Join Bob Walton and the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge as we travel into the night to listen for the hoots, wails, and shrieks of owls on Saturday, June 22. The indoor program will be held at the Lost Mound Unit Office, of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, beginning at 7:30 p.m. followed by the “Owl Prowl”. Bob will converse with the owls, with a chance of drawing them closer for a good view. There will also be a good chance to hear the whip-poor-wills calling as we travel the wildlife drive.Lost Mound Unit Office (formerly the Savanna Army Depot) is located about 8 miles north of Savanna, turn left on Army Depot Rd and follow the brown signs. The parking lot is behind the office. The GPS location is 42° 10.898'N, 90° 15.042'W.For more information contact the refuge office at 815-273-2732. Registration is suggested but not required. You can also register by sending an email to info.sumriver.org. Be sure to check out www.sumriver.org for more events that are happening this summer.
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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.