Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge wants you to join us for a celebration of Pollinators and More on the refuge! On Saturday, June 25th from 8:30 AM to Noon, visitors are invited to come out and experience the beauty of the refuge, highlighting butterflies and prairie blooms! The prairies found at the refuge and throughout Wisconsin provide critical habitat for many pollinators, such as, bees, birds, butterflies, beetles and others. These pollinators are vital to the delicate ecosystem, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more.
Join us to celebrate the power of prairies blooms, butterflies and much more! This is a wonderful family affair for all ages! All activities will start at the Outdoor Wonders Learning Center. Here is what is planned for our morning pollinator celebration…
Scheduled Activities include:
8:30 to 10:00—”Beauties of the Prairie” Wildflower and Butterfly hike
10:00—Hear from an expert on Monarch butterflies and their future – Stephanie Rathsack, Special Guest Speaker
On-going activities/exhibits include:
• Ecker’s Apple Orchard
• Beekeeper’s corner — Learn from beekeeper, Bob Hoffman and see the tools of the trade
• Local honey tasting samples
• Kids crafts and games
• Pollinator posters and information
• Bookstore with butterfly and native plant field guides
• Butterfly tattoos
For more information on this event and other events at the refuge, please visit our website at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/trempealeau/ or call 608/539-2311, ext. 6.
To get to the refuge from the La Crosse area, take Rt. 53 north to Rt. 54 west. Follow 54 west to Centerville and continue 3.1 miles to West Prairie Road. Turn left on West Prairie Road and drive one mile to the refuge entrance. Take the auto tour loop to the Prairie View Trail parking lot. From Winona, take Rt. 43 across the Mississippi River into Wisconsin. Turn right onto Rt. 54 east. Travel 5.7 miles to West Prairie Road. Turn right onto West Prairie Road and drive one mile to the refuge entrance.
Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1936, lies within the Mississippi River flyway. This 6,226 acre Refuge contains rolling prairies, rich wetlands and bottomland forests which support a variety of wildlife species. It is an isolated backwater, providing needed resting and feeding area for waterfowl and other birds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit for American people.