Come join us! The annual Waterfowl Observation Day, hosted by the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Midwest Fisheries Center, Friends of the Upper Mississippi (FUM) and Friends of the Refuge – Mississippi River Pools 7 & 8 (FOR78) will be held Saturday, November 9th at the Brownsville Overlook between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Visitors will be able to view migrating birds that have stopped to rest and feed along their journey to their wintering grounds.
Spotting scopes will be available for visitors to enjoy. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff along with members of FOR78 and FUM, will assist with bird identification and answer related questions. Please dress for cold weather!
Refreshments will be available during this event only, with all donations benefiting FUM. Members of FUM and FOR78 will have wildlife-themed items available for purchase.
The Brownsville Overlook is one of the best places along the river to view hundreds of tundra swans; diving and puddle ducks; bald eagles; and other birds. The overlook is located about three miles south of Brownsville, Minn., along Highway 26.
If you aren’t able to make the special event on November 9th, a naturalist will be available at the Brownsville Overlook on Saturdays and Sundays from November 2nd through November 17th between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., weather permitting.
For more information, contact the La Crosse District Office at (608) 779-2399 or visit the visitor center, located at N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, Wisc. Visitor center hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. In December and January, the Visitor Center will be open Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. but will be closed on Saturdays.