Great River Birding Festival
 Festival Kickoff: Celebration of River Ecology & History

Gather with fellow bird enthusiasts and river rats as we kick off the 2nd Annual Great River Birding Festival. This evening program will be a joint presentation by the National Eagle Center, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Upper Mississippi River Refuge and the All Nations School. A live Bald Eagle will be present and the USFWS staff will bring their “time capsule” as part of the 100th celebration of the National Wildlife Refuge system. Bring along something that you would like to contribute to the Time Capsule. Refreshments will be served. Festival Headquarters Bluff View Elementary School. 1156 Lakewood Ave.

 Key Note Speaker: Mike Davis,
 Mississippi River Ecologist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
"The Upper Mississippi River: Reflections on the Past, Visions for the Future"

A presentation on the history and ecology of the Upper Mississippi River Valley.

Because it is North America's largest river and its geographic north-south orientation, the Mississippi has been a significant aquatic ecosystem and a vital continental migration corridor for thousands of years. Since European settlement the basin of the Mississippi, and the river itself, have been changed dramatically. Ecological consequences of these changes are increasingly severe, and demand a reevaluation of government policies and human uses affecting the river.

 At Home in the Big Woods - Book Reading & Signing

Visit with author Nancy Overcott as she reads selections from her new book, “At Home in the Big Woods”. Explore the rich flora and fauna of this unique habitat in southeastern Minnesota’s Fillmore County. Through her wonderful writing, Nancy brings readers the voices and faces of the wild things in her daily life in a way that stirs the spirit and connects the soul to the land she loves. A respected state naturalist, Nancy Overcott has traveled the backroads and underbrush of this remarkable landscape for 25 years, journaling, learning and conserving the Big Woods for herself and for generations to come.

 Flights of Fancy - Childrens Artwork & Poetry

Artwork, poetry, and birdhouses presented by the children of Bluff View Elementary School. A child’s view of Nature teaches us much about what we have lost in growing up. Their appreciation is always genuine, often based in true emotion, and in the best cases, unfettered by formal adult sensibilities. Our children still possess an unjaded sense of wonder for the Natural world, ...we will spend a lifetime trying to recapture that nurturing spirit.

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