Bird Biology & Bird Watching Class Week 1
Jan
9
10:00 AM10:00

Bird Biology & Bird Watching Class Week 1

  • Upper Mississippi River Wildlife & Fish Refuge Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bird Biology Syllabus

January 9, 16, & 23, 2019

Contact Information

Course Coordinator: Ruth Davis radavis@for78.org 

 Instructor: Dr. Melinda Knutson trilliumlax@gmail.com

To Register click go to classes

 

General Information

Description

If you are looking for a new hobby or you want motivation to get outdoors, stretch your legs, and visit some refuges, parks, and state natural areas, bird watching is for you! Bird watching can be learned at any age.  In the discussion series we will continue with The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America video course that we started in 2018.  The videos are provided by The Great Courses and taught by internationally respected birding expert James Currie. The course focuses on bird biology and tools and techniques for improving your bird watching skills.  The format will include viewing a 30-min. video, followed by 15-20 min. discussions. Dr. Knutson will lead the discussion, expanding the content and adding examples from her research and experiences. There will be ample time for questions and exploring ideas.  If you missed the 2018 sessions, no worries!  You will still learn a lot about birds and bird watching. 

Expectations and Goals

You will learn about bird biology, migration, birding by ear, bird photography, and take a peek into the lives of the many bird families we have in the Midwest.  We hope that you will become excited about birds and their habitats and expand your enjoyment of the great outdoors!  You will also learn more about how you can promote bird conservation at home and in your community.

Location

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge - La Crosse District Visitor Center, N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI. 

Course Schedule

Week 1

Jan 9 morning (10-12): Birding by ear AND Essentials of bird migration

Jan 9 afternoon (1-3): Waterbirds, shorebirds, & game birds AND Diurnal raptors

Week 2

Jan 16 morning (10:00-12:00): Doves to kingfishers AND Passerines: Flycatchers to thrushes

Jan 16 afternoon (1-3): Passerines: Thrashers to warblers AND Passerines: Tanagers to finches

Week 3

Jan 23 morning (10-12): Photography for birders AND Birding ethics and conservation

Additional Information and Resources

Coulee Region Audubon Club (http://www.couleeaudubon.org/): Local group promoting bird watching and bird conservation.  Occasional field trips.

Dunn, J.L., and J. Alderfer (Eds.). 2017. National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition. National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C. Field guide.  Recommended by lecturer, popular with bird watchers.

Elphick, C.S., J.B. Dunning, Jr., and D.A. Sibley (Eds.). 2009. The Sibley guide to bird life and behavior. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. Bird biology (not field guide); several books available, but I like this one.

Peterson, R.T., and V.M. Peterson. 2010. Peterson Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America, sixth edition. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Classic field guide, with arrows to field characteristics

Sibley, D.A. 2014. The Sibley guide to birds, 2nd edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. Field guide.  Large format, more illustrations, companion to 2016 book below.  Too large to carry in the field.

Sibley, D.A. 2016. The Sibley field guide to birds of eastern North America: second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. Compact field guide

eBird; Sibley Birds; Merlin Bird ID; Audubon; NestWatch; Warbler Guide; Song Sleuth. Birding apps for ‘smart phones’

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Bird Biology & Bird Watching Class Week 2
Jan
16
10:00 AM10:00

Bird Biology & Bird Watching Class Week 2

  • Upper Mississippi River Wildlife & Fish Refuge Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bird Biology Syllabus

January 9, 16, & 23, 2019

Contact Information

Course Coordinator: Ruth Davis radavis@for78.org 

 Instructor: Dr. Melinda Knutson trilliumlax@gmail.com

 To Register go to Classes

General Information

Description

If you are looking for a new hobby or you want motivation to get outdoors, stretch your legs, and visit some refuges, parks, and state natural areas, bird watching is for you! Bird watching can be learned at any age.  In the discussion series we will continue with The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America video course that we started in 2018.  The videos are provided by The Great Courses and taught by internationally respected birding expert James Currie. The course focuses on bird biology and tools and techniques for improving your bird watching skills.  The format will include viewing a 30-min. video, followed by 15-20 min. discussions. Dr. Knutson will lead the discussion, expanding the content and adding examples from her research and experiences. There will be ample time for questions and exploring ideas.  If you missed the 2018 sessions, no worries!  You will still learn a lot about birds and bird watching. 

