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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 May 11, 2016

2016 Big Bird Day Results Released

Apple River, IL) Terrence N. Ingram completed his Big Bird Day with disappointing results, as he only saw 54 different bird species from dawn to dusk on May 7th. Some common species such as catbird, killdeer, hairy woodpeckers, bluebirds, flycatchers, as well as field and vesper sparrows were not seen. Some of these species had been present a week or two earlier, before some of the nearby fields were sprayed before the crops were planted.

Last spring Mr. Ingram saw 64 different bird species in his one day bird count. He uses these Big Bird Days as a fund raiser for the Eagle Nature Foundation. Many people pledge a certain amount of money for each species he can see on this particular day. Some people pledge the money before the event and other people send in a donation when they know how many species he has seen. At the present time he has raised over $500 for ENF for this year’s Big Bird Day.

ENF is open to anyone who would like to support Mr. Ingram’s efforts to document the many bird species seen on Apple Creek Property and help keep the birds alive by creating the vital habitat they need in the prairie, woods and Arboretum. Donations of any amount are welcome.

Unique sightings this year included 3 different bald eagles migrating north at different times during the day, which were so very high in the sky they were only specks until a person saw them through a pair of binoculars. Other birds seen for the first time this year included ruby-throated hummingbirds, indigo buntings, rufous-sided towhees and warbling vireos.

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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