Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge help provide visitors with an opportunity to view whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, Karner blue butterflies, whitetail deer, turkeys, red-headed woodpeckers, wolves, swans, migratory wildfowl, songbirds and black bear.

Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge are dedicated to providing time and funds to support the many activities of the refuge. As volunteers, we give over 10,000 hours each year to refuge projects and every dollar we receive is returned 100% to fund those efforts.

Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge help provide visitors with an opportunity to view whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, Karner blue butterflies, whitetail deer, turkeys, red-headed woodpeckers, wolves, swans, migratory wildfowl, songbirds and black bear.

Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge help provide visitors with an opportunity to view whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, Karner blue butterflies, whitetail deer, turkeys, red-headed woodpeckers, wolves, swans, migratory wildfowl, songbirds and black bear.

Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge help provide visitors with an opportunity to view whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, Karner blue butterflies, whitetail deer, turkeys, red-headed woodpeckers, wolves, swans, migratory wildfowl, songbirds and black bear.

Snow is falling this morning making a soft white blanket over all the landscape. So peaceful and quiet. Photos by Katie Goodwin ... See MoreSee Less

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Hope you all had a safe and successful hunt. Enjoying a beautiful morning. Usually the Whooping Cranes depart the refuge around Thanksgiving. We have seen some into early December if pools remain unfrozen. ... See MoreSee Less

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Roger was out at the refuge this week and it didn't disappoint! Have a safe weekend everyone. I won't be posting again until Monday.🦅🦌 ... See MoreSee Less

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Hunting is allowed in the Necedah NWR and adjoining Meadow Valley lands. The 9 day gun deer season begins this Saturday. Please follow the State regulations and pick up hunting brochures at the many kiosks for specific refuge regulations. The hiking trails and Observation Tower are closed during the gun hunting season for your safety. Have a safe and successful hunt. ... See MoreSee Less

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Virtual Art Gallery

The Friends Announce Their Virtual Art Gallery

The Friends of NNWR are excited to continue the Artist-of-the-month program despite the Visitor Center being closed. During the month of October our featured artist is Ann Herzog Wright.

Ann is fascinated with people, landscapes and the natural world. Although a realist, she is also an impressionist who infuses her work with an interplay of light and structure.

Ann studied art at the University of Wisconsin and Postdam University in Germany.

Her work has been included in many important shows throughout the United States including the Society of American Impressionists, Pastel Society of America, Arts in the Parks, Artists of America, The Great American Artists of America and Oil Painters of America.

In addition her work has been featured in many regional shows including the Bergstrom-Mahler Show in Neenah, WI where her work won an award.  Her husband David Wright, a renowned sculptor also has a piece featured in our October show.

David and Ann have set up a special gallery on their website with nature-themed art for the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge “show.” You can access it with the link below to enjoy the art and to make a purchase.  20% of sales from this page will be donated to the Friends Group for our on-going work.

https://www.artsbywrights.com/home/necedah-nat-wildlife-refuge-exhibition/

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Continuing the Dream

When the new visitor center opened in 2011, the Ellen Allen classroom needed to be razed. Since then, we have envisioned an outdoor amphitheater at the site to give the many children who visit the refuge another opportunity to learn about nature and the environment. The site will include benches and interactive areas to enhance the educational experience. The site is just east of the visitor center and already has a path installed.

In 2018, we began to put the dream in motion by using the proceeds from our Silent Auction program. The program gave refuge visitors the opportunity to bid on framed wildlife artworks provided by Friends Tom and Shirley Horner. The money raised was used to complete phase 1 of the project. We built two seat walls for presentations and a bear claw sand area for fun.

It’s time to move on to the next phase. This will include a trail system and interactive kiosks to educate and entertain our young guests, To fund this effort, we have decided to use our very successful “Giving Tree” promotion. If you’ve visited the refuge lately, I’m sure you have seen the beautiful tree painted on the wall leading to the patio. That “Giving Tree” was painted by Jay Jocham, a nationally recognized artist and proud Friends member to symbolize the gateway to the refuge and its many adventures.  We plan to give the tree life by placing “leaves” on it that you donated. There are three levels of leaves: Gold – $500; Silver – $250.00 and Copper – $100.00. Each leaf can be personalized with your name and the year of your donation. There is a convenient form below for you to use.

