Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate National Pollinators Week and the beauty of refuge prairies by offering several activities on June 24th and 25th, 2011. Pollinating animals, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and others, are vital to our delicate ecosystem, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more. So join us to celebrate the power of prairies! On Friday, June 24th, Sunset Prairie Hike - refuge staff and volunteers want you to join them for a guided hike along our Prairie View Trail beginning at 6:30 PM. This hike will highlight prairie wildflowers and the wildlife that makes its home here. Visitors wishing to participate will meet at the parking area near Prairie View Trail, which can be found along the auto tour loop. Reservations are recommended by calling 608/539-2311, ext. 17.
On Saturday, June 25th, the following activities are planned for refuge visitors of all ages; 10:00 AM, Prairie Pups – a short hike through the prairie will give children an opportunity to explore this precious habitat. We will have digital cameras available for use, so children can capture their favorite flower or picture perfect prairie and have it printed and framed. This activity is targeted to connect the younger generations to the prairie wonders.
12:00 PM, Prairie Hike - refuge staff will be conducting a second guided prairie hike along the Prairie View Trail. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the pristine prairie habitat and how important pollinators are to this habitat. The guided hike will begin at the parking area of the Prairie View Trail that can be found along our auto tour loop.
For more information on events at the refuge, please visit our website at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/trempealeau or call 608/539-2311, ext. 17.