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 1, 2017

ENF Sponsoring a Fall Big Bird Day

Apple River) On Sept. 2, the Eagle Nature Foundation, ENF, will be sponsoring a Fall Big Bird Day at Apple Creek, 8384 North Broadway, Apple River, IL. On that day Master Birder, Terrence Ingram, will be documenting as many bird species as possible, that are living on, or in some way using, or flying over Apple Creek. This annual event was originally started to try to document the loss of birds due to agricultural spraying in the area. One year in late July these sprays killed all of the birds in the area, and not one single bird was seen in the area for two weeks.

To help the Eagle Nature Foundation in their efforts to preserve the bald eagle, Mr. Ingram is using this event as a way to raise money for the Foundation. He is asking people to pledge dollars for every bird species that he sees on that day, or to just send in a donation. Last year he saw only 39 species, and raised almost $300 for the Foundation.

Weather permitting, at some time during the day, he will be walking through Apple Creek Prairie and Apple Creek Woods to see what birds he will be able to find in those habitats. But much of the time he will just be sitting on the deck of his house, or walking through the 120 species of trees and shrubs in Apple Creek Arboretum, to discover what birds he can see and hear nearby.

If any person would like to learn how to identify birds, or to just join him for part of the day, you are welcome. If you are interested in spending some time with him, please make reservations in advance, so that he will not be out on a walk, when you would arrive. He will try to schedule his walks, so people can join him, if he knows when they are coming.

Please call 815-594-2306, to let him know when you would be joining him.

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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