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Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge hosts nature program

ONALASKA, WI - One of the most visited wildlife refuge centers not only in Wisconsin but the nation is right here in the Coulee Region and is showing off its exhibits.

The Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is inviting visitors to experience some of it's unique programs, like getting an up close and personal look at a great horned owl.

Visitors were also introduced to some of the turtle species around the drift less area.  

If seeing wildlife didn't catch their attention, guests could also take a walk on the center's miles of trails.

Refuge employees said the center is not just about caring for wildlife.


"What an incredible resource we have here. The refuge is just a great habitat for lots of animals. We just want people to come and enjoy this place, to let people know this place is here and is relevant for habitat and also relevant for recreation, whether folks are hikers, bikers, photographers, bird watchers, hunters, or anglers," said refuge visitor's service manager Paula Ogden-Muse.

The refuge extends more than 260 miles along the upper Mississippi river and is home to several different kinds of endangered species.

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