Welcome from the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters

Leave No Trace Camping Workshop

Friends and Volunteers, you are invited to join us at the Winona History Center from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 13 for a free one-hour Leave No Trace Camping Workshop.  The workshop will provide tips and insight to camping on beaches and islands in the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge)…

Volunteers Needed for “The Great Mississippi River Cleanup”

As part of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics – Hot Spot week on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge), a river cleanup will be held on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Volunteers should meet at Beach Park which is located at the end…

Volunteer Opportunity from Refuge Biologist Michelle Turton

Wildlife Biologist Michelle Turton is looking for volunteers to come out this Thursday, June 21st to assist in a non-lethal rusty-patched bumble bee survey at Wabasha Prairie. Meet time is at 8:00am at the Winona District office and we will return to the office by 2:00pm. Volunteer responsibilities will include netting and transferring bumblebee to containers,…

Authority of the Resource/Effective Communication of Leave No Trace (ART) Training

Refuge Friends and Volunteers, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) has been selected to participate in the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics – Hot Spot Program. The Hot Spot Program is in its 7th year of raising community awareness and developing solutions and preventive measures to popular natural areas…

Paddle Event with Ranger Ed – June 30

You are invited to join Refuge Ranger Ed on a family-friendly paddle through the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge near Kellogg, MN.  Join fellow paddlers as they travel around the Weaver Bottoms on Saturday, June 30, 2018.  The trip will leave the Halfmoon Landing at 5:30 p.m. and return by 8:00…

Refuge Selected for Hot Spot Program

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) has been selected to participate in the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics – Hot Spot Program. The Hot Spot Program is in its 7th year of raising community awareness and bringing solutions and preventive measures to popular natural areas around the country facing…

Four Final Signed Compatibility Determinations

Four (4) Compatibility Determinations (CDs) addressing various economic and/or commercial uses of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been finalized. (**Note: the final CDs can be found directly using this link: https://www.fws.gov/nwrs/threecolumn.aspx?id=2147614047**) The four compatible uses include: Commercial Fishing Floats Commercially Guided Wildlife/Wildlands Observation Guided Sport…

Fishing Events with Project Compass

Friends and Volunteers, we have two fishing events scheduled with Project Compass coming up soon in Winona. The first is next Wednesday, May 23 and the second is on Wednesday, June 6, both events are from 4:30 – 6:15 p.m. For those who are not aware, Project Compass is a Winona based program for adults…

Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee Workshop

Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee Workshop Wednesday | May 30 | 8:30am-noon Upper Mississippi River NWFR La Crosse District Visitor Center Winona District Biologist Michelle Turton is offering a Rusty Patched Bumble Bee survey training on Wednesday, May 30 at the LaCrosse Visitor Center. The training is open to anyone interested in learning how to survey bumble…

Paddle the Mississippi River Backwaters

You are invited to join Refuge Ranger Ed on a paddle through the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) near Winona, MN. Join fellow paddlers on Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the McNally Landing for a two-hour adventure. This paddle is recommended for all experience levels. McNally…

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