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Winners Announced in Friends of the Refuge Headwaters 2020 Fall Photo Contest

Winners in four categories were chosen by judges in the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters’ (FORH) Fall on our Refuge Photo Contest. There were 46 entries in the contest with the top three places in each category receiving cash prizes. 

Submitted photos were taken on Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge or Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. Results are:

Scenic Views of the Refuge
1st: Before the Storm by Cathy Richardson of Winona, MN
2nd: Respite on the Refuge by Deedee Nadeau of Winona, MN
3rd: Days End by Susie Scharlau of Fountain City, WI

Wildlife and Plants of the Refuge
1st: Fall Splendor by Cathy Richardson of Winona, MN
2nd: The Watcher by Cathy Richardson of Winona, MN
3rd: In Good Company by Theresa Kuschel of LaCrescent, MN

Connecting People with Nature on the Refuge
1st: Paddler’s Delight by Deedee Nadeau of Winona, MN
2nd: Hikers on the Refuge by John Kenkel of Rochester, MN
3rd: A Kayaker’s Reflection by Deedee Nadeau of Winona, MN

Young Nature Photographers
1st: Tranquility by Isabelle Katwa of Winona, MN
2nd: Taking it Easy by Isabelle Katwa of Winona, MN
3rd: Camouflage by Isabelle Katwa of Winona, MN

Winning photos will be on display at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge on the second floor of 102 Walnut Street in Winona, MN beginning March 9, 2021. Additional exhibitions at other locations will be announced.

Contest judges were Rick Frietsche and John Weiss of Rochester, MN and Gayle Maule of Buffalo City, WI.

Friends of the Refuge Headwaters are a citizen-based, non-profit organization that partners with and supports the Winona District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in meeting the refuge vision and goals.

  • Before the Storm by Cathy Richardson of Winona, MN

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

March Meeting of the Friends Canceled

The regularly scheduled monthly Friends of the Refuge Headwaters meeting was scheduled for next Thursday, March 26. Given the health and wellness guidance currently in place for all of us, it has been decided that it is in everyone’s best interest to forgo this month’s meeting. We will hope for a better situation in April. … Continue Reading

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