The following was sent to the Navigator News from Jennifer Tariq, the Education Director at Douglas-Hart Nature Center.
The Douglas-Hart Nature Center is offering a chartered bus trip to Starved Rock State Park for their annual bald eagle festival. The trip is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2014 during the Eagle Watch weekend. Bus leaves the nature center at 6:30a.m. and will return home around 6:00p.m. The cost is $45 per person and includes travel and refreshments en route. Eagle Watch weekend includes a raptor show with several different viewing options, opportunities to meet and greet live birds of prey up close, enjoy lunch at one of four dining options, and visit multiple vendors set up in the Great Hall for shopping, goodies, and more. Additionally, the Illinois Audubon Society will be on hand with spotting scopes and to answer any questions you may have. This trip is ideal for a day to break up the winter blues. After you’ve watched the bald eagles take flight near the river diving for fish, consider a hike on one of Starved Rocks many trails. Have you ever seen a frozen waterfall or beautiful snow covered bluffs – you are in for a special treat at Starved Rock. To reserve your seat please submit payment by Friday, January 3rd to the Douglas-Hart Nature Center 2204 DeWitt Avenue East in Mattoon or call 217-235-4644 to register or for more information.