GOVERNOR’S “PUTTING WISCONSIN ON THE MAP” AWARD GOES
TO EAGLE-WATCHING EVENTS IN CASSVILLE, PRAIRIE DU CHIEN,
SAUK CITY AND PRAIRIE DU SAC
MADISON, Wis. (January 23, 2006) – The Wisconsin Department of Tourism presented the Governor Doyle “Putting Wisconsin on the Map” award today to three communities that host bald eagle-watching events during the winter season. Secretary Jim Holperin delivered the awards to event organizers and sponsors at three separate receptions in Prairie du Sac/Sauk City, Cassville and Prairie du Chien. The award is designed to honor groups or individuals that creatively promote Wisconsin tourism attractions and raise the state’s profile nationwide.
“Wisconsin is home to the largest population of wintering bald eagles in the country, making us a premier destination for eagle watching,” Holperin said. “By hosting eagle-related events and activities, the communities recognized today have lifted the state’s visibility as an eco-tourism and bird-watching destination. In addition, the events create economic impact for local areas by attracting visitors during the winter months and by focusing national media attention on Wisconsin.”
Each of the communities offer eagle watching events and activities during January and February. Highlights from the Prairie du Sac’s recent Bald Eagle Watching Days (Jan. 14-15, 2006) included guided bus tours and the release of a rehabilitated eagle by Marge Gibson of the Raptor Education Group, Inc. At Bald Eagle Days in Cassville (Jan. 28-29, 2006), volunteers will assist visitors locate eagles in top viewing spots on observation decks at Riverside Park and Nelson Dewey State Park and provided other learning opportunities. Prairie du Chien’s Bald Eagle Appreciation Days (Feb. 4, 2006) feature live bald eagle programs, eagle and raptor exhibits and displays and field trips to eagle watching locations led by birding experts.
In the last several years, bird watching in Wisconsin has garnered national media attention from CNN, CBS Sunday Morning, Chicago Tribune, Audubon Magazine, Mother Earth NewsUK Birdwatch, Midwest Airlines Magazine, Wisconsin Public Radio and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Previous recipients of the Governor’s “Putting Wisconsin on the Map” award include Great River Road, Green Bay Packers, American Birkebeiner, Road America, First Lady Jessica Doyle, The Overture Center and the 2004 PGA Championships.
For more information about eagle watching events in Wisconsin, the public can visit travelwisconsin.com or call the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s live-operated toll-free number 1-800-432-TRIP. Travelers also can obtain guides and information at the Wisconsin Welcome Centers, located in select state-border cities.