Native Village Youth and Education News
February 1, 2009 Issue 194 Volume 4

Large crowds, bald eagles flock to Keokuk for silver anniversary of Bald Eagle Appreciation Days

By Diane Vance /Gate City Staff Writer
Condensed by Gina Boltz, Director, Native Village Publications
Iowa:  Keokuk's Bald Eagle Appreciation Days drew large crowds of people and eagles. Visitors from  Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and other states attended the events.  “Attendance was above average,” said Kirk Brandenberger of the Keokuk Area Convention and Tourism Bureau. “I talked to several out-of-state people. This has become a big Midwestern event.”

Viewing scopes allowed guest to watch eagles roosting in trees along the Illinois shore of the Mississippi River. Several eagles swooped and fished in mid-morning. At least 400 eagles were counted between the Keokuk-Hamilton Bridge and Warsaw, Ill.

“Keokuk is an important site for eagles,” said Bruce Ehresman, a wildlife diversity manager. “It's been an historic wintering place, even before the dam. The rapids kept an open water spot even when the rest of the river froze.”

The Thunderbirds hosted the Night Eagle singers and dancers from Wisconsin and Thunderhorse Bear Singers of Ames. The groups drummed, sang, danced and explained Native American traditions.

St. Louis World Bird Sanctuary, which rehabs injured birds, propagates species, conducts studies and presents educational shows, held free, all-eagle shows.

Art, photos, jewelry, clothing, food and free educational materials were also available to the crowd.

Several seminars highlighted the need for more work and attention to wildlife.
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