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Virtual Fun and Educational Opportunities

The first link is to a YouTube video to celebrate the 118th Anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System. President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge on March 14, 1903, at Pelican Island, Florida, to protect brown pelicans there from slaughter by market hunters. Today’s Refuge System includes more than 560 national wildlife refuges, 38 wetland management districts and 5 marine national monuments. The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge was established on June 7, 1924.

Now that you’ve danced…. we’ll move onto the learning part. 

The second link will take you to a webpage that has several Ecological History Lecture Series presentations through Winona State University. Near the bottom of the page is a button “Download Schedule” which will show all the lectures in the series. The first one is Tuesday, March 23 at 6:30. There is no registration required but “only” 500 Zoom slots for each.

Share the Joy of Fishing on the Refuge

Wednesdays & Thursdays This Summer The National Eagle Center is angling for volunteers to assist participants in our summer fishing program! Volunteer duties will include: Helping with check-in, check-out Assisting with equipment selection Monitoring dock activity Helping bait hooks & land fish Encouraging and guiding kids (many first-time fishers!) Helping inspect equipment Sharing information about… Continue Reading

Help Survey Great Blue Heron Nests

Friends and Volunteers, this is the time of year when the Refuge surveys the number of great blue heron nests and nest trees in the rookeries.┬áParticipants will walk from the Mertes’ landing, across the ice about 1/3 mile, to the heron colony and then walk around on the island. This activity involves a fair amount… Continue Reading

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