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An American bald eagle takes flight along the Illinois River near Havana. Photo by Chris Young.

Eagle Day Festival at Dickson Mounds Museum Feb. 2

January 28, 2013 at 09:38 AM

Prairie State Outdoors

The annual Eagle Day Festival will be held Feb. 2 at Dickson Mounds Museum, downtown Lewistown, the Havana riverfront and the Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge.

Events at Dickson Mounds Museum:

Crafts and activities for kids will be held at the museum from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Nature’s Raptor Force, a 2007 film, will be shown in the museum’s auditorium at 10:30 a.m.

It features stunning aerial footage and computer graphics to demonstrate how raptor’s tricks and tactics have inspired engineers to devise fighter jets with unprecedented maneuverability and stealth. 

The World Bird Sanctuary of Missouri will present a Raptor Awareness program at 1:30 p.m. with live birds of prey. 

Admission is free, but tickets must be picked up in the lobby of the Museum for the show as seating is limited to 150.

At 3 p.m. winners of the Eagle Art and Poetry Awards will be honored.

The Illinois Winter Wildlife Photography Show open to residents in Fulton and Mason Countries, and Eagle Art and Poetry created by students from Fulton and Mason Counties, will be on display until March 4. 

Dickson Mounds Museum is located across the Illinois River from Havana.

Call (309) 547-3721.

Downtown Lewistown:

“Birds of Prey up Close” will be presented from 1 - 4 p.m. by Wildlife Prairie Park at the Lewistown Visitor Center, 222 S. Main St.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see a variety of birds such as hawks, eagles, and owls.

Havana Riverfront and Nature Center:

Eagle viewing along the Illinois River all day.

Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge:

The Chautauqua Wildlife Refuge will host an auto tour around the South Pool from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Refuge staff will be on hand at the Headquarters to greet visitors and answer questions.

This even is co-sponsored by the Fulton County Arts Council, the Mason County Arts Council, The Nature Conservancy, the Havana Library District, Lewistown Chamber, Illinois History Survey­ Forbes Biological Station and Illinois River Biological Station, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


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