Bald Eagle Days event Saturday

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

Chillicotheans may be able to make the most of the cold weather by spotting bald eagles around the ice of the Illinois River Saturday.

Chillicothe Mayor Doug Crew declared this week as "Bald Eagle Days" at the Jan. 27 Chillicothe City Council meeting. He urged "all residents in the area to recognize the value of this national treasure and the importance of bald eagles to our community and the surrounding area."

The Chillicothe Rotary and Lions Clubs have several activities planned for Saturday at the Shore Acres Park Clubhouse. An all-you-can-eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast will be from 7:30-11:30 a.m.

Tickets are $7 per adult and $3 per child (10 and under), and may be purchased at the door or in advance from any Lion or Rotarian. Tickets are also available for purchase at Happy Thought Coffee.

Wildlife Prairie Park will present its Birds of Prey exhibit which features the American Bald Eagle from 7-10:30 a.m.

Also at 7 a.m., chainsaw sculptor Tim Gill will begin creating on-site a one of a kind eagle sculpture to be auctioned at 11 a.m.

At 9:30 a.m., winners will be announced for the children's art contest. At 10 a.m., winners of the photography contest will be announced. The art contest entries and photo entry winners will also be on display. They also are on display at the Chillicothe Public Library.

Immediately following, Native American storyteller, Jo Lakota, will share tales of the American Eagle. Author and photographer, David Zalaznik, will autograph copies of his book, "Life on the Illinois River." Additional exhibitors are the Peoria Audubon Society, Ducks Unlimited's Chillicothe Bottoms Project, and Friends of River Beach Drive.

Sponsors are the Chillicothe Rotary Club, Chillicothe Lions Club, Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce, South Side Bank, CEFCU and auctioneer Gary Schmick.