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 August 20, 2015

2016 Wildlife/Historical Bus Tour Announced

Apple River, IL) The Eagle Nature Foundation, has just announced that it will once again be sponsoring a four day bus tour to Nebraska on March 14 to 17, 2016. This tour is open to the public, but is limited to the first 30 persons who register. Limiting the number of persons on the bus will allow each person to have two seats and a personal window for viewing.

One highlight of the tour is to see the hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes, which stop in the area for about two to three weeks to fatten up and get some energy before they continue on their migration to Canada. One evening, an hour will be spent on a bridge over the Platte River to watch tens of thousands of these cranes come to their nighttime roosts on the islands in the middle of the river. Examples of other wildlife that may be seen are bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, snow geese, canadian geese, many other waterfowl and prairie dogs.

Some historical sites to be visited include: DeSoto Wildlife Refuge, site of the recovered steamboat Bertrand, which sank on its maiden voyage up the Missouri River in 1865; the winter quarters of the Mormon Trail; Fort Kearny, first fort on the Oregon Trail; Stuhr Pioneer Museum, which has just been remodeled, and its unique pioneer village; Nebraska Prairie Museum, with its World War II German prisoner of war camp; and Hastings Natural History Museum, featuring the world’s largest display of whooping cranes; and the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument which takes a person through the history and development of Nebraska from the Oregon trail to our modern day Interstates.

Historian and naturalist, Terrence Ingram, will be leading the tour as he has for the past 10 years. As the bus travels through the different environments, he explains what the habitats are and what wildlife is being seen and what wildlife should be seen. The price for the tour includes the motels, the entry fees to the sites that are visited, and all but four meals. This is a very delightful and entertaining four day tour to see and learn some history of our nation and some of its natural resources.

To receive a brochure for the tour and/or register for the tour, call 815-594-2306, or check ENF’s website, Before you register for the tour, it is recommended that you call the above number to make sure there is still room available on the bus. First call, first served.

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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