Crowds gather in Brownsville for Annual Waterfowl Observation Day

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Brownsville, Minn. (WXOW) –  With the weather getting colder, many birds are taking a journey to warmer locations.

Saturday, a large number of birds, swans, ducks, and more could be seen together on the Mississippi River.

Crowds of people gathered at the Brownsville Wildlife Overlook on Saturday to take part in Annual Waterfowl Observation Day. The event is hosted by the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Friends of the Refuge, and Friends of the Upper Mississippi.

“This is one of the most important stops for them,” Friends of the Refuge-Mississippi River Pools 7 & 8 President, Ruth Nissen said.

“Particularly for the young swans because they’ve been on the move since September.”

Waterfowl typically spend six months of the year migrating and today people got the chance to see them rest, feed, and prepare for the long trek that lies ahead.


A group of men use binoculars to see the waterfowl up close.
Joe Van Ryn

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