Refuge Photo Contest Ending Soon 

The Friends of the Refuge Headwaters are reminding all amateur photographers that the deadline for accepting entries for the current photo contest is December 3, 2021. Photos that capture the summer and fall beauty of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) are part of the current contest.  

Photos in the following categories will be accepted; Scenic Views of the Refuge, Wildlife and Plants of the Refuge, and Connecting People with Nature on the Refuge. There is a fourth category, Young Nature Photographers, for youth ages 16 and under. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in each category. 

Click here for complete rules or call Leslie Watson at 507-494-6220.

  • Before the Storm by Cathy Richardson
    2020 Scenic views 1st place

Swan Watching on the Upper Mississippi River

It’s been a slow start to the annual swan watching season on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) but they are starting to arrive! The tundra swan migration is a highlight of the fall on the Refuge offering a once-a-year spectacle for all to enjoy. At their peak, which usually occurs… Continue Reading

Swan Watch Self-Guided Tour Available

Because the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters annual swan watch bus tour will not be offered again in 2021, we have created a Swan Watch Self-Guided Tour to help you enjoy this tradition on your own. Peak migration is the second week of November. Click here to “take the tour.” Continue Reading

Tree Planting at Weaver Landing

Mary Stefanski would like to share a few photos from the tree planting at Weaver on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Thank you to everyone who was able to show up this morning and make really quick work of the nearly 70 trees and shrubs that needed to get in the ground. We couldn’t do it… Continue Reading

Friends October Meeting

Friends and Volunteers, you are invited to participate in the next regular Friends meeting which will be held at the Refuge office, 102 Walnut Street, Suite 205 beginning at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 28th. This will be the last meeting until January 2022! The focus of this meeting will be to review three slide… Continue Reading

Volunteers Needed and More Fun Stuff!

Friends and Volunteers, We are planning on receiving a shipment of 100 trees next week to plant at Halfmoon, Verchota, McNally, and Weaver Landings. We will work with the weather but hope to get them in the ground the week of October 18. These are larger trees that will come in containers so shovel/spade digging… Continue Reading

Compatibility Determination Available for Public Review

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY: Compatibility Determination, Transportation of Dredged Material, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.  A draft compatibility determination which evaluates the transportation of dredged material across lands and waters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) is available for public comment.  The compatibility determination does not evaluate the act… Continue Reading

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