Expectations and Goals

You will learn about bird biology, migration, birding by ear, bird photography, and take a peek into the lives of the many bird families we have in the Midwest.  We hope that you will become excited about birds and their habitats and expand your enjoyment of the great outdoors!  You will also learn more about how you can promote bird conservation at home and in your community.

Location

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge - La Crosse District Visitor Center, N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI. 

Course Schedule

Week 1

Jan 9 morning (10-12): Birding by ear AND Essentials of bird migration

Jan 9 afternoon (1-3): Waterbirds, shorebirds, & game birds AND Diurnal raptors

Week 2

Jan 16 morning (10:00-12:00): Doves to kingfishers AND Passerines: Flycatchers to thrushes

Jan 16 afternoon (1-3): Passerines: Thrashers to warblers AND Passerines: Tanagers to finches

Week 3

Jan 23 morning (10-12): Photography for birders AND Birding ethics and conservation

Additional Information and Resources

Coulee Region Audubon Club (http://www.couleeaudubon.org/): Local group promoting bird watching and bird conservation.  Occasional field trips.

Dunn, J.L., and J. Alderfer (Eds.). 2017. National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition. National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C. Field guide.  Recommended by lecturer, popular with bird watchers.

Elphick, C.S., J.B. Dunning, Jr., and D.A. Sibley (Eds.). 2009. The Sibley guide to bird life and behavior. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. Bird biology (not field guide); several books available, but I like this one.

Peterson, R.T., and V.M. Peterson. 2010. Peterson Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America, sixth edition. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Classic field guide, with arrows to field characteristics

Sibley, D.A. 2014. The Sibley guide to birds, 2nd edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. Field guide.  Large format, more illustrations, companion to 2016 book below.  Too large to carry in the field.

Sibley, D.A. 2016. The Sibley field guide to birds of eastern North America: second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. Compact field guide

eBird; Sibley Birds; Merlin Bird ID; Audubon; NestWatch; Warbler Guide; Song Sleuth. Birding apps for ‘smart phones’

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Bird Biology & Bird Watching Class Week 3
Jan
23
10:00 PM22:00

Bird Biology & Bird Watching Class Week 3

  • Upper Mississippi River Wildlife & Fish Refuge Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bird Biology Syllabus

January 9, 16, & 23, 2019

Contact Information

Course Coordinator: Ruth Davis radavis@for78.org 

 Instructor: Dr. Melinda Knutson trilliumlax@gmail.com

To Register go to Classes

 

General Information

Description

If you are looking for a new hobby or you want motivation to get outdoors, stretch your legs, and visit some refuges, parks, and state natural areas, bird watching is for you! Bird watching can be learned at any age.  In the discussion series we will continue with The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America video course that we started in 2018.  The videos are provided by The Great Courses and taught by internationally respected birding expert James Currie. The course focuses on bird biology and tools and techniques for improving your bird watching skills.  The format will include viewing a 30-min. video, followed by 15-20 min. discussions. Dr. Knutson will lead the discussion, expanding the content and adding examples from her research and experiences. There will be ample time for questions and exploring ideas.  If you missed the 2018 sessions, no worries!  You will still learn a lot about birds and bird watching. 

Expectations and Goals

You will learn about bird biology, migration, birding by ear, bird photography, and take a peek into the lives of the many bird families we have in the Midwest.  We hope that you will become excited about birds and their habitats and expand your enjoyment of the great outdoors!  You will also learn more about how you can promote bird conservation at home and in your community.

Location

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge - La Crosse District Visitor Center, N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI. 

Course Schedule

Week 1

Jan 9 morning (10-12): Birding by ear AND Essentials of bird migration

Jan 9 afternoon (1-3): Waterbirds, shorebirds, & game birds AND Diurnal raptors

Week 2

Jan 16 morning (10:00-12:00): Doves to kingfishers AND Passerines: Flycatchers to thrushes

Jan 16 afternoon (1-3): Passerines: Thrashers to warblers AND Passerines: Tanagers to finches

Week 3

Jan 23 morning (10-12): Photography for birders AND Birding ethics and conservation

Additional Information and Resources

Coulee Region Audubon Club (http://www.couleeaudubon.org/): Local group promoting bird watching and bird conservation.  Occasional field trips.

