The Upper Mississippi River serves as a major flyway for waterfowl, eagles and some of Wisconsin's endangered species such as the trumpeter swan or the peregrine falcon. On June 1, 2009, it was designated a Wetland of International Importance making it the 27th US wetland to receive this designation and the 2nd in Wisconsin.

At our back door, is the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife & Fish Refuge. The Center's  50-feet viewing deck (equiped with binoculars and spotting scopes) overlooks the Mississippi River and Lock & Dam #4.

Mississippi River and Lock & Dam #4



Migratory Bird Program
The Migratory Bird Program is responsible for maintaining healthy migratory bird populations for the benefit of the American people

Peregrine Falcon Restoration Project, Dairyland Power Cooperative
Falcon nesting box installed 450 feet up the stack of the Alma Generating Plant in 1994


Freshwater Mussels of the Upper Mississippi River
Nearly 300 species of mussels inhabit freshwater rivers and lakes in North America. This is the richest diversity of mussels found in the world. Their lustrous pearl-like interiors have made them valuable in the cultured pearl and jewelry industries.

Great Wisconsin Birding & Nature Trail
Mapped auto trail reaching throughout the state of Wisconsin with full-color viewing guides and maps.

Wisconsin Wetlands Association
Established in 1969 to protect the state's wetland resources through education, training, advocacy, and research on key issues that affect wetlands.

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
240,000 acre refuge winding through 4 states for 261 miles provides a home for hundreds of species of fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and native plants

Tiffany Bottoms State Natural Area
Tiffany Bottoms State Natural Area is a small portion of the most extensive river delta in the Midwest and contains a representative portion of the larger Tiffany Bottoms floodplain forest

Big Swamp Wildlife Area
Owned by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, acquisition began on the property in 1956 with the goal of protecting winter pheasant cover for pheasants and has since grown to 844 acres in size

Merrick State Park
Owned by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, designated a park since 1919 when the land was donated.

Whitman Dam Wildlife Area
Established in 1965 from land donated to the state of Wisconsin for Merrick State Park in 1919

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Charged with the responsibility of managing the state's wildlife, land, water and air resources in trust for all citizens

US Fish and Wildlife Service
Mission to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife resources in their habitats

Mississippi Valley Conservancy
Conserving the diverse landscapes and natural areas of the Coulee Region of western Wisconsin for future generations.

USDA Forest Service
Responsible for management of National Forest lands and their resources

US Army Corps Of Engineers, St Paul District
Responsible for investigating, developing and maintaining the nation's water and related environmental resources

USACE, Mississippi River Lock & Dam #4
Located on Mississippi River mile 752.8 in Alma, Wisconsin



If you are interested in participating in a sponsored nature event at Wings Over Alma or need additional information,

please contact the Nature & Art Center. Photo courtesy of Wings Over Alma

Wings Over Alma
Nature & Art Center
110 N Main Street
P.O. Box 191
Alma, Wisconsin 54610

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