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     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   Contact: Pam Steinhaus (815) 273-2732
    May 18, 2016                                                     Visitor Service Manager

    Smartphone Photography Workshops Available this Summer

    Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is sponsoring free smartphone photography workshops for all ages.
    Workshops are held at the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center/Savanna District Office at 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson, Illinois.
    June 18, 22; July 13, 23; August 27 and September 24, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
    Register by calling: Pam Steinaus: 815-273-2732

    You will use lenses that can be attached to your smartphone or try out a selfie stick.  See you at the workshop.
    Mertes' Slough Heron Colony Closed to Entry
    The Refuge recently posted an Avoidance Area around the Mertes’ Slough heron colony located near the Hwy 43/54 bridge between Winona, Minnesota and Fountain City, Wisconsin. The public is asked to voluntarily avoid entering the nesting colony beginning Friday, May 20, 2016.
    Boaters Are Asked To Avoid Islands in Weaver Bottoms
    Boaters are asked to avoid Mallard and Swan Islands in the Weaver Bottoms of Upper Mississippi River Pool 5 from May 20 – July 1, 2016. Weaver Bottoms is located between Mississippi River miles 745.5 and 742.5 near Weaver, Minnesota. Mallard and Swan Islands will be posted as “closed to entry” to limit disturbance while a turtle nesting study is underway.
    Bird Banding Demonstration and Bird Walk
    Bird Banding Demonstrations and Bird Walk

    Have you ever wondered how researchers band the little legs on song birds? Now is your chance to learn!
    Join us at the Interpretive Trail at  Goose Island County Park, La Crosse, Wisconsin off of HWY 35. 
    Saturday April 30th, 2016, Live Bird Banding Demonstrations: 6:30am – 10:30am, Bird Walk: 7:30am – 8:30am

    Explore Refuge on a Guided Tour
    Golf Cart Tours of the Refuge. The tours are free and open to all ages. Trips are the 1st & 3rd Thursday and the 3rd Saturday of every month from May through September.

    The Golf Cart will leave promptly at 8 a.m. from the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center located at 7071 Riverview Rd, Thomson, IL and will return at 10 a.m. Participants are asked to arrive at 7:45 am. Registration is required and seating is limited.
    Bird Banding Demonstrations and Bird Walk

    Celebrate the arrival of spring by joining us on Saturday April 30th for a bird walk through the forest and bird banding demonstrations.

    Improved Boater Access at Cold Springs Landing

    The McGregor District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) recently partnered with the Friends of Pool 9 to complete a dredging project at the Cold Springs Landing.

    Chippewa River Draft EA

     March 31, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mary Stefanski (507) 494-6229 NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY: Draft Environmental Assessment; Development of a Water Trail on the Chippewa River and within the Nelson-Trevino Bottoms, Buffalo County, WI, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Last Updated: Apr 01, 2016
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