Bald eagle bus tours offered in Galena; deadline to register is Dec. 15

Staff Report

The Eagle Nature Foundation (ENF) has announced its 2015 bald eagle bus tour schedule. The schedule includes two four-hour bus tours and one two-day bus tour to enjoy bald eagles in the winter. Each of these tours leaves from Stoney Creek Inn in Galena, Ill. Four different motels in Galena offer reduced rates for anyone going on the eagle tours.

The four-hour bald eagle bus tours will leave from Stoney Creek Inn at 8 a.m. on the Saturday mornings of Feb. 14 and Feb. 28. The bus will visit four different historic wintering communities of bald eagles. For four hours, participants will live with the eagles, seeing bald eagles flying overhead, fishing and perching, as well as bald eagle nests. Cameras, binoculars and warm clothing are recommended for anyone going on one of these tours. The cost of each of the four-hour tours is $70 for adults and $50 for children younger than 17, or for groups of six or more people, the rate is $60 for adults and $40 for children younger than 17. Anyone joining ENF at the time they register may receive a $5 discount from the above rates.

For those interested in seeing many bald eagles, for the first time ever, ENF is offering a two-day bald eagle bus tour during the height of the bald eagle migration. This tour will leave from Stoney Creek Inn at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 10, and return by 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 11. Participants on this two-day tour have the possibility of seeing a total of from 1,000 to 2,000 bald eagles. The cost for this tour is $350 per person, $300 per person double occupancy, $275 per person with three people to a room, or $250 per person with four people to a room. These rates cover the bus, tour guide, room for Saturday night, Sunday breakfast and insurance to cover the fees paid. Reservations for this tour must be made by Dec. 15, 2014.

For a brochure or for more information, call (815) 594-2306, or write to: ENF, 300 E. Hickory St., Apple River, IL 61001, or register online at

From the Dec. 3-9, 2014, issue

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