Eagle Day Gives Birds’ Eye View of American Icon; Live Demo of Birds of Prey
Environment, animal groups and state museum plan day-long festivities
Lewiston, Ill. | February 06, 2014
For 14 years, people from across the state have found a prime perch at Havana, Lewistown and Dickson Mounds Museum for eagle viewing and activities. This year’s Eagle Day Festival will Saturday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and has expanded its schedule to include activities at The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve. Admission is free for all events.
Attendees can access the Conservancy’s Visitor Use Observatories to hike, cross country ski, snow shoe, and spotting scopes will allow guests to see eagles and other migratory birds in their natural environment. Activities and parking will be in the boat launch parking area located directly off state route 78/97. Chautauqua Wildlife Refuge will host an auto tour around the South Pool from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Refuge staff will be on hand at the Headquarters to greet visitors and answer questions.
Kids of all ages will enjoy making falcon masks, eagle hats; learn about identification and fun facts about eagles at Dickson Mounds Museum Discovery Center. Mussel, fish and other animal mounts will be on display along with microscopes so visitors can see the large and small creatures that inhabit the world with us.
During the World Bird Sanctuary’s presentation “Raptor Awareness,” several LIVE birds of prey will be on display. There will be two shows, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., free admission but tickets must be picked up in the lobby of the Dickson Mounds Museum.
Also, this year’s expanded festivities include access to the Lewistown Visitor Center where Wildlife Prairie Park’s will exhibit live Birds of Prey providing visitors an opportunity to see a variety of birds such as hawks, eagles, and owls from 1 – 4 p.m. Also, The Havana Nature Center will provide an opportunity to see the eagles along the river.
The Fulton and Mason County Arts Councils will sell food for lunch, the proceeds of which will fund their respective programs.
This event is co-sponsored by Dickson Mounds, The Nature Conservancy, US Fish & Wildlife Service, UIS Therkildsen Field Station, Illinois Natural History Survey, Fulton and Mason County Arts Councils, Havana and Lewistown Chambers, Havana Public Library District and Nature Center, and Emiquon Audubon Society.
For more information go to: http://www.experienceemiquon.com
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.