A Brazilian film crew is hoping to film one of the upper Mississippi’s summer traditions — the annual mayfly hatch.
GLOBO TV has asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for permission to shoot the mayflies as part of an ongoing segment on nature and conservation practices across the world.
Filming on the refuge would take place between July 5 and 12, using vehicles, boats, and by foot. The crew would include up to three people, photographer, sound technician, and producer, and be working along the shores and waters between Trempealeau and Lynxville, Wis. Fish and Wildlife Service employees would assist the filmmakers.
While filming could occur at any point, the filmmakers generally plan to shoot between sunset and sunrise, when the mayflies are most active.
The Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting comments through June 25 on any potential impacts to habitat or wildlife. Comments can be sent to deputy refuge manager Mary Stefanski at the Winona office, 51 E. Fourth St., by phone at 507-494-6229, or online at www.fws.gov/refuge/upper_mississippi/river.