APPLE RIVER – Eagle Nature Foundation will host the 54th annual Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Count Jan. 25. Volunteers are needed.
This count will be done throughout the Midwest from northern Minnesota to Louisiana. In case of bed weather, the count will continue Jan. 26.
Some counters start the day by counting the eagles as the birds fly out of their nighttime roosts while it is still dark.
In the past, the eagles have been counted from cars, boats, and airplanes. It is anticipated that 90 percent of the birds will be counted by 11 a.m.
Terrence Ingram of Apple River, president of the foundation, has been the count coordinator for 30 years.
Anyone interested in helping with the count should contact Ingram at 300 E. Hickory St. or call 815-594-2306 to get the necessary count forms and to receive an area assignment. The deadline to volunteer is Jan. 25.