August Jazz Jam Supports Friends of the Refuge Headwaters

Whether you paddle, hike, fish, or love birds, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Winona’s backyard is a world-class wildlife area that also offers fantastic recreation opportunities. This month’s Jazz Jam at Island City Brewing Company on Sunday, August 21, 2022, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. will support the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters.

The Friends of the Refuge Headwaters is a volunteer organization made up of people who support the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The group hosts activities throughout the year that bring people out onto the Refuge (paddling, fishing, birdwatching), assist Refuge staff with biological surveys, and educate and advocate on behalf of the Refuge. All donations at the August Jazz Jam will be matched by H3O Jazz Trio and Island City – tripling the total for the Friends of the Refuge!

Since April 2021, H3O Jazz Trio and Island City Brewing have helped support local nonprofits with over $15,000 in total donations through the generosity of their Jazz Jam patrons! The July Jazz Jam nearly $1,000 for the Winona Farmers Market.

Everyone wishing to sing, play, or cheer on their friends is welcome join the H3O Jazz Trio at Island City Brewing Company’s monthly Jazz Jam! The brewery follows all current CDC guidelines, and all equipment will be sanitized between performers.

Interested players can choose their tunes from a wide selection. Music is available from the Hal Leonard Real Book series, bring your own music, or just name that tune!

Come early to grab a beverage, grab a picnic table on Island City’s spacious patio, and enjoy an afternoon of great jazz with H3O Jazz Trio … all while showing your support for our community!

An up-to-date schedule is always available at H3OJazz.com. The family-friendly Jazz Jam is free and open to all – young and not so young.

Amphibians and Reptiles Presentation by Allen Blake Sheldon

Friends of Trempealeau Refuge are hosting a presentation of Allen Blake Sheldon. This free program will be on Thursday, August 11th starting at 6:30pm at the Outdoor Wonders Learning Center, Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. Trempealeau resident Sheldon will be introducing his recently released book Amphibians and Reptiles of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Adults and students… Continue Reading

Friends July Meeting

The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters is Thursday, July 28. The meeting will be held at the Hiawatha Valley Marine Shelter on Lake West Winona near the boat ramp on Dacota Street. The meeting begins at 4:15pm and ends around 5:30. Click here for the agenda. Continue Reading

Refuge Updates

Friend and Volunteer Sue O’Brien led a great paddling event last week and will be offering another one on Thursday, August 4 beginning at 9:30am from the Verchota Landing on the Prairie Island Dike. Registration is required by contacting Leslie Watson. Click here for details. Ranger Katie from the LaCrosse District will be offering a… Continue Reading

Paddle the Mississippi River Backwaters – 8-4

You are invited to join the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) and Friends of the Refuge Headwaters (FORH) on a paddle through the backwaters of the Refuge near Winona, MN. Join fellow paddlers on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. at the Verchota Landing for a two-hour adventure. This paddle… Continue Reading

Paddle the Mississippi River Backwaters

You are invited to join the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) and Friends of the Refuge Headwaters (FORH) on a paddle through the backwaters of the Mississippi River near Winona, MN.  Join fellow paddlers on Thursday, July 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the McNally Landing for a two-hour adventure.  This paddle is recommended… Continue Reading

Thank You!

We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to Kwik Trip for donating 50 boxed lunches for our June 1, Project COMPASS (Community Education Adult Disability Program) fishing event and picnic that took place on Lake Winona. A thank you is also extended to all the volunteers from the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters… Continue Reading

Flowering Rush Control to Begin on Upper Mississippi River

Boaters are asked to avoid specific backwater areas of Upper Mississippi River Pools 4, 5, 7 and 8 during upcoming invasive species control efforts. Beginning the week of June 27, 2022, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) will be contracting to have the aquatic herbicide Diquat applied to approximately 1,100 acres… Continue Reading

No Fireworks Allowed on the “Upper Miss” Refuge

The 4th of July is just around the corner.  If you are heading to the Mississippi River for a boating or camping trip, just a reminder – no fireworks are allowed on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) because of their disturbance to wildlife as well as the litter they leave behind.… Continue Reading

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