News Release

Eagle Nature Foundation, Ltd.

300 East Hickory Street, Apple River, IL 61001

Phone: 815-594-2306 Fax: 815-594-2305 Web Site:

e-mail: Tax Exempt No. 36-4015400

For Immediate Release November 22, 2013

Bald Eagle Bus Tour Discounts Announced

Apple River) The Eagle Nature Foundation is proud to once again offer 4-hour bus tours to see wintering bald eagles along the Mississippi River and offers a discount for anyone registering for the tours before Dec. 31. With the bald eagle population wintering along the Mississippi River decreasing, the chances of seeing great numbers of bald eagles during these tours is also decreasing. Terrence Ingram, who leads the tours says, “I hope people who have never seen a bald eagle in the wild will take advantage of these tours while there are still birds to be seen.”

The Midwestern bald eagle population appears to have peaked about the year 2000 and has been on an uneven decline ever since. Last year the bald eagles did not seem to be able to find their favorite food, gizzard shad, along the river, and so moved inland trying to find anything else to eat. Years ago bald eagles would find enough fish, so they could not only survive, but increase their body weight in preparation for migrating and nesting. During the past few winters bald eagles have expended their energy just finding enough food to survive, which could be one of the causes for their poor reproduction the following spring.

Participants on these tours don’t just see bald eagles, but they live with them for four hours; visiting 4 historic wintering areas, feeding and roosting areas, bald eagle nests, and see possibly migrating eagles. Mr. Ingram discusses the birds’ life history and shares his 50 years of research on these birds, as well as pointing out other wild birds and animals along the way.

The three 4-hour tours leave Stoney Creek Inn in Galena at 8:00 am on the mornings of Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22. The cost is $70 for adults and $50 for children under age 17. Anyone who registers before Dec. 31 will receive the group rate of $60 for adults and $40 for children. For an informational brochure, or to make reservations for any of these tours, contact: ENF, 300 East Hickory St. Apple River, IL 61001. Ph 815-594-2306 or their website:

For more information contact: Terrence N. Ingram, Exec. Director, Eagle Nature Foundation, 300 East Hickory St., Apple River, IL 61001 Phone 815-594-2306

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