Dunn, J.L., and J. Alderfer (Eds.). 2017. National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition. National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C. Field guide.  Recommended by lecturer, popular with bird watchers.

Elphick, C.S., J.B. Dunning, Jr., and D.A. Sibley (Eds.). 2009. The Sibley guide to bird life and behavior. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. Bird biology (not field guide); several books available, but I like this one.

Peterson, R.T., and V.M. Peterson. 2010. Peterson Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America, sixth edition. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Classic field guide, with arrows to field characteristics

Sibley, D.A. 2014. The Sibley guide to birds, 2nd edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. Field guide.  Large format, more illustrations, companion to 2016 book below.  Too large to carry in the field.

Sibley, D.A. 2016. The Sibley field guide to birds of eastern North America: second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. Compact field guide

eBird; Sibley Birds; Merlin Bird ID; Audubon; NestWatch; Warbler Guide; Song Sleuth. Birding apps for ‘smart phones’

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Plant Biology Class Week 1
Feb
13
10:00 AM10:00

Plant Biology Class Week 1

  • Upper Mississippi River Wildlife & Fish Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Plant Biology Syllabus

February 13, 20, & 27, 2019

Contact Information

Course Coordinator: Ruth Davis radavis@for78.org  

Instructor: Dr. Melinda Knutson trilliumlax@gmail.com

To Register go to Classes

 General Information

Week 1

Feb 13 morning (10-12): Moss sex and peat’s engineered habitat AND Fern spores and the vascular conquest of land

Week 1

Feb 13 afternoon (1-3): Roots and symbiosis with non-plants AND Stems are more than just the in-between

Week 2

Feb 20 morning (10-12): The leaf as a biochemical factory AND Photosynthesis everyone should understand

Feb 20 afternoon (1-3): Days and years in the lives of plants AND :Advent of seeds: cycads and ginkgoes

Week 3

Feb 27 morning (10-12): Why conifers are holiday plants AND Water plants came from land

Feb 27 afternoon (1-3): Why the tropics have so many plant species AND Modifying the genes of plants

Additional Information and Resources

Botanical Club of Wisconsin https://sites.google.com/site/botanicalclubofwisconsin/ State group, with local chapters. Field trips with experienced botanists, amateurs welcome

Black, M.R., and E.J. Judziewicz. 2009. Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region: A comprehensive field guide. Univ of Wisconsin Press. Comprehensive field guide, regional resource; key can be confusing for a novice, photos very small

Chadde, Steve W.  2013.  Wisconsin Flora: An Illustrated Guide to the Vascular Plants of Wisconsin.  Steve W. Chadde. Comprehensive field guide for Wisconsin, with drawings and range maps by county.

Darke, R., and D.W. Tallamy. 2016. The living landscape: designing for beauty and biodiversity in the home garden. Timber Press. Rave reviews online, translation of ideas from 2009 book into practical landscaping ideas, beautiful photos

Holm, H.N. 2014. Pollinators of native plants: attract, observe and identify pollinators and beneficial insects with native plants. Pollination Press, LLC. Best book available on plants and pollinators

Newcomb, L., and G. Morrison. 1977, 1989 reprint. Newcomb's wildflower guide. Little, Brown and Company, Boston. Classic, simple field guide and key, excellent drawings, but names a bit outdated.