All donations to the Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge are tax deductible and your employer may be willing to match your contribution under their charitable plan.

We want to thank you in advance for your contribution and your continuing support of our efforts. These projects are all important and we know you will support them by volunteering and/or sending your check today. For now, send your check to Friends of NNWR, N11385 Headquarters Rd, Necedah WI 54646. Our new and improved website has the PayPal option available for you but time is critical so act now.

 

 

 

FRIENDS, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Dear Friends and Visitors,

We miss all of you. With the closing of the Visitor Center in March due to covid-19, our plans for events and programs were all put on hold or cancelled until next year. One of the causalities of this mess was the Birds, Bees and Butterflies event planned for June. As part of the event, we developed a weather-proof pocket guide featuring the Karner Blue butterfly and the wild lupine here at the refuge. The pocket guide was produced by Waterford Press and is exclusive to the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Our plan was to have it available at the event and at the Karner Korner Nature Store for purchase. Well, after spending over $2,000 on the guide and with $0.00 sales from our nature store since March, we’re appealing to our Friends family for help.
With each $25.00 donation we receive, we will send you a first edition Karner Blue Butterfly Pocket Guide for your enjoyment.  Hit the Donate Now below to use your credit card or the  Mail Order  button to send a check.Thanks so much for your continued support.

   

 

 

Important News & Notices

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Great News! The Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge have been awarded the 2018 Molly Krival National Wildlife Refuge System Friends Group of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by a group of dedicated volunteers in Friends organizations who provide essential services to the Refuge System. All of our many Friends around the world share in this prestigious award and we thank you for your generous contributions of time, funds, and encouragement that made this award possible.  

 

Friends Announce Speakers Bureau opportunity.

The Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge have developed an informative and entertaining presentation for service clubs, senior citizen centers, and other community-based organizations interested in what’s happening at the refuge. Our team will come to your meeting and give your group insights into and views of our 44,000 acres of wildlife habitat.

If your group is within a 50-mile circle of the refuge, email us at contact@friendsofnnwr.org to learn more details. Leave a phone number so we call call you about scheduling.




 


Thank you for visiting Friends of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.

“Our vision is connecting people with wildlife and nature today, tomorrow and forever”

The Refuge Needs You!

Founded by a small group of dedicated volunteers in 1999, the Friends have grown to almost three hundred members around the world. We are nationally recognized for our innovations and initiatives in volunteerism. Our mission is simple: We take a leadership role in promoting public use and enjoyment of our refuge by encouraging and facilitating environmental education and community outreach. We give our time, talent, funds and spirit to support the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge’s work and conservation efforts while advocating for the broader mission of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, all contributions as tax-deductible to the full extent of current law.

The Friends of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Mission Statement:

 

  • Take a leadership role promoting public use and enjoyment of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Encourage and facilitate environmental education and community outreach.
  • Give our time, funds and spirit in support of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge’s work & conversation efforts.
  • Advocate for the mission of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

New Opportunities

The need for volunteers for a variety of activities at the refuge is greater than ever.. Please go to the GET INVOLVED page for your chance to volunteer this year.

Whooper News

Thanks to the efforts of Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, the recovery is working great. Check out their website for the latest news. Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership.

For additional information on the whereabouts of other whooping cranes please visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Getting Here . . .

Located in central Wisconsin, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is 180 miles southeast of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and 150 miles northwest
of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The refuge lies north of Highway 21 and west of Highway 80, with all but a few acres in Juneau County.

To reach the main entrance and office complex, travel 15 miles east on Highway 21 from Interstate 94 at Tomah, Wisconsin; or about three
miles west on Highway 21 from Necedah, Wisconsin. Turn north onto Headquarters Road and travel about two miles to the headquarters.

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Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
N11385 Headquarters Rd., Necedah WI 54646
Phone: 608-565-4467
Email: contact@friendsofnnwr.org