Seminars at Bald Eagle Appreciation Days January 16 – 17, 2010 Because of high attendance and requests, the Keokuk Area Convention & Tourism Bureau in conjunction with the Lee County Conservation Bo

Seminars at Bald Eagle Appreciation
Days
January 16 – 17, 2010
Because of high attendance and requests, the Keokuk
Area Convention & Tourism Bureau in conjunction with the Lee County
Conservation Board will host 4 new seminars at the River City Mall on Saturday
and Sunday during Bald Eagle Appreciation Days.  At 11:00 a.m., Tom Basten and
Michelle Wilson from the IDNR will highlight improvements made to Southeast Iowa
State Parks and the Honey Creek Resort State Park in the “Iowa State Parks:
Improving & Changing” seminar.  At 1:00 p.m., “Pool 19: Ground Zero For
Ducks” seminar with a biologist from Ducks Unlimited will explain the
importance of Pool 19 to continental waterfowl populations, current habitat
programs and research.  Andy Joseph, State Apiarist at the Iowa Department of
Agriculture and Land Stewardship will discuss the latest on Colony Collapse
Disorder and the importance of honey bees in the 2:00 p.m. seminar, “The Buzz
About Bees”.  The last seminar on both days beginning at 3:00 p.m. will be about
the Osprey reintroduction program in Iowa and what’s next for this unique
raptor.  Pat Schlarbaum from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will host
the seminar, “Return of the Fish Hawk”.
The Bald Eagle Appreciation Days activities at the
River City Mall and Holiday Inn Express will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00
p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Conservation agency displays, Native American
singing and dancing, live bird presentations along with these seminars will be
presented at River City Mall.  The annual Woodcarvers Show, exhibitions and
auction will be in the lower level at the Holiday Inn Express, 325 Main Street. 
Personnel from the Lee County Conservation Board, Iowa DNR, Illinois DNR and the
US Army Corps of Engineers will staff outdoor viewing points at Victory Park and
Hubinger Landing from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.