Steiner, L.M. 2007. Landscaping with native plants of Wisconsin. Voyageur Press, St. Paul, MN. Excellent, regional resource on native plants for landscaping

Tallamy, D.W. 2009. Bringing nature home: How native plants sustain wildlife in our gardens, updated and expanded. Timber Press, Inc. Classic book - transformed our ideas about the value of native plants

Weaner, L., and T. Christopher. 2016. Garden revolution: how our landscapes can be a source of environmental change. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon. Advocates use of native plants in landscaping.

iNaturalist; PictureThis; PlantNet; Minnesota Wildflowers; Trees USA; vTree; Illinois Wildlflowers; Wisconsin Wildflowers; Montana Grasses Apps for smart phones

 

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Plant Biology Class Week 2
Feb
20
10:00 AM10:00

Plant Biology Class Week 2

  • Upper Mississippi River Wildlife & Fish Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Plant Biology Syllabus

February 13, 20, & 27, 2019

Contact Information

Course Coordinator: Ruth Davis radavis@for78.org  

Instructor: Dr. Melinda Knutson trilliumlax@gmail.com

To Register go to Classes

 General Information

Week 1

Feb 13 morning (10-12): Moss sex and peat’s engineered habitat AND Fern spores and the vascular conquest of land

Week 1

Feb 13 afternoon (1-3): Roots and symbiosis with non-plants AND Stems are more than just the in-between

Week 2

Feb 20 morning (10-12): The leaf as a biochemical factory AND Photosynthesis everyone should understand

Feb 20 afternoon (1-3): Days and years in the lives of plants AND :Advent of seeds: cycads and ginkgoes

Week 3

Feb 27 morning (10-12): Why conifers are holiday plants AND Water plants came from land

Feb 27 afternoon (1-3): Why the tropics have so many plant species AND Modifying the genes of plants

Additional Information and Resources

Botanical Club of Wisconsin https://sites.google.com/site/botanicalclubofwisconsin/ State group, with local chapters. Field trips with experienced botanists, amateurs welcome

Black, M.R., and E.J. Judziewicz. 2009. Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region: A comprehensive field guide. Univ of Wisconsin Press. Comprehensive field guide, regional resource; key can be confusing for a novice, photos very small

Chadde, Steve W.  2013.  Wisconsin Flora: An Illustrated Guide to the Vascular Plants of Wisconsin.  Steve W. Chadde. Comprehensive field guide for Wisconsin, with drawings and range maps by county.

Darke, R., and D.W. Tallamy. 2016. The living landscape: designing for beauty and biodiversity in the home garden. Timber Press. Rave reviews online, translation of ideas from 2009 book into practical landscaping ideas, beautiful photos

Holm, H.N. 2014. Pollinators of native plants: attract, observe and identify pollinators and beneficial insects with native plants. Pollination Press, LLC. Best book available on plants and pollinators

Newcomb, L., and G. Morrison. 1977, 1989 reprint. Newcomb's wildflower guide. Little, Brown and Company, Boston. Classic, simple field guide and key, excellent drawings, but names a bit outdated.

Steiner, L.M. 2007. Landscaping with native plants of Wisconsin. Voyageur Press, St. Paul, MN. Excellent, regional resource on native plants for landscaping

Tallamy, D.W. 2009. Bringing nature home: How native plants sustain wildlife in our gardens, updated and expanded. Timber Press, Inc. Classic book - transformed our ideas about the value of native plants

Weaner, L., and T. Christopher. 2016. Garden revolution: how our landscapes can be a source of environmental change. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon. Advocates use of native plants in landscaping.

iNaturalist; PictureThis; PlantNet; Minnesota Wildflowers; Trees USA; vTree; Illinois Wildlflowers; Wisconsin Wildflowers; Montana Grasses Apps for smart phones

 

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Plant Biology Class Week 3
Feb
27
10:00 AM10:00

Plant Biology Class Week 3

  • Upper Mississippi River Wildlife & Fish Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Plant Biology Syllabus

February 13, 20, & 27, 2019

Contact Information

Course Coordinator: Ruth Davis radavis@for78.org  

Instructor: Dr. Melinda Knutson trilliumlax@gmail.com

To Register go to Classes

 General Information

Week 1

Feb 13 morning (10-12): Moss sex and peat’s engineered habitat AND Fern spores and the vascular conquest of land

Week 1

Feb 13 afternoon (1-3): Roots and symbiosis with non-plants AND Stems are more than just the in-between

Week 2

Feb 20 morning (10-12): The leaf as a biochemical factory AND Photosynthesis everyone should understand

Feb 20 afternoon (1-3): Days and years in the lives of plants AND :Advent of seeds: cycads and ginkgoes

Week 3

Feb 27 morning (10-12): Why conifers are holiday plants AND Water plants came from land

