|Featured bird for Sept.: Common Merganser (see photo at top)
Lake Pepin is an important migratory stopover and provides critical habitat for birds like the Common Merganser. The lake also helps to improve the quality of Mississippi River water for hundreds of miles downstream. Unfortunately, Lake Pepin is filling in with sediment at 10 times its historical rate. Audubon Minnesota is working with Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance and other partners to ensure a healthy lake and river, habitat for birds and wildlife, better recreational access, and a stronger local economy. Read more
about saving the Common Merganser's habitat.
Photo below: Tim Schlagenhaft, Audubon Minnesota Upper Mississippi River Program Manager, describes Lake Pepin's restoration needs on a community outreach trip last summer.
Photo Credit: Samantha Bengs