WHO, WHERE, WHEN
From 2-3 p.m. and again from 4-5 p.m. on November 22, Chase and Ed Davies will be at the Brownsville Overlook to talk about what swans and dabbling ducks are in sight, the life histories of the swans, and management challenges of the constantly changing river. Sundown is at 4:37; the sight of swans returning from feeding areas to congregate overnight in Pool 8 is an unforgettable experience and the reason for this late-day meeting.
From 3-4 p.m., Chase and Ed will be at the Hwy 26 overlook, a mile south of the Brownsville Overlook. Diving ducks feed in this part of Pool 8, possibly including canvasbacks and mergansers.
DIRECTIONS The time and travel distance are nearly the same whether you travel to Rochester, then use I-90, or if you travel along the river on US 61 in MN or partly in WI to I-90 North of LaCrescent MN, I-90 crosses the river between MN and WI. Take US 61 and/or I-90 to MN 16 South; about 3 miles south of LaCrescent, on a curve stay left at the junction with MN 26. Stay on MN 26 to the Brownsville Overlook, which is 3 miles south of Brownsville. The Hwy 26 Overlook is another 1.5 miles south of the Brownsville Overlook.
INSTRUCTIONS Dress for cool temperatures and probable winds on the river bank, including a warm hat and gloves.
SAFE BIRDING GUIDELINES Wear a face mask and observe social distancing. Sharing equipment is not safe, but bring a spotting scope for your own use, binoculars, a field guide, or a camera with a telescopic lens.
DIFFICULTY Overlooks are curbside to parking and are handicap accessible.
AMENITIES In the past, Brownsville Overlook has had a handicap-accessible portable outhouse.
RESERVATION not needed
REGISTRATION Please sign in at the overlooks.
LEADERS Chase and Ed Contact: 651 246 9754