ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Visitors of the La Crosse District Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge had a chance to learn about birds of prey Saturday.
Expert Joan Schnabel brought in a red-tailed hawk and great horned owl that cannot be released into the wild, and discussed their eating habits and behaviors.
Visitor Services manager Paula Ogden-Muse said the program is a way for people to learn the role these bird of prey play in the ecosystem.
"It's like a puzzle," Ogden-Muse said. "We need to save all of the pieces otherwise the puzzle isn't complete. And sometimes people don't get the right information so having someone like Dr. Schnabel here to teach us the right information will help us protect these animals."
Refuge staff is currently working to restore more than two miles of trails around the facility.
Visitors can walk those trails to spot birds, flowers and other wildlife.