Eagle Nature Foundation, Ltd.
300 East Hickory Street, Apple River, IL 61001
Phone: 815-594-2306 Fax: 815-594-2305 Web Site: eaglenature.com
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|For Immediate Release||September 18, 2014|
Gov. Nixon Proclaims Oct. 10-12 to be Bald Eagle Days
Apple River, IL) On the 11th of September Missouri Governor Jay Nixon proclaimed Oct 10-12, 2014 to be “Bald Eagle Days” in Missouri and urges all citizens and government agencies to participate in and carry out activities, which will commemorate the importance of the Bald Eagle as the National Symbol of the United States. This proclamation was made to help celebrate the Eagle Nature Foundation bringing International Bald Eagle Days to the Kansas City KCI Expo Center on those days.
The Eagle Nature Foundation sponsored the nation’s first Bald Eagle Days celebration back in 1967 at Cassville, WI. After the celebration was moved to the University of Wisconsin/Platteville in 1970 and researchers from Canada as well as the United States started to come to the meetings, the name was changed to International Bald Eagle Days (IBED), and for many years it was an annual event which was moved to various cities across the continent from Orlando, FL to Tempe, Az to Rochester, NY and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The IBEDs have always served a dual purpose: one, to bring researchers from across the continent together to talk about the bald eagle’s population changes and discuss its current problems and needs; and two, for the general public to attend and learn what is happening to the bald eagle population and how they can help keep our National Symbol flying free. This year is no exception, starting with a 7:00 pm reception and 8:00 pm panel discussion on the “Future of the Missouri River” on Friday evening, Oct. 10.
After the bald eagle paper sessions on Saturday, Oct. 11, which are open to the public, there will be an Award and fund-raising banquet Saturday evening during which George Fenwick, President of the American Bird Conservancy, Plains, VA will present “Conserving Birds in the 21st Century” Then the Bald Eagle Person of the Year and the Bald Eagle Researcher of the Year Awards will be presented. These will be followed by both a silent and noisy auction. There will also be a 50/50 raffle drawing to be conducted at the end of the banquet.
Sunday morning there will be a bus tour to the Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge for which the public is invited to attend as well. The cost for the bus tour and a box lunch is $40 per adult, and $25 for children 17 and under.
Reservations for the banquet which cost $50 per adult and $35 per child, 17 and under, must be made before Oct. 3 by sending a check to: ENF, 300 East Hickory Street, Apple River, IL 61001 or going to ENF’s website, eaglenature.com, to make your reservations using PayPal. Reservations for any other part of the event can be made on the website as well. A sponsored 8-person table at the event will cost $500.
The general public is invited to attend any part of, or all of, this three 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