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June 2017

Bird Walk at Ingersoll Wetlands
April 8th & 2nd Saturday of each month

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Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge are holding a bird walk on April 8th from 9am-11am.

The walks take place the 2nd Saturday of each month April – October. Participants will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Ingersoll Wetland Learning Center located on Riverview Rd between Thomson & Savanna. Registration is required so call the Refuge office at 815-273-2732 to make your reservation and for more information them on Facebook.


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Mount Carroll’s Farmer’s Market
PO Box 94
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-2255

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Saturday Mornings

May – October 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fresh produce, baked goods, plants, hand-made crafts etc.


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240 West Claremont Street
Lanark, Illinois 61046
815-541-0557

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Tuesday Afternoons

Starts June 7th – October 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Fresh produce, demos, classes, music, food, arts and crafts, kids events and more family fun.


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Mount Carroll Cruise Night
PO Box 94
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-2255

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June 17, 2017 4:00pm – 9:00pm

Now in our tenth year! Come to historic downtown Mount Carroll for a blast from the past. No classes or judging, just food, music, and lots of classic cars.


Lanark’s Old Settler’s Days
200 West Claremont Street
Lanark, Illinois 61046
815-297-5088

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Friday, June 23rd, Saturday June 24th, and Sunday June 25th

Lanark’s Annual Celebration! There is entertainment for everyone! Come enjoy the family fun!


More Coming Soon

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New Lodging in Carroll County “Grandpa’s Cabin”!

Grandpa's Cabin Savanna Illinois

Grandpa’s Cabin Savanna Illinois

Carroll County Illinois Tourism is very proud to present our newest lodging facility! “Grandpa’s Cabin” as it has been named by owner Bill Delp is the ultimate lodging for those who want to step back in time to the 1800’s.

Come and spend the night in peaceful seclusion at “Grandpa’s Cabin”. It is located at 10423 Zion Road, north of Savanna, Illinois.

Tranquil & Unique Lodging in a Restored 1837 Log Cabin!

Situated in the rolling hills north of Savanna “Grandpa’s Cabin is just minutes from the Mississippi River.

Enter and you will step back in time to the 1830’s. Grandpa’s Cabin was built in 1837 and was the home to many families and many generations! it was originally located a few miles from Bill’s property and he moved it to it’s current location at Bill Delp Photography Studio.

Experience the ambiance of this historic & humble structure – a true work of art. Enjoy the secluded location among rolling wooded hills, hay fields, wild flowers and grasses. Savor the quiet…the wildlife…the song birds. Stroll the trails and enjoy the sunsets in total calm away from your busy hectic lives!

 

* Free WiFi

* Coffee

* Tea

* Mini Fridge

* Microwave

* Fireplace

* Music

* Accomodates up to 4 Adults

* 40 Minutes from Historic Galena, IL and Dubuque area

* No TV

For reservations and more information phone: 815-273-2803

10423 Zion Road Savanna, IL 61074

Grandpa's Cabin Savanna Illinois

Grandpa’s Cabin Savanna Illinois

Located just minutes away from beautiful Mississippi Palisades State Park.

Grandpa's Cabin Savanna Illinois

 

Seven Eagles Resort and Campground

Seven Eagles Resort and Campground

Seven Eagles Resort and Campground

Seven Eagles Resort & Campground is located just one mile south of beautiful Savanna, Illinois, adjacent to the Spring Lake Unit of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and The Great River Trail bike path. Seven Eagles offers a motel and log cabins and 85 seasonal and weekend RV spaces. Other features include a nice in-ground pool, a 6 in 1 court, a playground and fishing pond and the 67 mile bike path. They also have a nice club house for events and activities. If you’re looking to get away or a family gathering, Seven Eagles Resort and Campground is just the place for you.

Email us at: fun@goseveneagles.com

Phone: 815-273-7301

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Seven Eagles Resort and Campground

Seven Eagles Resort and Campground

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Owners Mick and Ruth Morfey

Migratory Bird Day

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Stewards of Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
7071 Riverview Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-273-2732

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Bird Watching

Bird watching and wildlife viewing are popular recreational activities in Illinois and Carroll County is no exception! Extensive opportunities to do just that can be found here. A leisurely stroll through our many wildlife reserve areas or a guided tour is an excellent way to experience, enjoy, and explore our precious nature areas.

