Monthly Archives: April 2016

Lost Mound Birding Tour – May 14

Migration is in full swing. This is a perfect time to get a glimpse of those migrates as they travel to their perspective breeding grounds.  Join experienced birders as we travel through largest sand prairie in Illinois. You will learn about some of the history of the former Savanna Army Depot, current habitat management and get a chance to see various species of birds. The van will leave from the Lost Mound Office promptly at 4:00 pm and will return at 7:00 pm. Participants are to meet at 3:45 pm Tours are free, but seating is limited. Contact the refuge office at 815-273-2732 to register.


Come and Explore the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge via Golf Cart

golfcartourStewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge and the US Fish and Wildlife Service 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 September. 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.

Monthly Bird Walks are held year round on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9 – 11 a.m. Participants will meet at the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center at 8:45 a.m. and carpool to various locations on the refuge.

Registration is required for all activities. Please call the refuge office at 815-273-2732 to make your reservation or email at Please check the calendar of events for other activities.


New Eagle Cam Stream Ready to go.

If you haven’t been to the website lately (within the couple of days) you will see some major changes on the Webcam pages, primarily the Bald Eagle Nest Cam. Thanks to JCWiFi for completing the expanded broadband and to Wildearth to stream our camera feed to many more audiences. It all takes time and money to get this project completed. Thanks so much to all our volunteers and those that have made donations so far that made this happen. Once the weather cooperates we will be getting the Pelican camera online. Access to this camera is a little challenging due to winds and ice conditions, for it is on an island along the channel of the Mississippi River. If you are enjoying watching wildlife from your desktop, would you consider donating?   Donate Now



Feeding time April 4, 2016

Feeding time in the nest April 4, 2016