Refuge staff and volunteers will be available at Brownsville Overlook and Shady Maple Overlook every Saturday and Sunday from November 2nd November 23rd, 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. to share information about migrating water birds and eagles. These overlooks are two of the best places along the Upper Mississippi River to view tundra swans, diving and puddle ducks, bald eagles, and other birds.
Brownsville Overlook is located three miles south of Brownsville, Minnesota along Highway 26. Shady Maple Overlook is located one mile south of Goose Island County Park entrance road along Highway 35.
On Saturday, November 9th from 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. the Refuge will host the annual Waterfowl Observation Day at Brownsville Overlook. Refuge staff, volunteers, and members of the Upper Mississippi River Interpretive Association (UMRIA) and Friends of the Upper Mississippi (FUM) will assist visitors with bird identification, discuss the Pool 8 island restoration project, and answer related questions. Binoculars, spotting scopes, and bird identification guides will be available for visitors to use. Hot drinks will be available during this event. Please note that hot drinks will only be available at Brownsville Overlook on November 9th.
For more information, contact the La Crosse District Office at (608) 779-2399 or stop by the visitor center, located at N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI. Visitor center hours until November 23rd are Tuesday Friday 8:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Please call for winter hours. Additional information may be found on the Refuges website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/upper_mississippi_river/