• Trevor, an Eurasian Eagle Owl from Africa seems to say, "I can see you, very, very well," as he stares at the audience through his piercing, orange eyes. Trevor is a prime, young example of his species, which are the largest owls in the world. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Public Affairs Specialist Romanda Walker)

    Trevor, an Eurasian Eagle Owl

    Trevor, an Eurasian Eagle Owl from Africa seems to say, "I can see you, very, very well," as he stares at the audience through his piercing, orange eyes. Trevor is a prime, young example of his species, which are the largest owls in the world. (U.S...

  • Barn owls were once abundant in rural America, where they kept mice and other small rodents under control around farms. But selling of many small farms and destruction of their barns has altered the bird's habitat. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Public Affairs Specialist Romanda Walker)

    Barn owl prepares to fly

    Barn owls were once abundant in rural America, where they kept mice and other small rodents under control around farms. But selling of many small farms and destruction of their barns has altered the bird's habitat. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo...

  • Lenore, a white-necked raven snatches a dollar bill from an attendee of the Masters of the Sky program at the National Great Rivers Museum and swiftly deposits in a Plexiglas donation box as handler Dana Lambert looks on. These donations are all slated to go with the birds back to the World Bird Sanctuary to support education and other work there. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Public Affairs Specialist Romanda Walker)

    Lenore, a white-necked raven collects donations

    Lenore, a white-necked raven snatches a dollar bill from an attendee of the Masters of the Sky program at the National Great Rivers Museum and swiftly deposits in a Plexiglas donation box as handler Dana Lambert looks on. These donations are all slated...

  • Liberty, a rehabilitated Bald Eagle from the Wild Bird Sanctuary was brought to the Sanctuary after being injured by a car while hunting for food. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Public Affairs)

    Liberty, an American Bald Eagle eyes the crowd

    Liberty, a rehabilitated Bald Eagle from the Wild Bird Sanctuary was brought to the Sanctuary after being injured by a car while hunting for food. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Public Affairs)

ALTON, Ill. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - St. Louis District's National Great Rivers Museum along with the Meeting of the Great Rivers Foundation announces the return of the "Masters of the Sky" bird shows, presented by the World Bird Sanctuary, February 18-20, 2012, at the National Great Rivers Museum.

Our one-hour educational shows proudly complement the winter migration by bringing live bald eagles, owls, falcons, vultures and hawks to the National Great Rivers Museum where everyone can get an up-close view. These rehabilitated birds serve as ambassadors for their species. Naturalists focus their presentations on teaching the importance of raptors in the food chain, challenges they face as they travel from their northern nesting grounds to find a food source along the Mississippi River, and interesting traits of the species. One highlight of the show is experiencing flyovers from specially trained birds that skim just above the audience.

Shows begin at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Seating is limited to the first 200 tickets per show. Due to high demand, shows will be conducted outside in a heated tent. Please dress accordingly. Cameras and binoculars for Eagle spotting are welcome. Other activities include hands-on craft workshops, photos with "Eric the Eagle", a 14-minute film "Where Eagles Soar", and more. Tours of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam will also be available for free. Show tickets are $5 per adult, $3 per child. Tickets are on sale at the National Great Rivers Museum, over the phone by calling 618-462-6979, or can be purchased online at www.mtrf.org.

This program is made possible by the Meeting of the Rivers Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and preservation of rivers. The National Great Rivers Museum is located off River Heritage Parkway (IL Hwy 143) at #2 Lock & Dam Way, East Alton, IL 62024, adjacent to Melvin Price Locks & Dam. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and has free admission plus the locks and dam tours. For more information, or to purchase tickets to a "Masters of the Sky" show, call 618-462-6979 or toll free 877-462-6979, or go online to www.mtrf.org. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreatRivers.

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