Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge to Celebrate Annual Birding Festival

May 11, 2024

7:00 am - 12:30 pm

Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, W28488 Refuge Road
Trempealeau, WI, 54661

Event Website

(608)539-2311, ext. 1.

On Saturday, May 11th, Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge invites everyone to the Refuge for
our Annual Birding Festival to Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)! Each year the
Refuge celebrates WMBD to encourage support for migratory bird conservation. The theme for
this year’s installment of the annual celebration is “Protect Insects, Protect Birds”.
The festival runs from 7:00am to 12:30pm on Saturday, May 11th. Join us for a few hours or for
the whole celebration. This is an event for the whole family! Some of the activities include early
bird hikes at 7:00 and 9:00 am. There will also be bird banding demonstrations, a kids craft station,
and The River Valley Raptors will be there with live raptors! We will also have the 2024 Best of
Refuge Photo Contest Exhibition for participants to admire and “Swans in the Mississippi River”
presentation at 10:00 am followed by “Cranes Over Wisconsin” presentation at 11:00 am at the
Outdoor Wonders Learning Center.
Hiking groups will be limited to twenty participants and ALL bird hikes during WMBD require
pre-registration. There will be three simultaneous hikes starting at 7:00 am followed by three
simultaneous hikes starting at 9:00 am on Saturday May 11th. Please call (608) 539-2311, ext. 1
to register your spot in the festivities of this year’s WMBD!
WMBD will take place rain or shine but may be cancelled if there’s a high probability of
thunderstorms. In the event the entrance road is flooded and closed, access to the refuge for
WMBD will be through an alternate entrance. Please check our website or Facebook page for flood
Kick off this year’s annual birding festival by attending a talk by Stan Tekiela, renowned wildlife
photographer, author, and naturalist, who will present his entertaining program filled with amazing
photos and fun facts about bird nests. Few creatures can craft such brilliant and involved homes!
Sponsored by The Friends of Trempealeau Refuge. This presentation will be held on May 10th at
Elmaro Vineyard and will begin at 6:30pm, no registration required.