Category Archives: Friends Event

Refuge Updates – May 2022

The fishing platform replacement project has begun at the Halfmoon Landing! This means the landing is closed until construction is complete, hopefully just a couple of weeks and it will open back up.

The LaCrosse District is offering spring bird walks at Goose Island (south of LaCrosse) lead by a Refuge Ranger and Minnesota Audubon forest ecologist through the floodplain forest to look and listen for colorful warblers and other spring songbirds! The walk will be about one mile during this free, informal program open to birders of all experience levels. There will be binoculars available please let Katie know if you’d like to reserve a pair. Registration is required and participation is limited. Please call Ranger Katie at 608-779-2391 to sign up.
Where:  Shady Maple Interpretive Trail located within Goose Island County Park, W6488 County Rd GI, Stoddard, WI
When:  Tuesday, May 10, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  OR Thursday, May 12, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The program will take place rain or shine but will be cancelled if there’s a high probability of thunderstorms.

THANK YOU to everyone who was able to participate in the April 23 River Cleanup on Pool 6! Due to the predicted weather we switched to a walking cleanup of the Aghaming Unit. Twenty-six volunteers participated in the cleanup sponsored by Living Lands and Waters, Friends of the Refuge Headwaters and the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The volunteers and five Refuge staff scoured 100 acres of the Aghaming Unit near Winona, MN to pick-up litter. The team pulled 34 bags of trash, seven five-gallon buckets of broken glass, four plastic barrels, three tires, and large blocks of styrofoam from the floodplain forest. (Photos below).

And on Wednesday, April 27, sixteen volunteers from WinCraft (owned by Fanatics) participated in the first Global Impact Day by Fanatics by picking up litter from the Prairie Island Dike. The crew spent four hours and collected two pickup loads of trash from the three-mile stretch.  The team collected 30 bags of trash, an old car seat, eight tires, rolls of carpet, many empty bottles of Atomic Fireball vodka, entertainment center, and other assorted trash. (Photo below).

Volunteers Needed – Project COMPASS

We are scheduled to host the clients from Project COMPASS for fishing and a picnic on Wednesday, June 1 from 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. The event will be held at the Hiawatha Valley Marine shelter, 527 West Lake Park Drive in Winona (next to the boat ramp on West Lake Winona). We haven’t held this… Continue Reading

Friends April Meeting and Other News

Refuge Friends and Volunteers, the next Friends meeting will be held on Thursday, April 28 beginning at 4:15 p.m. at the Refuge office (102 Walnut Street, Suite 205) and there will also be a call-in option. Email Mary Stefanski (mary_stefanski@fws.gov) if you would like the link to attend virtually. Click here for the meeting agenda. April… Continue Reading

March Friends Meeting

Refuge Friends and Volunteers, the next meeting of the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters will be this Thursday, March 24th beginning at 4:15 p.m. at the Refuge Office (102 Walnut Street, Suite 205). If you would like to attend but are not comfortable meeting in person, a virtual option will be available. Please email Mary… Continue Reading

Refuge Updates

Here are a few time-sensitive items to share with our friends and volunteers: If you’ve been waiting to purchase an America the Beautiful Park Pass they have finally arrived! Annual passes are $80; senior annual passes (persons 62 and older) are $20; senior life-time are $80; and disabled persons access passes are free. You can… Continue Reading

February Friends Meeting

Refuge Friends and Volunteers, the next meeting of the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters will be held at the Refuge Office (102 Walnut Street, Suite 205) beginning at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 24th. Masks will be required. If you would like to attend but are not comfortable meeting in person, a virtual option will… Continue Reading

Friends Treasurer

We would like to welcome new Friends Treasurer Margaret (Megs) Hurkman. We want to take this opportunity to thank outgoing Treasurer Bev Spande for her years of service to the Refuge and Friends. Bev has held the President, Vice President and Treasurer positions in her 15+ years of membership/volunteerism with the Refuge. While Bev will… Continue Reading

Flowering Rush Grant Proposal

At the last Friends meeting it was approved for the Friends to apply for a MN Department of Natural Resources competitive grant to combat the invasive species flowering rush. Click here to learn more about flowering rush on the Winona District by looking at the program provided by Refuge Biologist Jennie Froehly. You can learn… Continue Reading

Ice Fishing for Kids

The annual Kid’s Ice Fishing Event co-sponsored by the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) and Friends of the Refuge Headwaters is scheduled for Saturday, February 19, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the McNally Boat Landing on Prairie Island Drive, Winona, MN. Children ages 6 through 13 and their families… Continue Reading

Friends January Meeting

Refuge Friends and Volunteers, the next meeting of the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters will be held at the Refuge Office (102 Walnut Street, Suite 205) beginning at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, January 27th. Masks will be required. If you would like to attend but are not comfortable meeting in person, a virtual option will… Continue Reading

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