SAVANNA, Ill. — Join the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge as it celebrates its 90th birthday along with Migratory Bird Day. All activities will be at Lost Mound (formerly the Savanna Army Depot) located at 3159 Crim Drive, Savanna Ill.
Seating is limited and registration is required for the wagon tour and afternoon birding tour.
• 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wagon Tour of Lost Mound. Participants will gather at the parking lot of the Lost Mound Office and board the wagon. You will travel through portions of Lost Mound Unit (formerly the Savanna Army Depot) and learn about the historical aspects of the area along with current activities. Registration is required due to limited space.
• 9:45 a.m. Bracelets for Birds—Refuge Ranger Cindy Samples. Experience songbirds up close. Learn about their movements and behaviors. Watch as a certified bander safely captures birds, processes valuable data and places a numbered band on them. Depending on the number of birds caught, be prepared to handle and release one back to the wild.
• 11 a.m. “Head Start” — Ornate Box Turtle Reintroduction Program —Jeramie Strickland, USFWS Wildlife Biologist. Lost Mound Sand Prairie historically supported a robust population of Ornate Box Turtles before decades of military activity eliminated all but a few individuals. Come and learn about the “Head Start” program to increase the population here. We will do some radio tracking and examine health conditions following this harsh winter.
• 2 to 6 p.m. Birding at Lost Mound. Join us for an afternoon of birding in Lost Mound (formerly Savanna Army Depot). Participants are to meet at the Lost Mound Office parking area at 1:45 p.m. and will return around 6 p.m. There is no fee, but seating is limited.
For more information or to register for the tours, call (815) 273-2732. Space is limited so register early.
Be sure to bring your binoculars and camera so you don’t miss those “Kodak” moments.
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, Minn. to Princeton, protecting and preserving habitat for migratory birds, fish and a variety of other wildlife. This 240,000-acre refuge was established in 1924.