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Eagle Nature Foundation, Ltd.

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For Immediate Release October 16, 2014

ENF Announces Award Winners

Apple River, IL) Dr. William Bowerman was named the Bald Eagle Person of the Year during the Award Ceremony part of the Eagle Nature Foundation's International Bald Eagle Days Banquet in Kansas City, Oct. 11, 2014. Dr. Bowerman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. He began studying bald eagles in 1984 in Michigan. He was a member of the Northern States Bald Eagle Recovery Team. He is trained in both wildlife ecology and environmental toxicology and has worked on projects on 4 of the 8 sea eagle species in the world.

Dr. Bowerman joins an elite group of 19 persons who over the years have been named Bald Eagle Person of the Year. The first person to be so named was the late Elton Fawks, from Moline, IL who received this award during ENF's 1970 Bald Eagle Days. Mr. Fawks had been called the Paul Revere of the Bald Eagle for sounding the alarm for the bald eagle's decline in the 1960's. Past recipients of this ENF Award have come from Alaska to Manitoba to New York to Florida to Arizona.

During the same Award Ceremony, Dr. Latice Fuentes, was named ENF's Bald Eagle Researcher of the Year for 2014. Dr. Fuentes is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Maryland. She earned her doctorate in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Clemson University, SC in 2013. Her research interests include raptor ecology and conservation, environmental monitoring, and wildlife toxicology. She is passionate about enhancing communication between scientists, the public, and policy makers through community outreach and collaboration.

ENF's International Bald Eagle Days kicked off on Friday evening with a panel of different agencies and organizations discussing the "Future of the Missouri River". This was such a hot topic that many of the local, state and national politicians in the area would not participate in this discussion.

The Saturday's program was filled with presentations on the bald eagle by persons who had spent years studying bald eagle reproduction in Michigan and Minnesota and South Carolina or fought against the wrongful sitings of wind farms and the destruction of bald eagle habitat by federal agencies.

A bus tour of the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge completed the 3 day event.

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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