Throughout the winter, the naturalists at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha will be leading field trips and personalized habitat tours for bird watchers interested in seeing eagles, golden eagles, tundra swans, and additional waterfowl up close. The National Eagle Center facility will rem…

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Winona offices recently recognized Lori Packer, of Winona, as the 2021 Volunteer of the Year. Lori volunteered her time to shovel snow from walkways and kiosk areas at refuge boat landings last winter. This fall, she spent nearly …

With a deadly open-water season nearly in the rearview mirror, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds everyone that lakes and ponds throughout the state have started to freeze – and that where ice hasn’t formed, the water is dangerously cold. It’s up to all people to cho…

The Winona Bird Club offers a free, kid-friendly program with a live peregrine falcon and American kestrel December 1, at 7 p.m., at the Winona Friendship Center. We’ll also participate in the Annual Audubon Christmas Count on December 18.

It’s been a slow start to the annual swan watching season on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, but they are starting to arrive. The tundra swan migration is a highlight of the fall on the refuge offering a once-a-year spectacle for all to enjoy. At their peak, wh…

The Friends of the Refuge Headwaters are reminding all amateur photographers that the deadline for accepting entries for the current photo contest is December 3, 2021. Photos that capture the summer and fall beauty of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and Trempeal…

A snowmobile safety class is available for Country Climbers and Lewiston Snow Sports snowmobile clubs on December 18 at 9 a.m. Must complete online training at www.snowmobilecourse.com. Class fills fast; call Gary 507-429-4478 or Steve 507-208-3577 for more information.

Al Batt will share his warm-hearted and humorous stories November 3 at 7 p.m. at the Winona Friendship Center. The Winona Bird Club is delighted to sponsor the event, since Al has provided us many mirthful evenings in the past.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed two cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in wild white-tailed deer in Minnesota. EHD is a viral disease of deer and some livestock that is spread by a biting insect called a midge.

Race Directors Mandy and Bill Hansel from The Storm Trail Race Series presented a check for $5,000 to Jen Whetsone and Sally Poepping from Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center (HVMHC). The funds were raised through the summer trail race, Storm the Farm, held at Briggs Outdoors in July. The f…

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In consideration of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, in 2021, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) is offering both a remote and in-person opportunity for refuge trappers to receive the required Special Use Permit (SUP) and trap tags. SUP applications and inst…

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It is with gratitude and a renewed hope that the WDUA (Winona Dakota Unity Alliance) announces that in cooperation with Prairie Island Indian Community and the Winona Parks Department, we will be replanting sweetgrass in Unity Park. 

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The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is now accepting applications for the Lawns to Legumes program, which aims to increase residential habitat for at-risk pollinators across the state. Lawns to Legumes offers a combination of workshops, coaching, planting guides and cost-s…

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The Friends of the Refuge Headwaters are encouraging all amateur photographers to get outside and capture the beauty of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) for a summer/fall photo contest.  

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The cliffs of Whitewater State Park have been home to peregrine falcons for centuries, including to a breeding pair that successfully fledged three chicks earlier this summer. On June 26, park neighbors discovered the adult female, with leg band number D32, was injured near their property. S…

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City of Goodview Outdoor Movie Night is scheduled for Friday, September 24, at Memorial Park located at Ninth Street and 44th Avenue (weather permitting). Winona Eats food truck will be available starting at 6 p.m., and the city will be offering a $3 hotdog meal (hotdog, chips and fruit snac…

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The public is invited to attend a watershed open house on Monday, September 20, 2021, for the area known as “WinLaC” – the Mississippi River-Winona-La Crescent watersheds. The open house is an opportunity for everyone to get involved in protecting and restoring our drinking water and quality…

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Minnesota’s North Shore is the focus of the upcoming exhibition “Dudley Edmondson: Northern Waters,” opening September 10, 2021, at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona. Dudley Edmonson is an author, public speaker, wildlife photographer, and filmmaker from Duluth, Minn. This exh…

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Take a closer look at the historical places and people of Winona with a Winona County Historical Society walking tour. Brush up on your local trivia for prizes. All tours are an hour long and cost $10 per person or $6 for WCHS members. Bottled water is included. Sign up by calling 507-454-27…