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 Dec. 6, 2013

Ingram Nominated for an “Eagle Rare Life” Award

Terrence N. Ingram has been nominated to receive an “Eagle Rare Life” Award. The winner of this award will have $40,000 donated to his or her charity, which if he wins would be donated to the Eagle Nature Foundation.

Part of the decision will be made based on the number of votes his story will receive from the public before Jan. 8, 2014. His story and location to vote is found below. The story is the same one that can be found at the web location. After looking at the story at the web location below, there will be a place to vote for him at the end of the story. Members of the public may vote only once per story, per 24 hours. Online ballot stuffing is not permitted.

There have been about 120 other stories submitted. The top 20 stories of these will be judged by the Sponsor, who will determine which will be displayed on the Eagle Rare “Lead a Rare Life”.

Location to vote:

His Story

Terrence Ingram started studying bald eagles in 1962, while teaching physics and math at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. In 1964, he received a research grant from the Southwestern Wisconsin Audubon Club to cover his expenses, while he donated his time to this research. When he received his notice during the Vietnam War from his draft board, he asked them if his service could be delayed for six months so he could complete his research. His draft board responded that there were many men dying for freedom, so at least one should be allowed to try to save the symbol of that freedom. He never heard from them again. He is the only person in the nation to be deferred from military service to save the bald eagle.

Since then he has devoted his life to trying to save the bald eagle by: conducting many research projects for the US Army, power companies, state DNRs and conservation organizations; saving vital bald eagle habitat through purchase or in court, trying to stop actions by government agencies that would destroy such habitat; and trying to develop an awareness on the part of the public about the plight and importance of the bald eagle.

His research on wintering eagles has located over 50 wintering bald eagle roosts throughout the Midwest. His efforts to save vital, endangered bald eagle habitat has resulted in saving eagle roosts at Eagle Valley Nature Preserve, Ferry Bluff Eagle Sanctuary, Oak Valley Eagle Preserve, Clarksville Island, Rice Lake Conservation Area, Savanna Army Depot, and Pere Marquette State Park.

To develop public awareness he wrote the coffee-table book, EAGLE, and is editor of the quarterly, Bald Eagle News. Since 1965 he has led annual bald eagle bus tours. In 2014 he has three bus tours scheduled for January and February. At one time he developed and was in charge of the nation’s second largest captive bald eagle breeding facility with 23 live injured bald eagles, which were on loan from the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

He originated Bald Eagle Days events in the Nation with the first one in Cassville, WI in 1967. Starting in 1970 he made it into an annual event and moved it from city to city when the event changed to International Bald Eagle Days. These events have been held in: Madison, WI; Platteville, WI; Chicago, IL; St. Louis, MO; Minneapolis, MN; Davenport, IA; Rochester, NY; Winnipeg, MB; Orlando, FL; Scottsdale, AZ; Dubuque, IA; Chattanooga, TN; and Rochester, MN. He has authored the Proceedings of seven of these IBEDs. He is planning another IBED in Kansas City, MO for 2014. These events have been emulated across the nation as other organizations and communities saw how popular the initial event was. Now each year there are over 50 such events conducted across the nation.

He started the Southwestern Wisconsin Audubon Club in 1961. He became President and Executive Director when it was incorporated as Eagle Valley Environmentalists in 1972, a position he has held through its name changes to The Eagle Foundation and the present Eagle Nature Foundation.

During these 50 years in order to devote so much time, effort and money to the bald eagle he has operated several businesses at the same time; Ingram Insurance Services, Eagleland Wildlife Consultants, Apple Creek Apiaries, Apple Creek Farm Supply, Eagleland Wildlife Photography, and publishes the monthly Small Beekeeper’s Journal.

He is a DVT, stroke, ` and cancer survivor, an “eagle rare life” indeed.

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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