Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge are hosting Refuge Golf Cart Tours that travel through the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The tours are free and open to all ages. Trips are the 1st & 3rd Thursday and the 3rd Saturday of every month from May through October. The Golf Cart will leave promptly at 8 a.m. from the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center located at 7071 Riverview Rd, Thomson, IL and will return at 10 a.m. Participants are asked to arrive at 7:45 am. Registration is required and seating is limited to 7. If you have any questions or would like to register, please call the refuge office at 815-273-2732.Birding van tours are also being offered on the 2nd Saturday and 3rd Sunday of every month from May through August. The van will leave promptly at 1:00 pm and will return at 5:00 pm. Participants are to meet at 12:45 pm at the Lost Mound Office parking lot, which is located at 3159 Crim Rd, Savanna IL. Tours are free, but seating is limited. Contact the refuge office at 815-273-2732 to register. This is an excellent opportunity to travel through the refuge with experience birders and learn about the history of Lost Mound (formerly the Savanna Army Depot).For additional events please check out our website, www.sumriver.org or follow us on Facebook.Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge (SUMRR), is non-profit organization dedicated to: environmental education, creating quality wildlife habitat and enhancing the public’s understanding and enjoyment of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and to provide assistance to the mission and programs of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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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.