For Immediate Release: Contacts: Tracey Shifflett (Hansen) 202-226-9019 March 11, 2002 Nathan Naylor (Reid) 202-224-9521 Naomi Edelson (IAFWA) (202) 624-7890 A BIPARTISAN DISPLAY OF UNITY FOR WILDLIFE CONSERVATION Rally Conservationists, Land Owners, & Students in Support of Bill to Protect Wildlife - Bald Eagle to Fly over Steps of Capitol to Raise Public Awareness Tomorrow, Rep. Jim Hansen (R-UT) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) will convene on the West Front steps of The Capitol to watch the flight of the bald eagle, Challenger. This comes on the heels of a report released by the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies on the health status of America's wildlife. EVENT ADVISORY WHO: Harry Reid (D-NV), Assistant Majority Leader for the Senate, Chairman Jim Hansen (R-UT); House Resources Committee; Challenger, Bald Eagle DATE: TUESDAY, MARCH 12 TIME: 11:00 AM LOCATION: WEST STEPS OF THE U.S. CAPITOL (facing Mall) Sponsored by American Birding Association; American Eagle Foundation; Audubon; American Fisheries Society; Bass Pro Shops; Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation; International Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies; National Wildlife Federation; National Wild Turkey Federation; NatureServe; Pheasants Forever; Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; The Wildlife Society; Wildlife Management Institute. Senator Harry Reid (NV), Assistant Majority Leader for the Senate, and Chairman Jim Hansen (UT), House Resources Committee Chairman, will announce the release of a new report on the status of America's Wildlife at a supporter's rally tomorrow. The Rally will feature the flight of Challenger-an American Bald Eagle-on the west front steps of the US Capitol Building. The event will be held to raise public awareness and support for wildlife protection legislation designed to work with landowners and conservation groups. Sen. Harry Reid's Statement: "The American Bald Eagle has made a remarkable recovery thanks to the hard work of conservationists from around the nation," Senator Reid said. "But we can't stop now. This report reminds us all that America's wildlife is still at risk. That's why I'm supporting the conservation efforts of local sportsmen and community members, who are working on their own time, and in their own backyards, to conserve and improve habitat for our wildlife. My legislation recognizes that local conservationists-whether they hail from Nevada, Utah, or beyond-are often best equipped to protect and preserve wildlife habitat." Chairman Jim Hansen's Statement: "Preserving our nation's wildlife should be a priority for everyone. Sharing the commitment to conservation success with our local communities may be the salvation many species need. With hard work and adequate funding, we can successfully recover species, as we've done with our American Bald Eagle. During my last year in Congress, I look forward to achieving a workable, actionable wildlife conservation solution." Challenger, a non-releasable bald eagle cared for by the American Eagle Foundation, has been making educational appearances throughout the country since 1993. The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) is a not-for-profit organization of concerned citizens and professionals founded in 1985 to develop and conduct bald eagle and environmental recovery programs in the United States and to assist private, state and federal projects that do the same. The bald eagle is a long-recognized symbol of unity, freedom and patriotism, and a living example of successful wildlife conservation. This species-nearly lost to us forever-was restored through a cooperative effort among the federal and state government, and continues to flourish. The report from IAFWA calls for a national wildlife conservation commitment reminiscent of the 1937 Wildlife Restoration Act. ### You are subscribed to Audubon-News. To unsubscribe, send email to audubon-news-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, http://www.freelists.org/list/audubon-news.