Summer Opportunity

Bluebird Monitoring at Mines of Spain

May – August
Friday afternoons/Saturday mornings (by appointment)

Love birds?  Love being outside?  Want to tag along on the bluebird trail?  Join Lynn Schroeder of the Dubuque Audubon Society at the Mines of Spain and help her monitor nests, count eggs, and count baby bluebirds.  All ages are welcome.  Call or text her at 608-330-3227 if interested. 

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Refuge 100th Anniversary Logo

Hosted By:  Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge – 100th Anniversary Celebration in the Savanna District

Date:  Saturday, June 8, 2024
Time:  10 AM – 2 PM
Location:  Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071 Riverview Road, Thompson, IL 61285

Join us for a special event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Refuge! We will be hosting an open-house style event with presentations, demonstrations and activities for all ages! These will include, but not be limited to, conservation partner exhibition booths, a presentation of the first 100 years, meeting the faces of the Refuge, live fish identification, boat and river safety talks, flora walks, golf cart tours, an exhibition of the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters photo contest winners, arts and crafts, face painting, and lots of other free fun for everyone!

Questions? Call the Savanna District Office at 815-273-2732. We will update our Facebook post as we continue to develop event activities!  Please stay tuned for more details!

More events, hosted by our partners and partners and Friends Groups, will be hosted up and down the river! Find out more at the 100th anniversary website.

Hosted By:  Dubuque Area Land and Water Legacy

Music, Art and Story Fest to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge and the 50th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act

Date:  Sunday, June 9, 2024
Time:  1:30 – 7 PM
Location:  Smokestack community cultural venue, 62 E. 7th St., Dubuque, IA

The event will start with a story-telling slam, followed by musical performances by Big Blue Sky at 3:00 and Sun Green at 5:00. Big Blue Sky is led by Jon “Hawk” Stravers, leader of the Driftless Area Bird Conservancy. Included will be a reading of a state resolution adopted by the House of Representatives marking June 7 as Upper Mississippi River Refuge Day in Iowa, the day of its establishment by Congress in 1924.  The “Echoes of the Mississippi” art exhibit will open with an artist reception as part of the fest.  The exhibit will reflect on the “majestic beauty of the Mississippi River refuge and its rich biodiversity,” said Ivonne Fals of Dubuque Area Arts Collective.  “The art will play a vital role in commemorating the refuge centennial and the anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, inspiring others to appreciate and protect these invaluable treasures for generations to come,” she added.

To start the event, personal stories of encounters with the river and its inhabitants will be highlighted in the story slam coordinated by Dale Easley. People with short stories to tell in a Moth Radio Hour-like format can contact Easley at

All monies raised will support the Dubuque Area Land, Water and Wildlife Habitat Fund, set up at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque by Dubuque Area Land and Water Legacy. Until June 6, online contributions to the fund of $20 or more will include first floor admission to the art, music and story fest.  Remaining tickets will be available at the door for $25. None of these donations will be used to pay costs of the event.  All will go to the habitat fund
The event is being organized by Chuck Isenhart and co-hosted by Smokestack, which is contributing the venue and sound system.  Dubuque Area Arts Collective is curating the art exhibit.