Winners Announced in Friends of the Refuge Headwaters 2020 Photo Contest

It took several months but we were finally able to arrange an outdoor judging to select the winners of the 2020 Winter on our Refuge Photo Contest. A big thank you to our judges, Rick Frietsche and John Weiss, both of Rochester, and Heidi Bryant of Winona, for their time and keen eye in selecting the winners. Photography on the Refuge is a great way to get outdoors, social distance, and maybe win a prize! Given the inability to offer on-site events this year, the Friends are moving forward with another photo contest that will focus on images of the refuge in fall colors. Details on that contest will be coming out shortly. 

Winners in four categories were chosen. 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: Entrance to the Refuge by Theresa Kuschel of LaCrescent, MN
2nd: Fresh Snow by Meg Hurkman of Winona, MN
3rd: Snow Dunes by Lisa Reid of Trempealeau, WI

Wildlife and Plants of the Refuge
1st: Trumpeter on a Chilly Morning by Lisa Reid of Trempealeau, WI
2nd: Immature Eagle, Fairest of Them All by Deb Newquist of LaCrosse, WI
3rd: Tundra Takeoff by Deb Newquist of LaCrosse, WI

Connecting People with Nature on the Refuge
1st: Kick Sledding by Denise Vujnovich of LaCrosse, WI
2nd: Bench by Meg Hurkman of Winona, MN
3rd: Snowshoe by Deedee Nadeau of Winona, MN

Young Nature Photographers
1st: Blinded by the Light by Lewis Shira of Winona, MN
2nd: Boy in the Treetops by Milana Shira of Winona, MN
3rd: Melting of the Mississippi by Milana Shira 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 August 5, 2020. Additional exhibitions at other locations will be announced.

  • Entrance to the Refuge by Theresa Kuschel of LaCrescent, MN

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

Mississippi River Flooding Could Hamper Boat Access

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge), Winona District is urging boaters to take precautions in the coming days regarding flooding on the Mississippi River. Boaters should be vigilant as flood waters will have significantly changed conditions at traditional access, camping, and day-use sites. Excessive current, turbid water, and submerged and floating… Continue Reading

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offices Relocate

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) offices previously located at 51 East 4th Street in Winona, MN have relocated. Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 they are located at 102 Walnut Street in Winona. The Refuge Headquarters office which oversees the 260 mile refuge from Mississippi River… 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

Whitewater Master Naturalist Course

Friends and Volunteers, please see the flyer (right – click image to open .pdf) announcing the spring Master Naturalist training program offered by the University of Minnesota Extension at Whitewater State Park. If you have questions, please contact Whitewater State Park Lead Interpretive Naturalist Sara Holger at 507-312-2308 or by email at sara.holger@state.mn.us. Continue Reading

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