year a variety of ENF publications and news releases present information about the bald eagle and other wildlife issues and problems, as well as events sponsored by the organization.

Membership is open to the public.