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Old 10-04-2010, 10:32 AM   #1
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While Starved Rock State park is so heavily used for recreation it is hard to imagine a pristine habitat could exist, thanks to the many weekend hikers and campers that over use this once peaceful,beautiful area along the Illinois river, Plum Island remains developement free.
(A 55-acre island located in the middle of the Illinois River just 85 miles from Chicago's Loop and downstream from Ottawa, Plum Island is an uninhabited, pristine site that can be viewed from atop Starved Rock.)
A few years ago I joined the effort to save this island. Thankfully there was little chance of losing even with Rob Blagojevich as governor.

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Spring, 2003 - Developers continue to advertise sale of "prestigious lots" on Plum Island with lots ranges from $125,000 to $210,000, and "luxury log cabins" featuring 3 bedrooms and fireplaces, ranging from $88,335 to $110,540. Full water and sewer access is promised. And while promoting "…the tranquility of nature", the developers also tout nearby jet-ski rentals.

June 25, 2003 - Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn - Chairman of the Illinois River Coordinating Council - urges developers to halt promotions of real estate on Plum Island due to several concerns, including damage to eagle and fish habitats, disrespect of ancient burial grounds, potential for flooding, lack of access from either shore, interference with barge traffic and public safety.

June 26, 2003 - Illinois Department of Natural Resources reminds developers that they have not yet received proper permits to dredge a marina, destroy eagle roosts, disturb burial sites or enjoy access to State-owned property for "…ingress or egress or for utility right-of-ways."

June 27, 2003 - Developers tell Associated Press, "(Our) eagle study shows they're only there for three weeks a year." He later corrects himself, saying, "The eagles are out there in December, January and February…the disruption is truly minimal." According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, however, the eagles begin arriving every October and stay through mid-March.

March 28, 2004 - Victory rally to celebrate the saving of Plum Island.


Lt. Governor Pat Quinn - Standing Up for Illinois

I was amazed at the number of native plants now surviving throughout the park,especially with the size crowds we ran into this past weekend.
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Old 10-04-2010, 12:28 PM   #2
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Eagles become big business.

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January 25-26, 2003 - Thousands of tourists visit the area for Bald Eagle Days in Utica and Bald Eagle Watch Weekend in Ottawa. From January through March, LaSalle County businesses gross at least $1.8 million from eagle-watching.
I wonder what those totals are today. Even in a bad economy last winter my sister ran into plenty of people and took hundreds of pictures of the eagles flyng,fishing and roosting.
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A nice picture of the island taken from above, at this attorney's site, when he helped save the island from developement.

Edwin R. McCullough Attorney and Counsellor at Law

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Now, Plum Island is an Illinois Audubon nature sanctuary, closed to the public. Edwin is a member of the sanctuary committee and working on improving the ecology of Plum Island.
Plum Island acquisition
Illinois Audubon Society - Local Chapter Information

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ILLINOIS CLEAN ENERGY community foundation
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To see the eagles through a lens.

SierraVisions.com Bald Eagles of Starved Rock Sate Park

Our Visit to Bald Eagle Watch 2009 at Starved Rock < Birds, Nature < Wolfstad Blog
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Bald eagles are native to Alabama, but I have yet to see one here. Back home in northern Michigan I used to love to watch the eagles fishing, nesting, and just hanging out against the sky. But then I lived close to the river (The Manistee R., Wexford Co MI.)

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Eagles are the mascot of the Auburn U. football team, and they do have some captives that they fly on teathers over the stadium before a game.
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