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The Eagle Nature Foundation, Ltd. (ENF) is an international, non-profit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt, organization, which develops and implements habitat preservation strategies for endangered species, conducts a wide variety of nature education and awareness programs, engages in and supports bald eagle research, conducts fund-raising drives to preserve endangered species' habitats, and provides funds for monitoring efforts.

In addition to helping to save habitat, ENF is developing a nationwide program of publicity about the bald eagle and other endangered species to make the American public aware of the plight of our national symbol and the need to preserve the wilderness it requires to survive. 
Throughout the year a variety of ENF publications and news releases present information about the bald eagle and other wildlife issues and problems, as well as events sponsored by the organization.

Eagle Nature Foundation Membership is open to the public (see membership benefits page).  Tax deductible donations and/or memberships may be sent to:

Eagle Nature Foundation, Ltd.
300 East Hickory Street
Apple River, IL 61001
Phone: 815-594-2306
Fax: 815-594-2305
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Posted: Oct 13, 2009 7:24am
Aug 20, 2009

Please sign this petition of Americans urging the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service to place the Bald Eagle back on the Endangered Species List:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/39/protect-the-eagle-now

You can find out more and join Eagle Nature Foundation at www.eaglenature.com

Help Eagle Nature Foundation in it's efforts to save American Bald Eagle habitat!

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Posted: Aug 20, 2009 2:20pm
Oct 6, 2008

The fight continues!  Tomorrow and Wednesday there will be hearings in Springfield, Illinois regarding the proposed mine site in the sensitive wetland/eagle habitat along the Illinois River.  I will update my share after the hearings!

I'm sure this fight will continue for several more months, but the petition will close at the end of this month. If you havn't signed the petition to stop the destruction of eagle habitat, please do so now!  We need all the support we can get in this fight to save what little wetland habitat and eagle roosting and nesting habitat that we have left in the state of Illinois.  Most of the habitat has already been farmed, mined, or developed in some way.  We need to save this little portion of high quality habitat that lies between two state protected wetland habitats.
Please sign the petition today!
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Posted: Oct 6, 2008 12:10pm
Sep 14, 2008

Decurrent false aster, sometimes know as false starwort, is a big river floodplain species. Populations of decurrent false aster have declined as wetlands have been drained and converted to agricultural crop production. It is listed ENDANGERED by the state of Missouri and THREATENED by the state of Illinois and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Decurrent false aster grows in wetlands, on the borders of marshes and lakes, and on the margins of bottomland oxbows and sloughs. 

Historically, this plant was found in wet prairies, marshes, and along the shores of some rivers and lakes. Decurrent false aster favors recently disturbed areas and flooding may play a role in maintaining its habitat. Current habitats include riverbanks, old fields, roadsides, mudflats and lake shores. 

I found a good amount of it growing in the field behind the trees along Banner Dike Road. This field is surrounded by a berm; it had beeen flooded until early summer this year, which may have helped the asters. I posted some photos of the lovely Decurrent False Asters in my Photo Album:

http://www.care2.com/c2c/photos/view/53/748817900/Fields_of_Asters_and_Others_Fragile_Landscapes/

Looking at the site where I found the asters on an aerial map on Live Search Maps, I noticed a similar area in the center of the proposed mining site. I felt certain the field contained asters. 

My husband and I took a walk down Prairie Lane Road to the field I'd seen on the map, and yes, it was covered with Decurrent false asters!  I'm talking about an estimated 30 acres of this endangered plant in the center of the proposed mine site!  I have reported this to to Environmental Bureau of the Illinois Attorney Generals office, and I have reported it to the IDNR. I have also updated my petition to the USFWS to include this information. 

Please consider signing my petition to prevent this mining operation on this sensitive piece of land:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/615936766

 

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Posted: Sep 14, 2008 7:51am
Aug 23, 2008

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/StopMiningBanner


The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has issued Capital Resources Development Company permit to operate a surface coal mine on 643.2 acres (Proposed Permit Area) of property south of and adjacent to the Village of Banner.

We believe that the IDNR issued this permit without due consideration of its ecological impact and that, if the mining proceeds as proposed, it will be in violation of Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

We are sending this petition to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to ask them to investigate and stop this mining activity before it destroys sensitive habitat between Banner Marsh State Fish & Wildlife Area and Rice Lake Conservation Area, and area, where Bald Eagles roost in the winter and nest in the spring and summer, where migratory birds, including thousands of Geese, Ducks, Coots, Cormorants, and Pelicans, stop over each spring and fall.

The proposed mining plans include blasting the coal from the ground during the winter months, when eagles would be roosting nearby. The blasting will surely disturb them. Eagles begin their nesting activities in the winter. The blasting at the proposed mining site would surely disturb nesting eagles.

Please help us stop the destruction of Eagle Nesting and Roosting habitat. Sign this petition and then, for even greater impact, send a letter directly to the regional USFWS office:

Field Supervisor: Richard Nelson
e-mail: RockIsland@fws.gov or MidwestNews@fws.gov
1511 47th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265
Phone: 309-757-5800
Fax: 309-757-5807
TTY: 1-800-877-8339

Send the letter certified for even greater impact. Thank you for helping to call attention to this important issue.

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Posted: Aug 23, 2008 9:19am
Aug 23, 2008

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/StopMiningBanner

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has issued Capital Resources Development Company permit to operate a surface coal mine on 643.2 acres (Proposed Permit Area) of property south of and adjacent to the Village of Banner.

We believe that the IDNR issued this permit without due consideration of its ecological impact and that, if the mining proceeds as proposed, it will be in violation of Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

We are sending this petition to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to ask them to investigate and stop this mining activity before it destroys sensitive habitat between Banner Marsh State Fish & Wildlife Area and Rice Lake Conservation Area, and area, where Bald Eagles roost in the winter and nest in the spring and summer, where migratory birds, including thousands of Geese, Ducks, Coots, Cormorants, and Pelicans, stop over each spring and fall.

The proposed mining plans include blasting the coal from the ground during the winter months, when eagles would be roosting nearby. The blasting will surely disturb them. Eagles begin their nesting activities in the winter. The blasting at the proposed mining site would surely disturb nesting eagles.

Please help us stop the destruction of Eagle Nesting and Roosting habitat. Sign this petition and then, for even greater impact, send a letter directly to the regional USFWS office:

Field Supervisor: Richard Nelson
e-mail: RockIsland@fws.gov or MidwestNews@fws.gov
1511 47th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265
Phone: 309-757-5800
Fax: 309-757-5807
TTY: 1-800-877-8339

Send the letter certified for even greater impact. Thank you for helping to call attention to this important issue.

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Posted: Aug 23, 2008 7:41am
Jul 22, 2008
Walk with Me: Stop the Mine at Banner

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May 23, 2006

For Current Photos, please visit part 2 of my photographic journey through the Illinois River Valley:


Walk With Me, Part 2


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Oct 24, 2005

I was able to create a new blog. I thought at first I was going to have to come up with an entirely new account, but it let me auto post the photos to
Walk with Me, part 2. Please refer to the new blog for current photos. The postings on this account will remain as archived photographs.

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