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, 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
to May 12

Trempealeau Refuge Celebrates World Migratory Bird Day

  • Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge (map)
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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
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


  • 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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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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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, (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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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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