Volunteers Needed for Nest Survey

Winona District Staff needs your help to complete a nest survey of the Mertes Slough Heron Rookery! This time of year is perfect for counting nests from the previous breeding season; ice makes for easy access, no foliage makes for easy viewing, and we will not be disturbing any birds! The rookery is just north of Mertes Slough Landing and we will be walking across the ice to access it. We have over 500 nest trees to check and will split into a few groups.

Volunteers should plan to walk 1.5-3+ miles round trip. We will have snowshoes available to use if the snow is deep, and binoculars to borrow. This survey will occur on Friday January 22 starting at 8am, with a snow date of Friday January 29. Please RSVP to Jennifer Froehly at jennifer_froehly@fws.gov or 507-494-6234 by Tuesday January 22 if you would like to help out. Further details will be emailed to participants. Please note that masks will be required to be worn at all times during this event.

Summer Jobs on the Refuge

Seasonal Biological Science Technician position This job description and pay level are typically filled by an employee who has a four-year degree in wildlife or other natural resources field. Note that these positions close on Thursday, December 17. The positions we typically advertise for students who are still in college will be coming out at… Continue Reading

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Recognizes Volunteers

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge (Refuge) Winona offices recently recognized Beverly Spande of Winona, MN as the 2020 Volunteer of the Year. Bev has contributed hundreds of hours since she started volunteering for the Refuge in 1996. She is a mainstay of the annual Youth Ice Fishing event and fishing and… Continue Reading

Aghaming Park Management Plan Available for Public Review

The City of Winona, Minnesota (City) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) entered into a 25 year Lease Agreement to manage the lands and waters of Aghaming Park in March 2018. Under this agreement, the City maintains ownership of 1,139 acres of lands donated to… Continue Reading

Swan Watching on the Upper Mississippi River

The swans are in! The text messages buzz and excited voices relay the information. Friday night, October 23 was a good night for flying if you were a tundra swan. Freezing temperatures turned water to ice at all points north signaling to migrating waterfowl that it was time to move on. Reports from Winona and… Continue Reading

Friends of the Refuge Headwaters October Meeting

The next Friends of the Refuge Headwaters (FORH) meeting will be held at the Hiawatha Valley Marine Shelter located at 527 West Lake Street in Winona beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 22. Hopefully it won’t be too cold! Topics will include how to hold future meetings, winter events (kids ice fishing), results of… Continue Reading

Mississippi River Books for Kids

If you are looking for ways inspire children to love and appreciate the Mississippi River, check out this list of books compiled by Our Mississippi Magazine. The Mighty Mississippi by Marion Dane Bauer. Learn about the river and its role in U.S. history in this level 1 ready-to-read book. (Ages 4-6)   Houseboat Girl by… Continue Reading

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