Winterfest this weekend at the Refuge

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Princeton will have three owls and an American kestrel for viewing and photographing during its Winterfest scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Feb. 4.

The activities will be conducted south of the old schoolhouse along Sherburne County Road 9, 5 1/2 miles west of Highway 169.

The three owls will be the great horned, barred and eastern screech owl. The American kestrel is North America’s smallest falcon, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and is a very colorful bird.

All of the Winterfest activities are free and the sleigh rides will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Other planned activities are:

• snowshoeing (bring your own or borrow the refuge’s)

• scavenger hunt

• information on wildlife, winter survival for animals and people, and info on bird feeding and animal tracks, with refuge biologists on hand to explain. Also planned are a scavenger hunt, junior duck stamp contest, nature crafts (making a pine cone bird feeder), bonfire, silent auction, access to the Friends of Sherburne gift shop and food concessions.

The food concessions will offer brat and hot dog lunch, refreshments and cookies.

The silent auction items are donated and the proceeds will go to projects provided by Friends of Sherburne NWR.