eagle flying over fox river

Kaukauna, WI (November 7, 2017) – Friends of 1000 Islands Environmental Center has been selected as a 2017 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The organization received a $1500 Green Gift from Cellcom to support Eagle Days along the Fox River.

Eagle Days along the Fox River is an annual celebration of the bald eagles that winter along the Fox River in search of fish in the open water. The event includes opportunities to view eagles along the river and participate in crafts and hands-on educational activities. The event will be held on January 27, 2018 at 1000 Islands Environmental Center in Kaukauna (1000 Beaulieu Court).

“We will be offering a live bird of prey presentation that focuses on the perils that bald eagles and other raptors face today and how we as a community can help them survive. The highlight of the event is a live bald eagle program presented by a naturalist and eagle ambassador from the National Eagle Center. There is no other craft or activity that can get the public passionate about bald eagles and their environment than getting the opportunity to see one up close and personal,” said Debbie Nowak, naturalist at 1000 Islands Environmental Center. “Our goal for the event is to educate the public on the status of bald eagles including their history and the effects that humans have had on them. With education and awareness of species recovery it is our hope that children today will grow to make smart decisions about the environment in the future.”

The Green Gift from Cellcom will fund the programming provided by the National Eagle Center, which is located in Wabasha, Minn. Through our Eagle Days event, participants are able to learn the history of the bald eagle, the role that humans played in their history as well as how human action has helped to clean up the environment allowing our nation's symbol to once again be seen in large numbers right here in the Fox River valley. To learn more visit eagledaysalongthefox.org.

Friends of 1000 Islands Environmental Center was among 33 green organizations that received a share of the $44,000 in Green Gifts from Cellcom this year. The Green Gifts program launched in 2010 and uses funds generated from Cellcom’s cell phone recycling program to fund green nonprofit initiatives. Customers and community members can bring in their old or unwanted phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who in return send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. Cellcom’s Green Gift program completes the green cycle that starts with consumers being environmentally-conscious and donating their devices.

“Our service area is fortunate to be teeming with non-profits that are creatively using their resources to help the environment though education and activism. Donating your phone allows us to contribute to their efforts through our Green Gifts program and ultimately work toward a greener tomorrow,” said Brighid Riordan, director of public affairs and customer experience initiatives at Cellcom.

Visit Cellcom’s website for the full list of award recipients. Cellcom is proud to support organizations of all sizes, whose work is impacting the community and building a greener tomorrow. The company’s recycling program has generated $310,975 for local charities over the past 14 years.

Cellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with more than 50 retail and agent locations. Cellcom is respected for its long-standing reputation of delivering extraordinary customer care, being a strong community partner, and for its renowned network, which is customized to its rural markets. As a subsidiary of Nsight, Cellcom is part of a family of companies offering complete telecommunications services.