One of Chillicotheans’, as well as other visitors’, highlights of the winter season is seeing how many eagles they can spot along the Illinois River. To capitalize on that activity, Bald Eagle Days began. This year’s Bald Eagle Days features many of the regular events but added afternoon activities: a feather hunt and movie after the pancake breakfast and activities conclude at Shore Acres Clubhouse.

The Chillicothe Lions Club and Chillicothe Rotary Club sponsor the pancake and sausage breakfast from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Tickets of $7 per adult and $3 per child 10 and under are available at the door or at Chillicothe City Hall, CEFCU and Happy Thought Coffee. Sponsored by South Side Bank, Wildlife Prairie Park will offer an up close look at an eagle and its popular Birds of Prey program throughout the morning. Chainsaw artist Tim Gill, who carved both the eagle at Cutright Park and the Grey Ghost in the city median, will show off his skills and end with a sculpture auctioned at 11 a.m. Galena Road Gravel is sponsoring his event. Magician Jerry Tupper will offer his hilarious magic acts to the crowd at 9:30 a.m. His act is sponsored by Heritage Health. Photographer David Zalaznik will sign his book, “Life Along the Illinois River” that morning and local children will receive awards for the eagle art contest.

More activities continue as the feather hunt commences from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sponsored by the city and Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce, clues will be handed out at 11:30 a.m. at Shore Acres and the chamber office at 1028 N. Second St. The feather will be hiding at a local merchant. The silver feather, which is made of metal, and the gold pendant were donated by Gary Schmick of Schmick Auction House and Callahan Antiques. Sid Link designed and produced the pendant, which has a genuine diamond in its eye. The initial clue is: “I am a silver feather, missing from a Gold Eagle. I can be found in a business in Chillicothe. Just ask this question: Do you have the silver feather?”
Whoever finds the silver feather is to bring it to the Chillicothe riverfront at Eagle Landing, where they will be announced the winner at 3 p.m. Also at that time will be a dedication of the carved eagle.
Also in the afternoon, Town Theatre will present a free movie, “Winged Migration,” at noon.

About the event
WHEN 7:30-11:30 a.m. at Shore Acres Clubhouse, noon at Town Theatre, 11:30-3 p.m. feather hunt and 3 p.m. announcement of winner and eagle dedication at the Chillicothe riverfront
INFO Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce, 274-4556