Join the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge (SUMRR) on March 16th from 5:30 p.m. to approximately 8:00 p.m. as we search for the American Woodcock, or otherwise known as the “Timberdoodle”. Bob Walton will give a short program at the Lost Mound office at 5:30 p.m. about this amazing little bird. We will then travel to several locations on Lost Mound where we hope to see the amazing aerial display of the male as he does his “sky dance” to attract the female.Prior to the program we will be hosting a birding tour from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. of Lost Mound Unit for those that wish to do some birding prior to program. Space is limited for the birding tours, so reserve your spot today. Pre-registration for the tours is required.Registration is highly suggestions but not required for the woodcock program.For more information or to register for the program or the bird tour, contact the refuge office at 815-273-2732. You can also register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Be sure to check out www.sumriver.org or “LIKE” our Facebook page “Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge” for future events.Lost Mound Unit Office is located at 3159 Crim Dr, Savanna, IL 61074. (Formerly the Savanna Army Depot)
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A year round resident on the refuge however numbers soar during the winter. Look below locks and dams where the river is not frozen. Aerial displays and pair bonding are best viewed from January through March. In winter, over 1,000 bald eagles grab fish,ducks or coots in the open water.