Annual Migratory Bird Day event set for May

Submitted photoGolf cart tours are part of the annual migratory birding event May 9.

THOMSON, Ill. — An annual event featuring migratory birds will be held in May.

The 19th annual Migratory Bird Day will be held May 9 at the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center in Thomson. 

The day will begin at 8 a.m. for a guided bird walk and a golf cart tour. All ages and skill levels are welcome to the bird walk. Participants will return by 10 a.m. 

The golf cart tour will follow the Great River Trail that goes through the refuge. Participants will learn about the history, management techniques and be able to identify various species of birds. Participants will return by 10 a.m. Space is limited to seven. Call (815) 273-2732 to pre-register. 

Programs begin at 10:15 a.m. at the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center.

The sandhill crane program at 10:15 a.m. will feature refuge ranger Pam Steinhaus. The Nachusa Grasslands presentation at 11:15 a.m. will feature Hank Hartman.

The Nachusa Grasslands is located between Oregon, Dixon and Franklin Grove, Illinois, that consists of 3,100 acres of prairie remnants, restorations and reconstructions. 

An afternoon of birding will be held at Lost Mound. Participants are to meet at 1:45 p.m. and will return around 5 p.m. There is no fee, but seating is limited. 

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