Creepy Critters
Oct
18
4:00 PM16:00

Creepy Critters

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Fifth Annual Creepy Critters Special Event

In celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week join us for our fifth annual Creepy Critters special event! Anyone who dares to learn about bats, frogs, lamprey, moths, owls, snakes, bees and more is invited to attend a FREE “Creepy Critters” trick-or-treat event on Thursday, October 18th starting at 4:00 p.m. at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Visitor Center located on Brice Prairie.

This slightly scary adventure is appropriate for children and adults of all ages. Costumes are encouraged! Event activities will be held both indoors and outdoors; please dress for cold weather. The event will be held rain or shine.

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Tantalizing Tales and Discoveries! Inside the Visitor Center, guests may enjoy “Creatures of the Night” – live programming by nature humorist David Stokes, face painting, and a “bat cave” where visitors can experience life as a mother bat seeking her babies through her sense of smell.

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Creepy Critters “Trick-or-Treating.” Fill your brain with facts as you fill your bag with trinkets! Walk around our outside 1/3 mile trail loop while learning the truth behind myths of various “creepy critters” from our region. Live owls, falcons, lamprey, frogs, and a snake will also be on hand to contribute to the educational festivities. Step into puppet show tent for an interactive, imaginative performance!

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: "The Unhuggables: Animals Nobody Loves" Join us in the multipurpose room for an exciting 60 minute live animal program presented by environmental educator, David Stokes. Seating for the program is first come, first served.

We would like to thank our sponsors and partners:

Friends of the Refuge – Mississippi River Pools 7 & 8, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Fisheries Center, the National Audubon Society, Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Mycology Club, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Geological Survey Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, Western Technical College & WisCorps, as well as the many volunteers who support this event.

For more information, contact the La Crosse District Office at (608) 779-2399 or visit the facility located at N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI. Visitor center hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The center is closed Sundays and all federal holidays. Information may also be found on the Refuge’s webpage: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/upper_mississippi_river/.

Connect with our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/UpperMissNWFR

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Learn Landscape and Wildlife Photography with Phil Addis
Sep
4
6:00 PM18:00

Learn Landscape and Wildlife Photography with Phil Addis

Refuge Event

Ever wanted to learn how the photographer gets that great photo? Join local photographer, Phil Addis, as he helps you set up for success with some of the tips and tricks that he has learned along the way. Phil has displayed his photographs at the La Crosse Public Library and through his Facebook page: @Phil S Addis Photography & Video. Bring your camera equipment such as lens, filters, tripod, and fully charged battery as well as water and dress for the weather. Program has informal classroom setting with an outside practice session during the “golden” light near the end of day. Everyone is welcome.

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“Bee Knowledgeable about Your Backyard” - pollinators for adults
Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

“Bee Knowledgeable about Your Backyard” - pollinators for adults

Refuge and FOR78 Event: As a pollinator enthusiast, Refuge Volunteer Scott Marshall, and Refuge Friends’ Group President, Ruth Nissen, invite adults to learn about the life of bees and pollinators. Populations of pollinators have been declining. Learn about their lives, their roles in the ecosystem, and how you can help. Live in a place without a backyard? Learn ways in how you can help, too! Everyone is welcome.

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Aug
14
10:00 AM10:00

Nature Writing and Nature Journaling with Troy Hess

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Join special guest presenter, Troy Hess, as he shares ways to explore nature through nature journaling activities for adults.

Troy Hess is a writing instructor and founder of On the Yahara Writing Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The center’s motto is that “everyone can write!”

This is a “no-stress zone” nature writing class through observations and comfortable writing styles. The program has informal classroom setting with an outside practice session for writing observations and sketching along the prairie.


When: Tuesday, August 14, 10 a.m.— 12 p. m.
Where: Upper Mississippi River Refuge Visitor Center on Brice Prairie
What to bring: Bring your pen, notebook, and water. Dress for the sun and weather.

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Visitor Center is located at N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI 54650. Contact Ranger Jamie at 608-779-2230 for additional information.
“Everyone can write!”

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"More than Water"  Guided Sunset Canoe Paddle  (Full)
Aug
11
7:00 PM19:00

"More than Water" Guided Sunset Canoe Paddle (Full)

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Refuge Event (This event is full.)

Refuge Ranger Jamie invites you to canoe and learn more about habitats and wildlife of Trempealeau Refuge.  Is the water part of the Mississippi River?  What makes this area unique?  This is a ranger led educational program.  All canoe experience is experience is welcome.  Children of 10 years and older may come with an adult.  Canoes and equipment are available to reserve or you can bring your own. Space is limited, registration is required and begins August 1; please call Refuge Ranger Jamie Bertram at 608-779-2230 by Friday, August 10.

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Prairie Discovery Walk
Jul
28
8:30 AM08:30

Prairie Discovery Walk

Refuge Event

Join Ranger Katie for an informal walk to look and listen for birds, blossoms, butterflies, and more! Use your senses to explore how plants, insects, and other wildlife survive. Learn how the US Fish and Wildlife Service restores this habitat. We will walk up to 2 miles on paved and gravel trails. This program will start at the 3-panel kiosk outside the Visitor Center and end at the Lake Onalaska Overlook. Participants are invited to walk back at their own pace. Please note that the Visitor Center will not be open until 10:00 a.m., but outdoor restrooms will be available. Everyone is welcome.

