Volunteers provide their skills and energy conducting bald eagle surveys, river clean-up projects, school programs, water trail maintenance and office work. We invite you to learn from first hand experiences. By volunteering you will be caring for the Refuge you care about. Contact any of our offices to sign up to begin your volunteer adventure.Winona District: Brian_Pember@fws.gov 507-454-7351 LaCrosse District: Paula_Ogden-Muse@fws.gov 608-779-2399McGregor District: Ann_Blankenship@fws.gov 563-873-3423 ext. 14 Savanna District: Pam_Steinhaus@fws.gov 815-273-2732 ext. 116
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:
The Great Mississippi River Clean Up
The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge – Winona District, Friends of the Refuge Headwaters, and Mississippi River Revival will host a river cleanup as part of the “The Great Mississippi River Cleanup” sponsored by Living Lands and Waters (LLW), from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.
In 2012, “The Great Mississippi River Cleanup” was held in 23 cities with 2,459 volunteers and removed 127,230 pounds of debris from the Mississippi River between St. Paul, MN and St. Louis, MO.
Volunteers will pick up debris from the water and river banks. Those who are willing to use their personal boats for transporting participants or picking up debris are needed. Participants will receive a
t-shirt or reusable stainless steel water bottle. Pre-registration is required to ensure availability of supplies at the cleanup. Registration can be completed by visiting www.livinglandsandwaters.org/events/view/great-mississippi-river-cleanup.
Local staging areas are as follows:
Pool 5 – Alma Landing (above Dairyland Power), Alma, Wis. GPS: N44 18.390: W 091 54.390
Pool 5 – Lower Spring Lake Landing, Buffalo City, Wis. GPS: N44 12.326; W091 49.938
Pool 5A – McNally Landing, Winona, Minn. GPS: N44 04.874; W091 41.342
Pool 6 – Latsch Island Beach, Winona, Minn. GPS: N44 03 28.99; W091 38 07.04
For more information call Mary Stefanski, Winona District Manager at 507-494-6229.
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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.