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Bald Eagle Comeback Topic of Oswego Program

Feb 16, 2016 09:56AM ● By Steven Jack

The winter/spring program series at Oswego’s Little White School Museum begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, with “Bald Eagles: A Conservation Victory” by biologist Drew Becker. The program, presented in cooperation with the Conservation Foundation, recounts the rousing success of efforts to rescue the nation’s Bald Eagle population from the brink of extinction. Oswegoan Ronda Kesterson-Bennet captured this image of a Bald Eagle flying over the Fox River near Oswego. Program admission is $5. Call 630-554-2999 for more information.

The winter/spring program series at Oswego’s Little White School Museum starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, with “Bald Eagles: A Conservation Victory,” presented in partnership with the Conservation Foundation.

The museum is located at 72 Polk Street (Jackson at Polk Street), just two blocks from historic downtown Oswego.

Although they have made a remarkable recovery nationwide, Illinois in particular has seen near exponential growth in the Bald Eagle population in recent years. During Saturday’s presentation, Drew Becker, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Eagle biologist for Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri, will explain how the conservation community was able to achieve such a dramatic recovery and what factors threaten the continued growth of eagle populations.

Becker works out of the Rock Island Field Office, where he focuses on high priority migratory bird issues. His duties include providing technical assistance to landowners, project proponents, and units of government concerning regulations and permits issued under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Additionally, he is the species lead for the federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail. Previously, Becker worked for the National Park Service in Hawaii, focusing on endangered seabirds.

A Watseka native, Becker earned his bachelor of science and masters of science degrees in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois. His thesis research focused on the deer management program at Allerton Park in Monticello, Ill., where he also began his career working as the park’s natural areas manager.

Admission is $5. Program fees benefit the Little White School Museum’s operations.

For more information, call 630-554-2999, send an email to, or visit their web site at