Effigy Mounds, Fish and Wildlife Service shut down

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This sign at the entrance to Effigy Mounds National Monument says it all. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

The 29th annual Hawk Watch at Effigy Mounds National Monument has been canceled due to the partial shutdown of the federal government, which began on Tuesday. The Hawk Watch had been scheduled for Oct. 5 and Oct. 6.
October’s Archeology Month programs have also been canceled at Effigy Mounds.

All trails and facilities at Effigy Mounds are closed for the duration of the shutdown. All social media operated by the National Park Service, including websites, Facebook, and Twitter, are not in operation.

Jim Nepstad, Superintendent of Effigy Mounds, said, “Due to the federal government shutdown, Effigy Mounds National Monument is closing. We’ll reopen as soon as the shutdown ends. In the meantime, the park is closed. This includes the visitor center and all hiking trails. Any events scheduled in the park for the duration of the shutdown will be canceled. We’ll have a skeleton crew around to keep an eye on things, but the park itself will be closed.”

Another federal agency in the Prairie du Chien, Marquette, McGregor area which will be affected by the government shutdown is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The FWS said in a news release, “The McGregor District Office of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge and the Driftless Area National Widlife Refuge are closed as current funding expired on Oct. 1, 2013. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is aware that any lapse in appropriations imposes hardships on those we serve. However, due to this lapse in appropriations all National Wildlife Refuges are closed to the public and all public activities are canceled.
“Only limited functions will continue, such as those necessary to respond to emergencies, perform essential functions and to protect human life or personal property.  

“While the lapse in appropriations remains in effect, public access to Fish and Wildlife Service properties will be prohibited, fish and wildlife management activities and all public programs will be canceled.”

Additional information is available at www.DOI.gov/shutdown.

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