It’s Eagle Watching Time

Bald Eagles have arrived in record number at Lock and Dam 13, just north of Fulton, Illinois. Over 1,100 eagles were counted in mid-December. Early snow fall and freezing temperatures in the North have pushed the eagles earlier this year, which allows excellent viewing opportunities. Many of these eagles will continue to travel south following the Mississippi River. Grab your camera and binoculars and head out to your favorite spot or better yet, signup for an eagle tour.

Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge (SUMRR) will be hosting several bald eagle viewing trips on each Saturday starting on January 11 through January. February trips will be on: Friday the 7th. We will leave the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center promptly at 9:00 a.m. and travel to various locations along the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge returning by noon. February 16th trip starting at 2:00 p.m. and returning by 5:00 p.m. There is no fee, but seating is limited so reserve your space today. You may register by sending an email to or call the center at 815-273-2732. The Center is located at 7071 Riverview Rd, Thomson, Illinois 61285. More information on additional tours and webcam viewing can be seen at

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is the most visited refuge in the United States. The refuge extends 261 miles along the Upper Mississippi River from Wabasha, MN. to Princeton, IA. protecting and preserving habitat for migratory birds, fish, and a variety of other wildlife.