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Keokuk Bald Eagle Appreciation Days

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[DEC. 29, 2004]  KEOKUK, Iowa -- The 21st annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days will be Jan. 15-16, 2005, in Keokuk, the winter home of the largest concentration of American bald eagles on the Mississippi River.

Personnel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Lee County Conservation Board, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Illinois Department of Corrections will be at the observation points. Seventeen wildlife, conservation and environmental agencies will exhibit in the River City Mall.

Seminars covering mountain lion sightings in Iowa and the introduction of trumpeter swans into Lee County will be offered on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.

World Bird Sanctuary presentations will continue throughout the weekend at the Plaza Cinema in the River City Mall. The presentations are free and are presented hourly beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 16.

The Worthen Earth Searchers have organized a rock, mineral and artifact show that will be on display both days from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The Keokuk Wood Carvers Club will expand their show this year to include carvers from throughout the Midwest. Visitors can view the carving talent on display at the Keokuk Art Center at the River City Mall.

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Native American activities will be present inside River City Mall throughout both days, giving visitors an opportunity to learn Native American history of the Keokuk area. A special blessing of the eagle will take place on the observation deck at 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 16.

Evening entertainment on Saturday, Jan. 15, will be presented by the Spratt Family Jubilee, billed as the "Best Little Show outside of Branson." Country, bluegrass, gospel and comedy are included for a great family show. It will be presented at The Grand Theater, 26 N. Sixth, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 13, and children 5 years and under get in free.

Bald Eagle Appreciation Days is presented by the Keokuk Area Convention & Tourism Bureau and the Lee County Conservation Board.

For more information call (800) 383-1219 or (319) 524-5599, e-mail, or visit

[News release]



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