Welcome from the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters

Fall on the Refuge Photo Contest – Deadline Reminder

Just a quick reminder that the deadline to submit photo entries for the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters fall photo contest is next week! Here are a few details: Photos in the following categories will be accepted until December 4, 2020: Scenic Views of the Refuge, Wildlife and Plants of the Refuge, and Connecting People…

News Story about the Tundra Swan

Although we aren’t able to offer the Swan Watch this year, we hope that you are out and about enjoying the annual visit of the Tundra Swan. News8000.com ran a nice story that we wanted to share with you: www.news8000.com/flight-of-the-tundra-swan/

Aghaming Park Management Plan Available for Public Review

The City of Winona, Minnesota (City) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) entered into a 25 year Lease Agreement to manage the lands and waters of Aghaming Park in March 2018. Under this agreement, the City maintains ownership of 1,139 acres of lands donated to…

Swan Watching on the Upper Mississippi River

The swans are in! The text messages buzz and excited voices relay the information. Friday night, October 23 was a good night for flying if you were a tundra swan. Freezing temperatures turned water to ice at all points north signaling to migrating waterfowl that it was time to move on. Reports from Winona and…

Friends of the Refuge Headwaters October Meeting

The next Friends of the Refuge Headwaters (FORH) meeting will be held at the Hiawatha Valley Marine Shelter located at 527 West Lake Street in Winona beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 22. Hopefully it won’t be too cold! Topics will include how to hold future meetings, winter events (kids ice fishing), results of…

Mississippi River Books for Kids

If you are looking for ways inspire children to love and appreciate the Mississippi River, check out this list of books compiled by Our Mississippi Magazine. The Mighty Mississippi by Marion Dane Bauer. Learn about the river and its role in U.S. history in this level 1 ready-to-read book. (Ages 4-6)   Houseboat Girl by…

Friends of the Refuge Headwaters September Meeting

The next Friends of the Refuge Headwaters (FORH) meeting will be held at the Hiawatha Valley Marine Shelter located at 527 West Lake Street in Winona beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 24. Topics will include installation of a bike rack at the Aghaming Park kiosk area, the purchase of trees for a reforestation…

Availability of Trapping Permits for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) announced that Refuge special use permits and trap tags for the 2020-2021 furbearer trapping season will be issued by mail. Trappers who received trap tags and returned their fur catch report for the 2019-2020 season will receive instructions for obtaining their permit and tags at…

Fall on the Refuge Photo Contest – Call for Entries

The Friends of the Refuge Headwaters are encouraging all amateur photographers to get outside this fall and capture the beauty of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) for a Fall Photo Contest. Photos in the following categories will be accepted until December 4, 2020: Scenic Views of the Refuge, Wildlife and…

Friends of the Refuge Headwaters August Meeting

The next Friends of the Refuge Headwaters (FORH) meeting will be held at the Hiawatha Valley Marine Shelter located at 527 West Lake Street in Winona beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 27. Topics will include the upcoming advertisement for a fall photo contest, fall activities, and acting President John Lyons promises to show-and-tell…

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