Welcome from the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters

Friends of the Refuge Headwaters July Meeting

The next regular Friends of the Refuge Headwaters meeting is Thursday, July 22 beginning at 4:15 p.m. at the Refuge office, 102 Walnut Street, Suite 205, Winona. Click here to open a pdf of the agenda.    

Ramp Improvements Close Local Landings 

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Winona District will be closing the Weaver Landing on Hwy 61 at Weaver, MN and Indian Slough Landing on Hwy 25 between Wabasha, MN and Nelson, WI on an intermittent basis for approximately one month beginning July 15, 2021. The landings will be closed while Solutions 101, LLC…

No Fireworks Allowed on the “Upper Miss” Refuge

The 4th of July is just around the corner. If you are heading to the Mississippi River for a boating or camping trip, there are few things to know before you go! While most of our Refuge land and water is open for public enjoyment, offices and visitor centers will remain closed until further notice….

Final Closed Area Evaluations on Upper Miss Refuge

Approval of the Refuge’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) in 2006 resulted in the refuge’s current closed area system consisting of twenty closed areas on the river and three sanctuaries. All refuge closed areas and sanctuaries are characterized by a closure to all migratory bird hunting. In addition to being closed to all migratory bird hunting,…

Prairie Island Dike Cleanup

Friends and Volunteers, we would like to invite you to participate in a cleanup of the Prairie Island Dike in Winona from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 10. The dike will be divided into 1/2 mile sections with two people assigned to each section. Dress for the weather, wear gloves, bring a…

Spiders & Snakes & Rats – OH, MY

(A Humorous Account of over 40 Years of Nature Education) Long time volunteer at both Trempealeau NWR and Upper Miss and retired teacher Scott Lee has written a new book. Many of our friends and volunteers may know Scott. Here’s what he says about Spiders & Snakes & Rats – OH, MY. I’ve been writing…

Wetland Coffee Break Presentation Series

The Wisconsin Wetlands Association’s Wetland Coffee Break presentation series has a several great talks lined up for this spring and summer: June 11: Ears in the Driftless: BioAcoustic monitoring in a restored wetland with Mike & Marcie O’Connor June 25: Establishing a Bay of Green Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve with Emily Tyner July 9: Managing…

Friends of the Refuge Headwaters May Meeting

The next scheduled Friends meeting is Thursday, May 27 beginning at 4:15 p.m. at the Refuge office (102 Walnut Street, Suite 205). Click here for the agenda for the meeting. If you would like to attend virtually, please send an email to Friends President Wendy Schneider at wschneider1681@hotmail.com and she will link you in.  …

Bait Handling and Disposal Awareness Campaign

Here is an informational flyer about new bait disposal canisters that have been deployed by Wabasha County. There are currently three “test” canisters, one is located at the Refuge’s Halfmoon Landing near Kellogg, MN. Click on the image to open the pdf.

Thirty-Minute Activities on the “Upper Miss” Refuge

Summer weather is upon us at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Upper Miss Refuge). If you are one of the many who are looking for activities to engage in, join us in participating in one or all five of these thirty-minute activities around the refuge. These locations are all open for…

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