of prey specialist Jacques Nuzzo and a bald eagle named Kenny plan
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[JAN. 17, 2007]
DECATUR -- To promote awareness of bald eagles
in Illinois, Jacques Nuzzo of the Illinois Raptor Center will prove
that "bald is beautiful" by having his head shaved at 11 a.m. at the
Macon County Conservation District's Rock Springs Nature Center on
Thursday. Nuzzo will be accompanied by Kenny, a juvenile bald eagle
from the raptor center. The event is to promote bald eagle
celebrations in Illinois. The Illinois Raptor Center will give
presentations at three of the celebrations, with Macon County
Conservation District hosting a trip to one of them.
Meredosia Eagle Watching Days will be Jan. 20, with an IRC
program at 3 p.m. in the Meredosia High School gymnasium.
Rock Eagle Watch Weekend will be Jan. 27 and 28, with the
IRC giving three programs daily, at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., at the
Illinois Waterway Visitor Center.
The Macon County Conservation District will host a bus trip to
the Starved Rock Eagle Watch Weekend for eagle viewing on
Jan. 27. Reservations should be made by Jan. 19. Visit
www.maconcountyconservation.org/events.htm or call 217-423-7708
for more information or to make a reservation for the trip.
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Eagle Days Festival will be Feb. 3, starting with a
breakfast with Kenny, the IRC bald eagle, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church. There will be two IRC programs, at
12:30 and 2:30 p.m., at the Havana Park District gym.
More information about these celebrations can be found at
Illinois is host to thousands of North America's bald eagles
during the winter months, when they congregate along the Illinois
and Mississippi rivers where water remains open for fishing.
Center news release]