You are invited to be part of a paddling posse to locate invasive species on the Mississippi River. Join Ranger Ed Lagace and Biologist Lisa Reid of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge as they search for water lettuce and water hyacinth near Buffalo City, WI on Friday, July 19, 2013. The posse will depart from the Lower Spring Lake Landing at 10:00 a.m. and return to the landing by 2:00 p.m.
The Lower Spring Lake Landing is located near Buffalo City, WI on South River Road at the Lock and Dam 5 embankment entrance. GPS coordinates 44°12`19.83"N 91°49`57.30"W.
Pre‐registration is required by calling or emailing Refuge Ranger Ed Lagace at 507‐494‐6236 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Refuge will provide canoes, paddles and PFD’s for your use or you can bring your own equipment. Binoculars for bird viewing, a lunch and drinking water are recommended.
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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.