Visitors Guide for Events
January 2015

Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Area
Madison, Jersey & Calhoun Counties, Illinois
  We regularly update this calendar to provide you with up to date information on a variety of events that take place in the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Area. Changes are made when we gather more information or when we learn of an event. If you know of an event that you would like to see posted contact the webmaster. We hope you enjoy the events you choose to attend.
   
     
Probable Events
Dates, times, and other details will change and will be listed as soon as we get updated information.

BALD EAGLE
VIEWING PROGRAMS

Grafton, IL
  Selected Days during through January, 2014
8:30 am
Pere Marquette State Park
Visitor Center, 13112 Visitor Center Lane, Off IL-100 (the Great River Road)
A Park naturalist will be presenting informative programs about bald eagles. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature eagles, what they eat, why they winter in the area and more. There will be a lecture and a short video presentation followed by an observational drive. Be sure to dress warmly and have a full tank of gas. Binoculars are highly recommended but not essential as the Park brings along a spotting scope.
Free, reservations required
For more information call 618-786-3323

AUDOBON EAGLE FESTIVAL
West Alton, MO & Alton, IL
  Saturday, January 4, 2014
10 am - 2 pm
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary & Downtown Alton Illinois
Join in the fun for the kickoff of eagle watching season. See a live bald eagle up close and personal. Meet and greet with knowledgeable people from the areaís Eagle Watching Hot Spots to see what is in store for the rest of the season. Receive a "bird band" and become an official Alton Eagle Watcher. Bring the kids for fun activities and crafts. Learn about eagle watching: how to spot eagles, where to look, and what brings the eagles to this region each year. Then, head back across the river to Downtown Alton for ice sculpting on the streets and a wildlife art walk to view eagle and wildlife photography displayed by artists from Alton and beyond!
Free
For more information call 1-800-258-6645 or 636-899-0090
 or visit www.Riverlands.Audubon.org

EAGLE WEEKENDS
Dow, IL
  January 4 - January 26, 2014
Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am - 2 pm
TreeHouse Wildlife Center, 23956 Green Acres Road

Visit the Treehouse Wildlife Center on Saturdays in January and February to view live bald eagles being rehabilitated at the center. While you're there, visit some of the other wildlife that call the center home - hawks, owls, falcons and more.
Free
For more information call 618-466-2990
  or visit www.treehousewildlifecenter.com

BIRDS OF WINTER: RAPTOR SATURDAYS
West Alton, MO
  Saturdays: January 4, 11, 18, &  25, 2014
10 am - 2 pm
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Join the staff at The Audubon Center at Riverlands for this Birds of Winter program! It may be cold outside, but itís always 70 degrees inside the center. Two story circular bay windows provide a 140į grand vista of the Mississippi River, where you may see eagles, trumpeter swans, and other fascinating waterfowl. The TreeHouse Wildlife Center will be at the Center with a rehabilitated raptor. It could be an owl, hawk or falcon Ė stop by the Center to see who shows up! Then cross the river to see a bald eagle at the Alton Visitors Center.
Free
For more information call 636-899-0090
 or visit www.Riverlands.Audubon.org

CHAINSAW ART
Hartford, IL
  Saturday, January 11, 2014
1 pm - 3 pm
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive
Watch the Itchy Brothers Chainsaw Art carve wooden sculptures with their tools to send a salute to the Bald Eagle. See the pair carve these pieces live. The men of Itchy Brothers Chainsaw have over 30 years of combined experience. They start their demonstration with larger chainsaws to carve away the spare wood. Then, the pair use feature saws and sanders to get the full detail through.
Free. Admission to tour the Tower.
For more information call 636-251-9101
 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com

WINE CLUB GET-TOGETHER
Grafton, IL
  Saturday, January 11, 2014
2 pm - 5 pm
Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd.
Join in on the fun at the Mary Michelle Winery Tasting Room the second Saturday of each month and enjoy appetizers and wine tasting! This month's featured wine is Amberhill Red! Free for Wine Club Members. Not a Wine Club Member? No worries! It is easy to join and includes all kinds of benefits like discounts on lodging, dining and, of course, wine! $20 for a lifetime membership which includes a free commemorative Pere Marquette Lodge Wine Glass!
For more information call 618-786-2331 ext 338

COMMUNITY DANCE

Elsah, IL
  Saturday, January 11, 2014
7 pm - 10 pm
Farley's Music Hall, 37 Mill Street
The Historic Elsah Foundation is sponsoring an evening of Contra dancing, where couples dance in two facing lines. Live music will be provided by Roger Netherton & Rich Egan and the caller is Karen Jackson. All dances will be taught - no experience or partner necessary.
$6 for adults, children free
For more information, call 618-447-1127
 

