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New Observation Dock Installed at Trempealeau Refuge

Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge has a new dock located at the Kieps Island boat launch, which was donated by the Trempealeau Refuge Friends group. Funds were generously donated to the group by the Bob Clark Family in memory of Judith Ann Clark. The dock was built as a wonderful place for visitors to observe migratory…

Trempealeau Refuge to Celebrate Annual Birding Festival

The Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge invites everyone to participate in this year’s celebration of World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD). The theme for this year’s installment of the annual celebration is “sing, fly, soar!” On May 8th, there will be six total group hikes guided by experienced birding volunteers. There won’t be any other event offerings…

Virtual Fun and Educational Opportunities

The first link is to a YouTube video to celebrate the 118th Anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System. President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge on March 14, 1903, at Pelican Island, Florida, to protect brown pelicans there from slaughter by market hunters. Today’s Refuge System includes more than 560 national wildlife refuges,…

Winners Announced in Friends of the Refuge Headwaters 2020 Fall Photo Contest

Winners in four categories were chosen by judges in the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters’ (FORH) Fall on our Refuge Photo Contest. There were 46 entries in the contest with the top three places in each category receiving cash prizes.  Submitted photos were taken on Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge or Trempealeau…

Career Pathway Program Seeking Applicants

Applications are being accepted until May 28 for the Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers (IDEC) program, a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Board of Water and Soil Resources. The successful applicants will form the third cohort for this…

Virtual Aldo Leopold Celebration – March 5

Celebrate Aldo Leopold Day with author and naturalist J. Drew Lanham as he presents “Coloring the Conservation Conversation” as part of the Viterbo University D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership’s Spring Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Friday, March 5 on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/viterboethics. Lanham is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a…

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…

Summer Biological Science Technician – Student Trainee

College students who are looking for a summer Biological Science Technician position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are invited to apply now through January 8th. Full details: www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/588437200#

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…

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…

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