Welcome from the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters

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…

Fall on the Refuge Photo Contest – Deadline Reminder

Just a quick reminder that the deadline to submit photo entries for the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters fall photo contest is next week! Here are a few details: Photos in the following categories will be accepted until December 4, 2020: Scenic Views of the Refuge, Wildlife and Plants of the Refuge, and Connecting People…

News Story about the Tundra Swan

Although we aren’t able to offer the Swan Watch this year, we hope that you are out and about enjoying the annual visit of the Tundra Swan. News8000.com ran a nice story that we wanted to share with you: www.news8000.com/flight-of-the-tundra-swan/

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…

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…

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…

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…

Friends of the Refuge Headwaters September 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, September 24. Topics will include installation of a bike rack at the Aghaming Park kiosk area, the purchase of trees for a reforestation…

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