Join staff and volunteers for a night hike on Friday, November 9, 2012 at the new Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Visitor Center located on Brice Prairie, Wisconsin. The free program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the new Visitor Center. The Visitor Center doors will open at 5:30 p.m.The nocturnal walkers will search for nightly critters and listen for migrating birds. “Who knows what may lurk in the nighttime, but we will learn about the night and how to use our senses like fox, coyotes, and other nocturnal animals,” said Ranger Dan Peterson.If the sky is clear members from the La Crosse Area Astronomical Society will join us along the walk in viewing the night sky using high-powered telescopes.The free program is open to all ages; children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should dress for the weather. The hike will be less than one mile and should end around 8:30 p.m. Reservations are not required. Please call 608-779-2392 for additional information.For more information, contact the La Crosse District Office at (608) 779-2399 or visit the new visitor center, located at N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI. Visitor center hours until November 21st are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Please call for winter hours after November 22nd.* * * * * * *The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is the most visited refuge in the United States. The refuge extends 261 miles along the UpperU.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
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A year round resident on the refuge however numbers soar during the winter. Look below locks and dams where the river is not frozen. Aerial displays and pair bonding are best viewed from January through March. In winter, over 1,000 bald eagles grab fish,ducks or coots in the open water.