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  • Youth Conservation Corp Worker 2016

    Positions are temporary beginning June 13, 2016 and ending August 5, 2016. Work hours are Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Participants will meet at the Winona District shop located at 3 Kansas Street, Winona, MN. Participants will work 320 hours during the summer. Days missed must be made up prior to the August 5 completion date. Extended vacation time will not be granted (four or more days).

    Duties will include assisting with the maintenance of boat landings, recreational areas, buildings and equipment. Biological duties will include assisting with monitoring of vegetation, maintaining tree saplings, and exotic species removal. Participants must be able to work outdoors in a variety of environmental conditions.

    Requirements: Youth ages 15-18 are eligible to apply. Minors must have a work permit and/or age certificate. Applicants must not have any serious criminal history and must be able to participate in strenuous outdoor work activities. All candidates will be considered without regard to race, creed, color, sex, national origin, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor.

    Participant Selection: Participants will be selected by random from qualified applicants.

    Deadline: Return application by April 8, 2016 to:

    Curt McMurl
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    51 East 4th Street, Room 203
    Winona, MN 55987


    Bird Tour November 21

    Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge and the US Fish and Wildlife Service are co-hosting a birding tour into the closed area of Lost Mound on Saturday, November 21.

    The van will leave promptly at 2:00 pm and will return at 5:00 pm. Participants are to meet at 1:45 pm at the Lost Mound Office parking lot, which is located at 3159 Crim Rd, Savanna IL. Tours are free, but seating is limited. This is an excellent opportunity to travel through the refuge with experience birders and learn about the history of Lost Mound (formerly the Savanna Army Depot).

    Registration is required. Please call the refuge office at 815-273-2732 to make your reservation or email us at For additional events please go to or follow us on Facebook.

    2016 Bald Eagle Contest

    Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge will be sponsoring a Bald Eagle Photo Contest for the 2016 Clinton Bald Eagle Watch.

    We will be accepting photos from November 1 – 25. People’s Choice will be voted on at the Clinton Bald Eagle Watch, January 9, 2016. For more detailed information go to and click on Photo Contest. Contact Pam Steinhaus at 815-273-2732 for more information.

    Owl Prowl November 21

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         Contact: Pam Steinhaus (815) 273-2732October 27, 2015 Visitor Service Manager

    Owl Prowl  November 21 in Thomson, Illinois

    Join Bob Walton and the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge as we travel into the night to listen for the hoots, wails, and shrieks of owls on Saturday, November 21 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. We will meet at Thomson Causeway Amphitheatre for a short “pre-owlin” program and then head into the darkness for a little prowling.

    Change to Deer Hunting Regulations on Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge

    Change to Deer Hunting Regulations in Illinois on Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge

    This year a new regulation in Illinois on the refuge is the prohibition of deer drives.  Effective October 1, 2015, deer hunters in Illinois  are prohibited from using deer drives to hunt on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

    Waterfowl Observation Day November 7

    Waterfowl Observation Day at Brownsville Overlook on November 7

    The annual Waterfowl Observation Day is 
    Saturday, November 7th at the Brownsville Overlook between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

    Binoculars, spotting scopes, and bird identification guides will be available for visitors to use. Refuge staff and volunteers.  Members of the Upper Mississippi River Interpretive Association and the Friends of the Upper Mississippi will assist with bird identification, discuss the island restoration project and any questions a visitor may have.  

    Call 608 779 2399 with any questions.

    Root River Tract Draft EA

    Draft Environmental Assessment for Root River Tract Habitat Project Available for Public Review and Comment The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced the release of an environmental assessment that evaluates a proposed habitat restoration/enhancement project. The project is located on the Root River Tract, an 825-acre block of land along the Root River east of Highway 26 in Houston County, Minn.

    A public meeting to discuss the project is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in the meeting room at the fire station in Hokah, Minn. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. with an open house followed by presentations beginning at 6:30 p.m. The fire station is located at 9 Mill Street. Written comments will also be accepted at the meeting. For more information, contact the Refuge’s La Crosse District Office at (608) 779-2399.

    Voluntary Waterfowl Avoidance Area
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              Contact: Hallie Rasmussen (608)-779-2392
    October 15, 2015

    Voluntary Waterfowl Avoidance Area in Effect on Lake Onalaska Beginning October 15th

    A Voluntary Waterfowl Avoidance Area will be in effect on Lake Onalaska (Navigation Pool 7) of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge during the 2015 fall migration.

    Dates of the Voluntary Avoidance area are October 15 through December 8th.

    The avoidance area, marked with white buoys, covers a 3,356-acre section of the lake used by large numbers of migrating waterfowl, particularly canvasbacks.
Last Updated: Nov 18, 2015
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