Mississippi River Adventure Day scheduled for August 5

Monday, August 5 more than 100 area kids and their adult chaperones will have the opportunity to explore the Mississippi River with the assistance of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Osborne Nature Center, the Prairie du Chien Rod and Gun Club, Effigy Mounds National Monument, Genoa Fish Hatchery, and Robert Vavra with Maiden Voyages.

Mississippi River Adventure Day (MRAD) is planned to take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, August 5 at Lawler Park in Prairie du Chien, WI. This is a free educational event with a lunch provided for all participants. Register online at https://docs.google.com/MRAD.

This event allows children a unique chance to learn about river plants and animals, identify fish, mussels, and other aquatic life, learn about important historic events which took place along the river, and much more. The day of exploration will provide kids who live on both sides of Pool 10 in northeastern Iowa and southwestern Wisconsin with a fun, hands-on education about the ecosystem of the great Mississippi River. For up-to-date information on MRAD check out Rotary Club of Prairie du Chien on Facebook.

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is the most visited refuge in the United States. The refuge extends 261 miles along the Upper Mississippi River from Wabasha, MN to Rock Island, IL, protecting and preserving habitat for migratory birds, fish, and a variety of other wildlife.

This 240,000-acre refuge was established in 1924.

In addition to being the most visited refuge in the country, the “Upper Miss” Refuge has the added complexity of a major navigation system, including 11 locks and dams, within its boundary. It is also a world-class fish and wildlife area which harbors 306 species of birds; 119 species of fish; more than 300 active bald eagle nests; thousands of heron and egret nests; spectacular concentrations of canvasback ducks, tundra swans, and white pelicans; and several threatened or endangered species.