Willowbrook celebrates Bald Eagle Day
Visitors got a chance to learn a lot about raptors and to celebrate our national symbol Saturday during Bald Eagle Appreciation Day at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.
For four hours, participants could hop in a model eagle nest, meet the center's resident eagle on a guided walk and learn about how eagles have adapted to their environment.
Operated by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Willowbrook is a native wildlife rehabilitation facility that provides care and medical treatment to injured and orphaned wild animals.
It also serves as a resource to teach residents about living in harmony with local wildlife.
The visitor center features windows that allow peeks in the kitchen and nursery, where staff and volunteers prepare specialized diets and care for baby animals.
The classroom and indoor discovery area have games, puzzles and other activities that give children a different way to explore.
Native wildlife with permanent disabilities, meanwhile live along Willowbrook's outdoor exhibit trail.
Residents include bald and golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, owls, red foxes, groundhogs, raccoons and opossums.