A voluntary waterfowl avoidance area will once again be in effect during the 2019 fall migration on areas of Navigation Pools 7 and 8 of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Buoys have been placed at commonly used access points in both areas to alert boaters.
Waterfowl are sensitive to human activity occurring near their resting and feeding areas. Even relatively distant boating activity may be enough to cause the birds to flush and burn valuable energy reserves. Boaters who voluntarily throttle down and avoid concentrations of waterfowl, wherever they occur, will help the birds accumulate fat reserves needed for the remainder of their long migrations. To further reduce disturbance to waterfowl concentrated in the Goose Island No Hunting Zone, the use of motors is prohibited.
For more information, contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service La Crosse District Office at (608) 779-2399 or visit the Visitor Center, located at N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI.