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    Mayfly Watch

    Every year, mayflies emerge from the Mississippi River. You can become a citizen scientist and send your data to Nature's Notebook.

    Report your sightings to Nature's Notebook

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    It Is Peak Breeding Season!

    Are you seeing eggs and caterpillars in your area? You can help scientists by reporting your sightings.

    Report your sightings to Journey North

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    Smartphone Photography Workshops

    Use special lenses or a selfie stick with your smartphone. Learn skills to help you take a special photo with your smartphone.

    Smartphone Photography Workshops

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    Summer Interpretive Programs

    You’re invited! Please join us for the following nature programs at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

    Summer Interpretive Programs

Discover Wildlife

Discover Wildlife


Mayflies, dragonflies, bald eagles all grace the skies. Walleye, perch and largemouth bass swim below the river. Why not give dragonfly watching a chance?

Discover Wildlife

Be a patient photographer

Be a Patient Photographer


Wildlife shots take time. What better place to relax and wait then outside on a refuge.

Wildlife Photography Tips

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS  

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What's Going On?

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2016


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