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 November 14, 2017

ENF Sponsoring 2018 Nebraska Bus Tour

Apple River) Once again the Eagle Nature Foundation will be sponsoring a 4-day Bus Tour to Nebraska to see sandhill cranes and visit historic sites. The tour is scheduled for March 12 to 15. On March 12 the bus will leave promptly at 8:00 am from the parking lot of Ramada on Hwy. 20 west of Galena. The four days will be packed with visiting different sites as well as seeing the natural world between stops. If you wish to participate in this tour, your seat must be reserved by Feb. 1, along with your $400 down payment per person.

Sandhill cranes by the tens of thousands stop over in central Nebraska during their northward migration. Some estimates in the past have been of over a half million birds stopping in the area to feed and fatten up before they continue their northward flight. One evening during this tour will be spent standing on a bridge and watching thousands and thousands of these cranes come into their nighttime roosts on the islands in the Platte River.

The tours will be led by Naturalist and Historian, Terrence Ingram, who has been leading Bus Tours for over 50 years. During this tour he will be discussing the ecology and history of the areas through which the bus is passing. During past tours we have seen as many as 150 Red-tailed Hawks and 10 or more bald eagles and several bald eagle nests. We also stop at several Prairie Dog villages.

During some of the past tours we have seen thousands and thousands of snow geese, which were migrating through the area at the same time. There were so many birds they made a whole lake they were swimming in look white, or their whole flock stretched across the sky from horizon to horizon, which could be seen from 3 miles away.

Historic sites that are visited during the tour include; 1865 Steamboat Bertrand, the Mormon Trail Winter Head Quarters, Stuhr Museum with its Pioneer Village, Nebraska’s World War II Prisoner of War Camp, Fort Kearney, the first fort on the Oregon Trail, Hastings Museum with its 7-story I-Max theater and the world’s largest display of Whooping Cranes.

The cost for this 4-day tour is $895 per person/$845 per person dbl-occ. Four or more will receive the discounted rate of $795 or $745 dbl-occ. For a brochure, call 815-594-2306.

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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