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State / Province Illinois
Name of Event: Fall Eagle Fest
Location: Galena, IL;  Galena Convention Center
Sponsor: Eagle Nature Foundation, Ltd. & Galena/Jo Davies County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Schedule: CALL for Information
Description: Live bird of prey shows at 10:00, 12:00 & 3:00 by John & Dale Stokes from Trenton, GA.  Winning bald eagle school essays to be presented at 1:00 pm.  Winning school nature art to be on display.  Environmental address at 2 p.m.
Web Site: www.eaglenature.com; www.galena.org
Email: eaglenature.tni@juno.com
Telephone: 815-594-2306 (Eagle Nature Foundation) or 877-444-5850 (Galena Visitors Bureau)
 
State / Province Illinois
Name of Event: Bald Eagle Tours
Location: Galena, IL (NW Illinois & Eastern Iowa along Mississippi River)
Sponsor: Eagle Nature Foundation
Schedule: Beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday mornings, 2nd Sat of Jan, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sat of Feb, 2nd Sat of March each year (e.g Jan 12, Feb 9, Feb 16, Feb 23, and Mar 8, 2008. Contact references below for possible updates & reservations.
Description: 4-hour coach bus tours will visit several different communities of wintering bald eagles. Their daily feeding habits, migration movements and life history, as well as survival problems will be presented for your information and enjoyment. Bald eagles will be seen fishing, perching, nesting and flying overhead. Ample photographic opportunities. Different active bald eagle nests will be observed from a distance, so the nesting adults will not be disturbed. The tour guide is Terrence N. Ingram, long-time eagle researcher, author and speaker.
Web Site: http://www.eaglenature.com
Email: eaglenature.tni@juno.com
Telephone: For tour reservations, call815-594-2306,  for lodging, call 800-659-2220
 
State / Province Illinois
Name of Event: Havanna Eagle Days Festival
Location: Havanna, IL; Havana Park District Gym, 127 E. Jefferson.
Sponsor: Illinois Raptor Center
Schedule: 1st Sat of Feb (e.g. Feb 3, 2007)
Description: Eagle watching along the Illinois River riverfront, eagle art displays, souvenir photos with "Emi" the eagle, educational programs, food
Web Site: http://www.illinoisraptorcenter.org/eagle2.html
Email: illinoisraptorcenter@insightbb.com
Telephone: 217-963-6909
 
State / Province Illinois
Name of Event: Eagle Watch
Location: Marion, IL; Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Sponsor: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Schedule: Last two weekends in January
Description: Bald eagle and waterfowl viewing. Take a guided tour to visit an active bald eagle nest, and other areas around the Refuge where this bald eagles can be found. The last two weekends of the month at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, meet at the Visitor Center; Reservations Required. Reservations may be made beginning December 13.
Web Site: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/CrabOrchard/
Email: Dan_Frisk@fws.gov
Telephone: 618-997-3344
 
State / Province Illinois
Name of Event: Quad Cities Bald Eagle Days
Location: Expo Center, 2621 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL
Sponsor: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Schedule: 2nd weekend in January (Jan 12-13, 2008; 10 a.m. 7 p.m. on Saturday;
10 a.m. 5 p.m. on Sunday)
Description: Eagle viewing, live eagle programs, live bird of prey demonstrations, wildlife art show and sale, Native American dance, craft and lore demonstrations.
Web Site: http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/missriver/
Email: mail@greatriver.com
Telephone: Mississippi River Visitor Center 309-794-5338 or Arlynn Hartwig at the Expo Center 309-788-2543.
 
State / Province Illinois
Name of Event: Quincy Bald Eagle Watch
Location: Quincy, IL; Lock and Dam #21
Sponsor: U.S. Corps of Engineers
Schedule: 4th Sunday of January (e.g. Jan 27, 2007), 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Description: Bald Eagle viewing at Lock and Dam #21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Web Site: http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/missriver/bedweb/BEW2.htm
Email: mvrodmn15@usace.army.mil; mail@greatriver.com
Telephone: 217-228-0890
 
State / Province Illinois
Name of Event: Eagle Watch and Clock Tower Tour
Location: Rock Island, IL; Mississippi River Visitor Center
Sponsor: U.S. Corps of Engineers
Schedule: Jan. and Feb. Each Sat. and Sun., starting 2nd weekend of Jan, 9:30 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM through 3rd weekend of Feb.
Description: Combination eagle watches and clock tower tours
Web Site: http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/missriver/
Email: mvrodmn15@usace.army.mil
Telephone: 309-794-5338 (Mississippi River Visitor Center; reservations required)
 
State / Province Illinois
Name of Event: Starved Rock Eagle Watch Weekend
Location: Utica, IL; Starved Rock State Park
Sponsor: Starved Rock State Park, Illinois Audubon Society, Eagle Optics
Schedule: 4th weekend of Jan., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (e.g. Jan 27-28, 2007)
Description: Eagle viewing and birds of prey shows at the Lodge
Web Site: http://www.starvedrocklodge.com
Email: srlodge@ivnet.com
Telephone: 1-800-868-7625 (State Park); 815-673-5544. (IL Audubon Soc.)
 
State / Province Illinois
Name of Event: Bald Eagle Watch
Location: Clinton., Iowa on Mississippi River
Sponsor: U.S. Corps of Engineers
Schedule: 1st Saturday in January (e.g. January 5, 2008)
Description: Outdoor eagle viewing: Lock and Dam 13 on the Mississippi River, 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. Live Bird Programs and Storytelling: Clinton Community College 9:45 a.m.. - 2:00p.m. Exhibits: Clinton, Iowa Community College from 9:00a.m. - 3:30p.m. Free bus service from college to the outdoor viewing area.
Web Site: http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/missriver/
Email: mail@greatriver.com
Telephone: 815-259-3628
 
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