Author Archives: PamSteinhaus

Monthly Bird Walks 2nd Saturday of each Month

Monthly Bird Walks are held 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.

This is a great opportunity to brush up on the birding skills.   If you don’t have a pair of binoculars, that s okay, you can use some of ours. Please let us know when you register.

Registration is required. Please email us at stewardsumrr@gmail.com or call 815-273-2732.

Golf Cart Tours begin in May

Stewards 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.

 

Registration is required for all activities. Please call the refuge office at 815-273-2732 to make your reservation or email at stewardsumrr@gmail.com.

Curing Cabin Fever VI – Geocaching Event March 25

Are you itching to get outside?  Do you want to get your kids unglued from the TV and video games? The answer to these questions should be a resounding YES!  It’s been a mild winter and we need to get outside and so some exploring. Come to the Curing Cabin Fever VI Geocaching Event (GC70BNM) on March 25th. 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.  The event will be held at the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center 7071 Riverview Rd, Thomson, IL.

You can make your reservation by submitting a “log your visit”; “will attend” on Geocaching.com or call the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center at: 815-273-2732 ext. 116. Please include the TOTAL number of people that plan on attending.  This free event is geared towards beginners, however all levels are welcome.  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 Schedule:

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Introduction to Geocaching Class.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Let’s go Geocaching!

5th Annual Amazing Refuge Race – August 13

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Armed with GPS units, teams, will “race” by attempting to complete a series of challenges located on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Teams will be given a set of coordinates for a specific location which they will find using a handheld GPS unit.  Once at that location, teams must work together to complete a task. When that task is successfully completed, teams will receive the next set of coordinates for the next location. Those who finish all tasks and arrive at the finish first, win!

Sound like fun? You may bring your own GPS unit or borrow one for the day. The event will begin at the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center located at 7071 Riverview Rd, Thomson, IL 61285. Prior to the race, we will hold an introductory GPS course at 9:00 a.m. to learn how to use the unit. The race will then begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude around 1:00 pm.

Registration is required for the race! A team is comprised of a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 6. Teams will be driving and walking to get to their designations.

Registration deadline is August 11th. Call 815-273-2732 ext. 116 or email pam_steinhaus@fws.gov to register or receive more information. There is no cost to enter and is open to all ages.

Smartphone Photography classes going well

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Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is sponsoring free smartphone photography workshops for all ages that are new to the smartphone technology. Workshops will be held at the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center on  July 13, 23; August 27 and September 24, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Participants will learn basic photography principles, useful camera accessories and photo-editing apps to create unique and amazing photographs. Pick a date and join us for this fun workshop.

We are adding an additional class on Wednesday, August 24 from 9 – Noon.

Each participant will need to bring a fully charged smartphone and charger. Space is limited to 10; please contact Pam Steinhaus at 815-273-2732, ext 116 for further information and to register for the workshop.  The Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center is located at 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson, IL.

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.

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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 stewardsumrr@gmail.com. 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