Pelicans return to the refuge in early spring.
For birdwatchers on the refuge, a bright red head signals spring has arrived. These Redheads are only a fleeting moment though, stopping to fuel up at the refuge before heading on to their breeding grounds in North Dakota and Canada.
Spring is a great time to see the myriad of warblers that pass through the refuge. They stop here to refuel and rest on their migrational journey.
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A Voluntary Waterfowl Avoidance Area begins October 15 on Lake Onalaska (Navigation Pool 7) of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge during the 2014 fall migration.