Feb 27 afternoon (1-3): Why the tropics have so many plant species AND Modifying the genes of plants

Additional Information and Resources

Botanical Club of Wisconsin https://sites.google.com/site/botanicalclubofwisconsin/ State group, with local chapters. Field trips with experienced botanists, amateurs welcome

Black, M.R., and E.J. Judziewicz. 2009. Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region: A comprehensive field guide. Univ of Wisconsin Press. Comprehensive field guide, regional resource; key can be confusing for a novice, photos very small

Chadde, Steve W.  2013.  Wisconsin Flora: An Illustrated Guide to the Vascular Plants of Wisconsin.  Steve W. Chadde. Comprehensive field guide for Wisconsin, with drawings and range maps by county.

Darke, R., and D.W. Tallamy. 2016. The living landscape: designing for beauty and biodiversity in the home garden. Timber Press. Rave reviews online, translation of ideas from 2009 book into practical landscaping ideas, beautiful photos

Holm, H.N. 2014. Pollinators of native plants: attract, observe and identify pollinators and beneficial insects with native plants. Pollination Press, LLC. Best book available on plants and pollinators

Newcomb, L., and G. Morrison. 1977, 1989 reprint. Newcomb's wildflower guide. Little, Brown and Company, Boston. Classic, simple field guide and key, excellent drawings, but names a bit outdated.

Steiner, L.M. 2007. Landscaping with native plants of Wisconsin. Voyageur Press, St. Paul, MN. Excellent, regional resource on native plants for landscaping

Tallamy, D.W. 2009. Bringing nature home: How native plants sustain wildlife in our gardens, updated and expanded. Timber Press, Inc. Classic book - transformed our ideas about the value of native plants

Weaner, L., and T. Christopher. 2016. Garden revolution: how our landscapes can be a source of environmental change. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon. Advocates use of native plants in landscaping.

iNaturalist; PictureThis; PlantNet; Minnesota Wildflowers; Trees USA; vTree; Illinois Wildlflowers; Wisconsin Wildflowers; Montana Grasses Apps for smart phones

 

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Waterfowl Observation Day 2018
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Waterfowl Observation Day 2018

Come join us! The annual Waterfowl Observation Day, hosted by the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Friends of the Refuge – Mississippi River Pools 7 & 8 (FOR78) and the Friends of the Upper Mississippi (FUM), will be held Saturday, November 10th at the Brownsville Overlook between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Visitors will be able to view migrating birds that have stopped to rest and feed along their journey to their wintering grounds.

Binoculars, spotting scopes, and bird identification guides will be available for visitors to enjoy. Refuge staff and volunteers, along with members of FOR78 and FUM, will assist with bird identification and answer related questions. Please dress for cold weather!

Refreshments will be available during this event only, with all donations benefiting FUM. Members of FUM and FOR78 will have wildlife-themed items available for purchase.

The Brownsville Overlook is one of the best places along the river to view hundreds of tundra swans; diving and puddle ducks; bald eagles; and other birds. The overlook is located about three miles south of Brownsville, Minn., along Highway 26.

If you aren’t able to make the special event on November 10th, naturalists will be available at Brownsville Overlook on Saturdays and Sundays from November 3rd through November 18th between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., weather permitting.

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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A Tale of Two Cranes: The Story of the Common Sandhill Crane and the Uncommon Whooping Crane
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

A Tale of Two Cranes: The Story of the Common Sandhill Crane and the Uncommon Whooping Crane

  • Trempealeau National Wildlive Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the Friends of Trempealeau Refuge for a special presentation by Andy Bingle from the International Crane Foundation!

Meet at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge in the Outdoor Wonders Learning Center next to the Refuge Office. W28488 Refuge Rd, Trempealeau, WI 54661

Don’t miss this special presentation!

LEARN about the differences between the rare Whooping Crane and common Sandhill Crane!

DISCOVER more about the cranes which call Trempealeau, WI home!

HEAR about the innovative projects at the International Crane Foundation

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Creepy Critters
Oct
18
4:00 PM16:00

Creepy Critters

  • Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

  • Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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  • Google Calendar ICS

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

  • Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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