Welcome from the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters

Tree Planting Assistance Needed – Saturday, 11/10/18

Friends and Volunteers, Through a partnership with Audubon, Forester Andy Beebe will be planting bare root trees (little trees) and tree seeds near the Weaver Landing on Saturday, Nov 10 starting at 9:00 a.m.. A few students from Winona State University are assisting but more hands will make it go much quicker. If you are…

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Honors Volunteers

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge (Refuge) Winona offices recently honored volunteers and their guests at a volunteer recognition event.  During 2018, over 100 volunteers contributed more than 1,200 hours of service representing nearly $28,000. Volunteer activities included assisting with the Refuge booth at community functions, biological surveys, youth fishing days, river…

Trapping Permits Available

Availability of Trapping Permits for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Refuge special use permits and trap tags for the 2018-2019 furbearer trapping season on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) will be issued beginning October 9, 2018 at…

Annual Swan Watch Bus Tour

The Friends of the Refuge Headwaters will again offer a bus tour to view the fall migration and changing colors of the Upper Mississippi River from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2018. Participants will have the opportunity to view migrating tundra swans and other waterfowl up-close on the Upper Mississippi River National…

Project Compass – Fishing Event

Friends and Volunteers, we only have one fishing event with Project Compass this fall and it will occur this Thursday, September 13 from 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. at the Huff Street fishing dock. This is always a great time, even if the fish aren’t biting. If you are available to help with baiting hooks, taking…

Volunteer Opportunity with Michelle Turton – 8-30

Wildlife Biologist Michelle Turton is looking for volunteers to come out this Thursday, August 30th to assist in a non-lethal rusty-patched bumble bee survey at Wabasha Prairie. This will be the last bumble bee survey of the year. Meet time is at 8:00am at the Winona District office and we will return to the office by 1:00pm.  Volunteer responsibilities will…

Volunteer Opportunity with Michelle Turton – 8-23

Wildlife Biologist Michelle Turton is looking for volunteers to come out this Thursday, August 23rd to assist in a non-lethal rusty-patched bumble bee survey at Wabasha Prairie. Meet time is at 8:00am at the Winona District office and we will return to the office by 2:00pm.  Volunteer responsibilities will include netting and transferring bumble bees to…

Paddle the Backwaters with Ranger Ed

You are invited to join Refuge Ranger Ed on a paddle through the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge near Winona, MN. Join fellow paddlers as they travel around the City of Winona’s Aghaming Park on Friday, August 24, 2018 beginning at 5:30 p.m. and returning by 8:00 p.m. The…

Paddle the Chippewa River with Ranger Ed

You are invited to join Refuge Ranger Ed Lagace for a free paddle on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The trip will begin on the Chippewa River and return through the Nelson-Trevino Bottoms of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge). Because of river current, this trip is…

Volunteer Opportunity from Michelle Turton

Wildlife Biologist Michelle Turton is looking for volunteers to come out this Friday, July 13th to assist in a non-lethal rusty-patched bumble bee survey at Wabasha Prairie. Meet time is at 8:00am at the Winona District office and we will return to the office by 2:00pm. Volunteer responsibilities will include netting and transferring bumblebee to containers,…

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