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La Crosse District Visitor Center Programs 2014


 Special Saturday Programs in January, February, and March at the La Crosse District's Visitor Center.  During the months of January, February, and March the Refuge will host nature programs for families and science programs for adults.  
 For more information, contact the La Crosse District Office at (608) 779-2399 or visit the new facility, located at N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI. Visitor center hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m and on the Saturdays 10 am - 3 pm listed below.

  • January 18


    11:00 a.m.
     Critter Day

    Families are invited to the new visitor center for a guided nature walk followed by an opportunity to make peanut butter bird feeders.

  • January 25

    Common Loon with Two Chicks

     1:00 p.m.
    Unraveling Mysteries of the Common Loon, presented by Kevin Kenow, Research Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey
    Kevin’s research has focused on issues related to conserving migratory birds and their habitats along the Upper Mississippi River and development of regional and national common loon conservation strategies. He has recently been using some unique technology to look at migration and foraging patterns of common loons breeding in the Upper Midwest, along with related issue of avian botulism in the Great Lakes.

  • February 15


    11:00 a.m.
    Waterfowl in Art
    Families are invited inside visitor center to learn what makes a duck a duck and learn the basics of drawing by sketching a duck with the help from a professional artist.

  • February 22


     1:00 p.m.
     Lead Poisoning in Bald Eagles in the Upper Midwest, presented by Tim Yager, Deputy Refuge Manager for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.
    Tim will present the results from a study that focused on lead poisoning in bald eagles. He will share information on the methods used to gather and analyze the data and discuss possible management alternatives for reducing the occurrence of lead poisoning in bald eagles.

  • March 1


    11:00 am 

    Celebrating Aldo Leopold’s Legacy

    Everyone is invited to join the celebration of author, naturalist, and conservationist Aldo Leopold. Tentative activities include prairie walks and outdoor activities for children. Storyteller Kenny Salwey, the Last River Rat, is scheduled to speak at 11:00 a.m. Please call for program updates.

  • March 15


    11:00 a.m. 

     Crazy for Monarchs

    Families are invited to learn the life history of monarch butterflies and how to attract them to their yards.

  • March 22


     1:00 p.m.
    Migration from the Ground Up: Using Field, Laboratory, and Radar Techniques to Investigate Landbird Ecology and Migration Along the Upper Mississippi River, presented by Biologist Melissa Meier.
    Melissa was the lead field biologist for this five-year study, which sought to understand if the abundance and species composition of spring migrants differ between floodplain and upland forests; if there are patterns in the timing of migration among species using the Upper Mississippi River; if there are specific sites that are more important to migrating birds than others; and if birds captured in different habitats demonstrate differences in physiological condition.

Last Updated: Dec 23, 2013
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