EAGLE MEET & GREET
Alton, IL
  Saturdays: January 11, 18, & 25, 2014
10 am to 2 pm
Alton Visitors Center
The World Bird Sanctuary will be bringing a live Bald Eagle for the public to view up close. Be sure to bring your camera. After this personal encounter you can pick up an official All Around Alton Eagle Watcher's Guide and set off along the Great River Road to see eagles in their natural habitat. Then cross the river to see a rehabilitated raptor and learn how to spot bald eagles at the Audubon Center at Riverlands.
Free
For more information call 1-800-258-6645

AUDUBON EAGLE WATCH
West Alton, MO
  January 5, 12, & 19, 2014
10 am to 4 pm
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
The World Bird Sanctuary will be bringing a live Bald Eagle for the public to view up close. Be sure to bring your camera. After this personal encounter you can pick up an official All Around Alton Eagle Watcher's Guide and set off along the Great River Road to see eagles in their natural habitat.
Free
For more information call 636-899-0090
 or visit www.Riverlands.Audubon.org

JAC AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
Alton
, IL
  January 10 - February 22, 2014
Tues. - Sat hours are 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday hours: 12 pm  - 4 pm
Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway
This exhibit features works by the winners of last summerís Juried Exhibit and includes pieces in media such as metal, oil, paper, watercolor, and wood carving.
Free
For more information call 618-462-5222

MOONLIGHT HIKE
Godfrey, IL
  Wednesday, January 15, 2014
7 pm
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Join The Nature Institute members and friends and take a leisurely moonlit hike through the Mississippi Sanctuary, a 37-acre area of grand vistas and spectacular scenery, including waterfalls and wildlife. Terrain is light to moderate and the hike is about an hour long.
Free
For more information call 618-466-9930

ASTRONOMY ASSOCIATION MEETING
Godfrey, IL
  Thursday, January 16, 2014
7 pm
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Every third Thursday of the month The Nature Institute partners with Eddie Agha of Agha Designs Jewelry Studio and invites the public to a program of the TNI Astronomy Association. Participants will navigate the preserve with naturalist Eddie Agha to observe and record constellations. (No telescopes are needed.) Guests will also receive short, instructional lessons about activities and workshops associated with the program, and find out how to join the TNI Astronomy Association.
Free, but reservations are required
For more information or to make reservations call 618-467-2521
  or email pbrown@TheNatureInstitute.org
 

EAGLE PHOTO WORKSHOP
Hartford, IL
  Saturday, January 18, 2014
Noon - 2 pm
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive
Want to know the tips and tools to catch an amazing shot of one of those majestic birds? Come to the Tower and listen to a local expert photographer's pointers. There will be two one-hour long sessions, the first at Noon and the second at 1 pm.
Free. Admission to tour the Tower.
For more information call 636-251-9101
 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com

EAGLE DAYS

St. Louis County, MO
Madison County, IL
  January 18 - January 19, 2014
Old Chain of Rocks Bridge
9 am - 3 pm both days
It's time again to bundle up your family and join the excitement of viewing eagles along the Mississippi River from the historic Chain of Rocks Bridge. Viewing scopes will be stationed on the bridge to allow close-ups of eagles. Live eagle presentations every 20 minutes. Get your photo taken in the eagle's nest! Bring your own binoculars and dress to stay warm.
Event is Free
Free and Paid parking available

For information call 314-877-1309

WILDERNESS WALK
Edwardsville, IL
  Tuesday, January 21, 2014
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Avenue
Join the staff at the Watershed Nature Center every third Tuesday for a narrated hike along its mile long trail. Come out and explore the trail on a morning hike. Bring your curiosity, questions, and keen eye for observation.
Free. Registration requested for groups of 10 or more.
For more information call 618-692-7578

LUNCH-N-LEARN
Calhoun County, IL
  Friday, January 24, 2014
Noon
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
Bring your own lunch and sit down with the staff at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge to learn about eagles. Then head out for a short hike to see some eagles soar over Swan Lake. Open to all ages.
Free
For more information call 618-883-2524

BIRDS OF PREY
Hartford, IL
  Saturday, January 25, 2014
1 pm -
3 pm
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive
Eagles arenít the only birds of prey in the area. Join the Confluence Tower as it hosts the TreeHouse Wildlife Center and learn about other birds that call the Riverbend area home with displays and educational activities throughout the day.
Free. Admission to tour the Tower.
For more information call 636-251-9101
 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com

BALD EAGLE FESTIVAL
Grafton, IL
  Sunday, January 26, 2014
11 am - 3 pm
Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd.
Come out to Pere Marquette Lodge where you can not only be personally introduced to our nation's most majestic symbol, but also shop our unique vendor booths, grab a bite in the restaurant and enjoy time with friends and family. The festival will feature live music and entertainment by the World Bird Sanctuary as they showcase the Bald Eagle and several other raptor species in their Masters of the Sky Show at 1:30 pm. Show up a little early and meet a Bald Eagle up close and personal!
Free to the event, Masters of the Sky Show tickets are $3

For more information call 618-786-2331 ext 338
   

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