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The eagles have a message for us: Despite the fact that we continue to call them a super-insensitive name (how would you like it if we labeled you bald Joe?), they still want us to come check 'em out this season. They've groomed their feathers and they're flying beautifully — this might be the best winter for our majestic friends yet! To show the eagles some love and to do so in style, you need to spend "A Day in Eagle Country" with Bluff City Tours, Inc. (www.bluffcitytours.com). This group's guided excursions depart at 8:30 a.m. from the upper-level parking lot at Alton Square Mall (200 Alton Square, Alton, Illinois) and return at 3 p.m. after you've spotted some eagles, taken in beautiful scenery and enjoyed lunch at the Pere Marquette Lodge. Cost to participate is $50, and tours happen on Wednesday and Saturday (February 6, 9 and 13); call 618-466-8693 to save your spot. And bring along a camera: The Alton Square Mall is having an eagle photo contest, and you can learn more at www.shopaltonsquare.com.
Wed., Feb. 6; Sat., Feb. 9; Wed., Feb. 13, 2008

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