Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center/Visitor Center - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge - Savanna District

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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Latitude: 42.037311 Longitude: -90.114141 Elevation: 596 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

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.

Seasons Accessible

The Ingersoll Wetlands Center/Visitor Center is open year-round.  In summer the Center is open on Saturdays.  

Accessibility Notes

The facility is accessible.  

Pet Friendly Notes

All pets must be on a 6' leash and remain outside the visitor center.

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