Bald Eagles Featured at the Windmill Cultural Center
Ed Britton surveying the pelican nesting colony located north of Fulton, on the island commonly known as Cormorant Island.
Ed Britton, Refuge Manager for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge, will be the guest speaker at the Windmill Cultural Center on Wednesday, February 5, at 9 a.m. Mr. Britton will present “Bald Eagles on the Mississippi River.”
The bald eagle is one of the great wildlife management success stories in U.S. history with the combined efforts of individuals, conservation organizations, and government agencies. There were reintroduction programs combined with strict laws and a national education outreach effort. The bald eagle was removed from the federal endangered species list in 2007 but is still protected under several migratory bird laws.
Britton was born and raised in Cairo, Illinois, and moved to Ottawa, Ill. He graduated from Ottawa Township High School. After completing Illinois Valley Community College, he enlisted in the Army for three years, spending one year in Vietnam where he earned the Bronze Star and Silver Star medals. In 1976, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Britton began his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1977 and has worked at six national wildlife refuges around the country. He became manager of the Savanna District in 1995. In 2004, he was awarded the Department of Interior Superior Service Award.
The Wild Winter Wednesday programs are free to attend and open to the public. Light refreshments are served at 9am with the program following. The Windmill Cultural Center is located at 111 10th Avenue, Fulton, IL.
For more information on programs held at the Windmill Cultural Center, please contact Heather Bennett at 815-589-4545 or visit www.cityoffulton.us.