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"Bee Fun" pollinators for ages 7 - 12
Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

"Bee Fun" pollinators for ages 7 - 12

Refuge Event

As a pollinator enthusiast, Refuge volunteer Scott invites you and your children to learn about the life of bees! Use hands on activities and observation while learning the special ways that you, the flowers, and the bees need each other. “Bee” prepared for both indoor and outdoor activities.

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Art on the Prairie for 5 - 12 year olds
Jun
30
9:00 AM09:00

Art on the Prairie for 5 - 12 year olds

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Refuge Event at the Visitor Center Led by  Ranger Jamie.

Bring your children and learn the prairie through art activities appropriate to each age group. This program is in partnership with a local teacher. Bring water, sun protection and curiosity! Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration is required by Wednesday, June 27, with Ranger Jamie at 608-779-2230.

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May
29
to May 31

Root for Restoration Volunteer Opportunity!

 What: The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and the Friends of the Refuge—Mississippi River Pools 7 & 8 (FOR78) are looking for volunteers to help plant over 1,000 bare root shrubs alongside the Wagon Wheel Trail near La Crescent, MN. The native dogwood, nannyberry, and cranberry shrubs (among others) will help provide food and habitat for songbirds and other wildlife, as well as provide some additional safety for bicyclists.
 

When: Tues. May 29th and Thurs. May 31st, 9:00 a.m.—2:30 p.m.. We will cancel our work day on the 31st if all shrubs are installed on the 29th.

Where: Wagon Wheel Trail near La Crescent, MN - please park at the parking lot on Shore Acres Road (by the old swing bridge). More details to follow.

What we’ll be doing: Using hand tools to plant small seedlings on flat and sloped surfaces.

What to wear: Hiking boots/work boots and long pants are required. Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty are also highly recommended.

What to bring: Please bring a pair of work gloves if you have them—we will have some extras to share. Please bring a filled water bottle and any snacks you might like to have. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat are encouraged!  Lunch will be provided by the Friends of the Refuge—Mississippi River Pools 7 & 8 (FOR78).

Register: Limited to 15 people per day. Please RSVP to Katie Julian at katherine_julian@fws.gov, call or text 608-769-6947. People under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian-signed volunteer form prior to the event.
 
Thank you for your consideration of this volunteer opportunity to enhance habitat on our refuge!

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Trempealeau Refuge Celebrates World Migratory Bird Day
May
11
to May 12

Trempealeau Refuge Celebrates World Migratory Bird Day

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Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge beginning Friday evening with an event at Elmaro Winery, followed by a Saturday full of great bird programing. Please click on the link for a brochure.

Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge World Migratory Bird Day Brochure

 

 

 

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International Migratory Bird Day at Myrick Marsh
May
5
6:30 AM06:30

International Migratory Bird Day at Myrick Marsh

International Migratory Bird Day
Migrate to the Marsh at Myrick Park
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Activities:

  • 6:30 am: Bird walk with Coulee Audubon
  • 7 am - 12 pm: Bird Banding with U.S.F.W. Biologists
  • 9 am - 10 am: Family Birding Walk
  • 9 am - 12 pm: Bird-themed Activities & Crafts
  • 10 am - 11 am: Coulee Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Raptor Presentation
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Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

Waterfowl Observation Day

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Thousands of migrating waterfowl are expected to be on the river in front of the Brownsville Overlook during "Waterfowl Observation Day" on Saturday, November 11th. Friends of the Refuge - Mississippi River Pools 7 & 8 (FOR78), along with Friends of the Upper Mississippi (FUM) and Refuge staff will be at the Brownsville Overlook with spotting scopes, snacks, and interpreters. Refuge related items will be for sale from the Friends groups

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Nov
3
8:00 AM08:00

Volunteers Needed for Tree Planting at Root River Tract

It's a Tree-A-Palooza!  Volunteers Needed!

What: Work on restoration of the floodplain forest habitat at the Root River tract. Forester Andy Beebe is looking for some helpers to plant 200 potted plants and 1,000 bare root plants in early Nov. 3r

When: Fri., Nov. 3rd, 8am - 4pm (a half day commitment would be great!). If interested in volunteering, please contact Katie Julian by Nov. 1st at katherine_julian@fws.gov, (608) 779-2391 

Where: Root River Tract off Highway 26 south of La Crescent - look for a USFWS truck on the east side of the road that will show you where to turn in to enter the tract.

What to Wear:  Closed toed shoes and long pants are required. Layers are always recommended in our unpredictable weather!

What to Bring:  Please bring a lunch and a water bottle -- we'll have extra water and Gatorade on site. Sunscreen and a hat are encouraged!  We'll have shovels and gloves available.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to assist the Refuge!

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Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Naturalist at Brownsville Overlook

A Refuge naturalist will be stationed at the Brownsville Overlook to share information about migrating tundra swans, other waterbirds, and eagles.

Join us every Saturday and Sunday from October 28 - November 19, 2017 between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. Naturalists' shifts may be cancelled or end early in inclement weather.

The Brownsville Overlook is located along Highway 26 about three miles south of Brownsville, Minnesota.

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“Creepy Critters”
Oct
18
4:00 PM16:00

“Creepy Critters”

 

The annual special event for you and your Halloween ghouls. Join the refuge and its partners to learn about the “Creepy Critters” and how they are not so scary once you get to meet them and understand them. Special live animal program from 7 p.m. -8 p.m.: This is appropriate fun for all ages! Costumes are welcome.

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