Rep. Kind Encourages Western Wisconsin Families to Celebrate ‘Refuge Week'
Area Wildlife Refuges Host Activities During Weeklong Celebration
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), co-chair of the House National Wildlife Refuge Caucus, today encouraged western Wisconsin families to celebrate “Refuge Week” by visiting an area wildlife refuge.
“Western Wisconsin boasts some of the best and most popular wildlife refuges anywhere,” Rep. Kind said. “As part of Refuge Week I want to remind families of this great opportunity right in their back yard. Teaching our children to appreciate and enjoy the outdoors is the single most important thing we can do to ensure the areas will be protected for future generations, and visiting an area refuge is a great family activity that gets kids outside and shows them the wonder of Wisconsin’s diverse wildlife.”
Western Wisconsin “Refuge Week” Events
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
W7996 20th Street West
The Necedah National Wildlife Refuge will hold a free behind-the-scenes tour on Friday, October 12 and Sunday, October 14, 2007 beginning at 4:00 p.m. Interested participants should meet at the refuge office parking lot at 4:00 p.m. for a caravan-style tour of the marsh, including ducks, geese, swans, cranes and the autumn colors. Staff from the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge will lead the tour and will stop at designated areas to discuss management activities and to answer any questions. Those taking the tour should bring binoculars, cameras, and insect repellent.
The tour may last for three hours. Reservations are not required. For more information about the tour or visiting the refuge call 608-565-2551.
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
51 East 4th Street
The refuge will dedicate the Spring Lake Islands Habitat and Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project in Buffalo City, Wisconsin on Friday, October 12th, at 12:30 p.m.
The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will host a Mississippi River Wild Island Girl Cruise on Sunday, October 14, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. for those interested in the Friends of the Upper Mississippi River group.
The Refuge will also be open all week and weekend for possible bird viewing during fall migration. For more information about any of these events or visiting the refuge, call 608-783-8405.
Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge
W28488 Refuge Road
The Refuge will be open all week and weekend for possible bird viewing during the fall migration. For more information about visiting the refuge, call 608-539-2311.
St. Croix Wetland Management District
1764 95th Street
New Richmond, WI
The St. Croix Wetland Management District is working this week with local sportsmen’s clubs and volunteers to collect prairie flower seeds to re-establish local prairies. For more information about the project or visiting the refuge, call 715-246-7784.