The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge invites families to a Waterfowl in Art program at the new visitor center on Saturday, January 26, beginning at 1:00 p.m. During this free indoor program, rangers will teach about the adaptations of ducks using taxidermy birds and hands-on materials. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the basics of drawing by sketching a duck with the help from professional artist Diane Dahl.“We will learn how to draw what we see by incorporating common shapes into drawing a duck,” said Ranger Daniel Peterson. He added, “The art component of the program encourages participants to apply what they have learned and observed through a drawing.” Activities are suitable for children ages five and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 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 are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and one Saturday each month for special programs from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. We will be closed on all Federal holidays.
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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.