Eagle tours at Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton will begin soon and if the weather remaind cold, visitors should expect to see plenty of America’s bird this season.  Hundreds will fly to this part of the Midwest during the winter, following our three local rivers, and will spend 3-4 months fishing and sometimes building a nest.  The tour will give you a first hand look at their habitat.

Urban Fishing Coordinator with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is Scott Isringhausen.  He no longer works directly for the park but still leads the tours and says they’ve never had a tour that did not see at least one eagle:

 

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The tours begin Friday are free and available on a first come, first serve basis and run from 8:30am until about 3pm.  To sign up for a future tour, call the park office at 618-786-3323 during normal business hours, or follow this link:

http://dnr.state.il.us/Lands/landmgt/parks/R4/Peremarq.htm

 

 

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