From the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center/Visitor Center in Thomson, Illinois you may view the prairie or the wetlands. Inside there are several exhibits highlighting the wildlife of the refuge. There are 3 webcams that capture live a nesting bald eagle, winter eagle migration - 100's of bald eagles can be viewed, and a small island that is home to the only nesting colony of American white pelicans. One of the largest North American birds, the American white pelicans perform a ballet in the sky during their flying. The birds soar with soar and the white-and-black wing tips appear and disappear and then reappear in the skies. Their large heads and huge, heavy bills give them a prehistoric look . Some say the chicks are quite ugly in their featherless stage. We will let you determine your own description of the chicks. The parents are quite busy feeding 150 lbs of nourishment to the chicks from birth to the time they can forasge on their own.
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- Lost Mound Unit - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge - Savanna District
- Brownsville Overlook - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
- Verchota Landing and Canoe Trail
- Sturgeon Slough Hiking Trail -Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
The Illinois Great River Trail is a breathtaking journey along 60 miles of the Mississippi River, with a stop at the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center/ Visitor Center for a cool drink. A bicycle station is available to tune up your bike.
The route is a mixture of paved rail-trail, small-town sidewalks, dedicated bike lanes on the street and a stretch of road shoulder along the Great River Road. The Great River Trail begins in Savanna, Illinois and travels south through many small river towns with traditions still steeped in the quintessential culture of the Mississippi River.
The Ingersoll Wetlands Center/Visitor Center is open year-round. In summer the Center is open on Saturdays.
The facility is accessible.
Pet Friendly Notes
All pets must be on a 6' leash and remain outside the visitor center.