Carroll County hosts more than 190 species of birds. This region is known to be a perfect breeding area for nearly 100 species, including the bald eagle, double-crested cormorant, American white pelican, great blue heron, cattle egret, great egret, and ring-billed gull.

Although birding is a year-round event, the fall and winter are especially exciting. In the fall, the air and water are filled with dozens of varieties of migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, and warblers.

Up to 2,500 bald eagles winter along the Mississippi River near the locks and dams. Turbulence created below the dams provides open water and a smorgasbord of stunned fish for eagles to feast upon. In addition, the wooded bluffs that overlook the Mississippi River are excellent habitat for roosting eagles, and increasingly for nesting.

Bald eagle watches occur throughout January and February along the Mississippi River, but eagles can be seen in large numbers from mid-December through mid-March in any area of open water. It all depends on the winter’s weather conditions. As warm weather arrives, most bald eagles will begin their journey back north to prepare for the nesting season. However, there are an increasing number of bald eagles that reside in the area year-round.

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

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Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center – Savanna District

Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center
7071 Riverview Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-273-2732

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Within the boundaries of Carroll County lies one of America’s greatest treasures, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The Refuge encompasses four states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. Carroll County is very fortunate to have the Illinois District Office within our boundaries. Just five minutes south of Savanna on Riverview Road west of Highway 84, the Illinois District Office is located within Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center.

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Our Story

In 2000, Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center opened its doors to promote environmental education and conservation of the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Visitors travel from all over the world to view the Mississippi River and its wildlife. This provides us with many great opportunities to share our story and to encourage support for the Refuge System.

Conveniently located within the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, the facility is packed with interesting hands-on exhibits and provides a dramatic view of the world’s most majestic and celebrated river.

The Center sits on thirty-five acres of sand prairie that is home to the ornate box turtle, prickly pear cactus, and a diversity of other plants and animals. Visitors can walk or bike the Grand Illinois Trail, which traverses through the prairie and along Spring Lake. Photographers find many opportunities to get that special picture of a bald eagle, sandhill crane, trumpeter swan, or the prickly pear cactus. No matter what your interest, there’s something for you to see and do.

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The Center is dedicated to the memory of Gary and David Ingersoll, young residents of Savanna who were stricken with muscular dystrophy. Although confined to wheelchairs most of their young lives, the two overcame day-to-day challenges and attended college, where they demonstrated their mutual interest in natural resource conservation. Tragically, both young men died of the disease before the age of twenty-two. The center was named in their honor. Toaday, it continues to promote their ideals of environmental education and conservation of the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

Hours are 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. The Center is closed on all federal holidays. Starting in mid May through September, the Center is open on Saturdays from 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

The Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge “Friend’s Group” operates a bookstore within Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center. It’s filled with an excellent selection of children’s books, field guides, and unique gifts. If you know one of those “hard to buy for” nature enthusiasts, you’ll find that perfect gift here. All proceeds support various refuge programs.

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Story

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, established for fish, wildlife, plants, and as a breeding place for migratory birds, owes its existence to the avid fisherman, founder and leader of the Izaak Walton League, Will Dilg. By 1922, Dilg had spent nearly two decades fishing and enjoying the Upper Mississippi River. In the summer of 1923, he learned of a plan to drain a large portion of the river backwaters and came up with an ambitious solution to the drainage scheme: turn the entire stretch of river into a federal refuge.

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Will Dilg

Remarkably, one year later, due to Dilg’s determination, Congress passed the Upper Mississippi River Wild Life and Fish Refuge Act on June 7, 1924. The act authorized the acquisition of land for a refuge between Rock Island, Illinois and Wabasha, Minnesota. The Refuge name was changed administratively to the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in 1983. The 261 mile refuge is the longest contiguous river refuge in the continental U.S. This refuge begins at the confluence of the Chippewa River near Wabasha, Minnesota, and ends near Princeton, Iowa. The refuge lies within four states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois.

The river was free-flowing until a series of locks and dams were constructed in the 1930’s by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Over half of the lands managed by the refuge are owned by the Corps. Today, nearly 240,000 acres of wooded islands, marshes, and backwaters comprise the Upper Mississippi Refuge. The refuge provides migratory habitat for a large percentage of the migratory birds in the Mississippi Flyway. Tundra swans and canvasback ducks use the refuge as a resting and feeding area in the spring and fall. From the beginning, the refuge has been a place for visitors to renew themselves. A quiet trip to the backwaters, camping on an island, fishing a favorite spot, and waterfowl hunting are traditional uses that have continued for over eighty years.

