Thursday, January 19, 2017

Illinois Eagle Days- A Family Event

You all know we love to hunt and fish here at Capitol Outdoors.  However there is more to it then that.  There's conservation and education.  That's why we are excited about eagle days this year.  Not only because last year we had a great time and learned a bunch of things about birds of prey, but because this year we get to with Autumn and have even more fun.  Read about our Eagle Day Adventure from last year.  Below find the press release from our friends at the Nature conservancy.

There's something else that you'll only find here!  This year there's a Scavenger Hunt. Participants may pick up an Eagle Days Hunt booklet at any of the participating locations. Each location contains the answer to a question in the booklet. Those who turn in completed sheets will receive a prize while supplies last.

Eagle Day Gives Bird's Eye View of American Icon; Live Demo of Birds of Prey

Communities, conservation, research and animal groups plan day-long festivities

LEWISTOWN, Ill. -- Family-friendly Eagle Day events will be held at The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Preserve and other locations on February 4, 2017. Admission is free at all of the events. This year there will be a scavenger hunt and you can pick up a booklet at any of the locations and when completed you can pick up a prize at any of the locations as supplies last.

See eagles at the Emiquon Preserve Visitor Use Observatories where spotting scopes will be provided for eagle and bird watching along with hot cocoa, a warming station and displays. Additionally, the University of Illinois at Springfield's Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon will provide a microscopic view of Emiquon. Events will be from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (weather permitting). Activities and parking will be at the Lakeside Observatory located directly off State Route 78/97. For additional information call 309-547-2730

Additional area activities include:

Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge: Enjoy Chautauqua’s 8-mile auto tour (weather permitting) and the open house at the Refuge Headquarters. View eagles and other wildlife from the viewing platforms at Chautauqua’s headquarters nature trail, Eagle Bluff Access Area, Roundtree Nature Trail and Goofy Ridge Access Area 9 am – 3 pm.

Havana Nature Center: Eagle viewing with the Emiquon Audubon Society and photos with Emi the Eagle in the life-sized nest along with information on eagles.

Lewistown, IL: This year’s festivities include access to Lewistown Visitor Center where Wildlife Prairie Park will exhibit live Birds of Prey providing visitors an opportunity to see a variety of birds such as hawks, eagles, and owls from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Dickson Mounds Museum: Explore Dickson Mounds Museums exhibits and learn about Illinois wildlife and hands on kid’s activities will be provided.

This event is co-sponsored by City of Havana, City of Lewistown, Lewistown Chamber of Commerce, Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds Museum, Forbes Biological Station, Havana Octoberfest Committee, Havana Park District, Illinois River Biological Station, Mason County Arts Council, The Nature Conservancy, Therkildsen Field Station and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

For more information, go to:

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect the land and water on which all life depends. To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have been responsible for the protection of more than 18 million acres in the United States and have helped preserve more than 117 million acres in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

Remember Enjoy the Outdoors, Good Luck and Stay Safe

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