Monthly Archives: October 2014

Bald Eagle Photo Contest

Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge will be sponsoring a Bald Eagle Photo Contest for the 2015 Clinton Bald Eagle Watch.  Whether you are a youth, have a point and shoot, cell phone or a DSLR camera, there is a division for you. Prizes have been donated by the Camera Corner and the Stewards.  All photos must be taken along the Mississippi River Flyway.  Photos must be submitted digitally and must be the original work of the person submitting; therefore no computer composites will be accepted.  We will be accepting photos from November 1 – 25. People’s Choice will be voted on at the Clinton Bald Eagle Watch, January 10, 2015. For more detailed information go to the Photo Contest tab. Contact Pam Steinhaus at 815-273-2732 for more information.

Bald Eagles by Michael Fitzgerald 1

Owl Prowl with Bob Walton

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 Sunday, November 9 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. We will meet at Thomson Causeway Amphitheatre for a short “pre-owlin” program and then head into the darkness for a little prowling. Bob will converse with the owls, with a chance of drawing them closer for a good view.

The Thomson Causeway is located on the west side of Thomson, IL.  Once you reach Thomson, go west on Main Street and south onto Lewis Ave. Travel this road until you reach the campground and take the first right.  The amphitheater is located near the shower house. GPS address is 41 56.952 N  90 07.014 W.

For more information or to register for the program, contact the refuge office at 815-273-2732. Registration is suggested but not required.  Listen to WCCI, 100.3 FM for any cancellations. You can also register by sending an email to  Be sure to check out for upcoming events.

Jr. Stewards Help the Monarch Butterflies

On Saturday, October 5th 2014, the Jr. Stewards and families braved the cold and windy day to harvest Common Milkweed, Whorled Milkweed, and Butterfly Weed seed pods. Their goal was to collect the seed and then disperse it in other areas of the prairie to make additional suitable habitat for hosting the Monarch Butterfly. Hopefully, next Summer, we will have additional plants to aid the Monarch Butterfly when they pass through our area.