The National Wildlife Refuge System

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Paul Kroegel was hired as the first national wildlife refuge manager. He was paid $1 a month by the Florida Audubon Society, as Congress had not set aside funds for this executively created refuge.

One hundred and eleven years ago, Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge on Florida’s Pelican Island, ensuring the island’s birds would survive plume hunters and other profiteers. He went on to establish more than fifty wildlife refuges in a network of protected lands and waters that has become a landmark international conservation model.

The National Wildlife Refuge System presently encompasses 562 refuge units, 38 wetland management districts, and more than 150 million protected acres. It stretches from Alaska to the Caribbean and west from Maine to islands in the remote Pacific Ocean.

This network is dedicated to the protection of vital wildlife habitat and efforts to restore at-risk species. Examples include the return of the bald eagle and the brown pelican, both of which are no longer on the Endangered Species List, as well as our work with other iconic wildlife such as caribou, bison, elk and puffins. Refuges offer the American public a chance to see all these animals, not behind bars in a zoo, but roaming free in their natural environment.

national-wildlife-refuge-system-mapRefuges help our communities by cleaning the air and the water we depend on for human health. By conserving and restoring these natural landscapes, they also help to prevent or minimize disasters such as flooding, drought and wildfires.

Forty-seven million people visit refuges each year. Some come to see and experience undeveloped landscapes or to learn about nature and conservation. Others come to take part in the many available outdoor recreational opportunities.

In the process, refuges stimulate local economies, supporting thousands of private sector jobs, and generate billions of dollars in commercial activity. Our recent Banking on Nature report reveals refuges pump $2.4 billion into the economy and support more than 35,000 jobs.

Our national wildlife refuges are home to more than 700 types of birds, 220 varieties of mammals, 250 kinds of reptiles and amphibians, 1,000 species of fish, countless invertebrates, and plants. They provide havens for 280 endangered species ranging from the Florida panther to the polar bear.

Bald Eagle Viewing Tours Ending Soon

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With the beginning of Spring only six days away, Bald Eagle viewing in huge numbers will be ending soon as the migrating Bald Eagles will be returning to their northern homelands. This Saturday, March 15th is one of the Stewards last scheduled tours for viewing Bald Eagles.

We will be visiting Lost Mound Unit, Saturday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in hopes of viewing these magnificent birds as they make their way northward along the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Limited spaces are still available for this van tour. We will meet at Lost Mound Unit Office at 1:45 for our trek into the closed area of the Old Savanna Army Depot.

Pre-registration is required and you may sign up by calling Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center 815-273-2732 by 3:00 pm Friday, March 14th, or emailing stewardsumrr@gmail.com The tour is free and open to the public. Tours are sponsored by Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For a complete listing of tours and events please visit our website stewardsumrr.org.

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Spring is Coming

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Believe it or not, Spring is coming! Only six more days until the official start of Spring! What better way to celebrate the start of this new season than to start planning a trip to the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center 7071 Riverview Road Thomson, Illinois 61285. Golf Cart Tours of the Refuge will resume on Thursday, May 1st 2014 and run through September. The tours run the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month and the 3rd Saturday. Special tours for groups may also be scheduled by calling 815-273-2732 ext 116 or emailing stewardsumrr@gmail.com. Please check our website at stewardsumrr.org for a complete list of golf cart tour dates. golfcarttour

Bald Eagle Van Tours

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Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge are pleased to announce Bald Eagle Viewing Van Tours during February and March. We will be traveling to locations where we have the ability to see the most eagles. So, destinations may change from week to week. Tours will be cancelled in case of inclement weather. Tours leave from Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center at 7071 Riverview Road and take approximately 3 hours. Space is limited to 14 people and pre-registration is required. To reserve your spot, please call the Ingersoll Center at 
815-273-2732. For more information, visit www.stewardsumrr.org.

Tour Schedule:
 February 07 - Friday – 9:00 AM
 February 16 - Sunday – 2:00 PM
 February 21 - Friday – 9:00 AM
    March 02 - Sunday – 2:00 PM
    March 09 - Sunday – 2:00 PM

It’s Eagle Watching Time

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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 stewardsumrr@gmail.com 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 stewardsumrr.org.

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.