Are you itching to get outside? Do you want to get your kids unglued from the TV and video games? Come to the Curing Cabin Fever IV Geocaching Event (GC44V4J) on April 6th at Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center located at 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson, IL. Some folks are versed in Geocaching while others don’t even know how to pronounce it. For those not familiar, it’s pronounced (JEE-oh-CASh-ing). It is a high-tech treasure hunt using a hand-held Global Positioning System receiver (GPSr) to find a treasure or cache. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and "treasure," usually toys or trinkets of little monetary value. This free event is geared towards beginners, however all levels are welcome. Call the Refuge office at 815-273-2732 ext. 116 to register. You don’t need to own a GPSr, you can borrow one of ours for the day. If you do bring your own, please be sure to have your cable to connect to the computer for downloading cache locations. Come and be prepared to cure your Cabin Fever.We also need experienced geocachers to volunteer and help us with the field practice. If you would like to volunteer either call or let us know when you log in. Event Schedule11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Meet and Greet – Bring your lunch or enjoy some sloppy joes from our Friends Group, Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Introduction to Geocaching Class. Topics that we will discuss during the class: Types of geocaches, geocaching containers, finding a geocache, geocoins and travel bugs.1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Let’s find some Geocaches!
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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.