Celebrate Nature at Sherburne NWR

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Celebrate the arrival of spring at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, May 10.  The celebration begins with an Early Bird Tour at 7:00 a.m., which will end at approximately 11:00 a.m.  Participants will meet at the Mahnomen Trail on County Road 9 for this car caravan tour.  The group will search for migrant songbirds such as warblers and sparrows, as well as raptors, waterfowl and shorebirds.  Intermediate and experienced birders will enjoy this trip.  Participants must pre-register by either calling or emailing the refuge.

A shorter, more leisurely bird tour will be offered for families from 10:30 a.m. to noon, meeting at Refuge Headquarters.  Bring binoculars, water and cameras.  The refuge has binoculars which may be loaned out for the tour.  No pre-registration required.

Gardeners eagerly await the annual Friends of Sherburne Plant Sale, where they can pick up a variety of domestic perennials and native wildflowers.  Master Gardeners will be on hand for consultation.  Children are invited to decorate a pot and plant a flower for mom.  The Eagle’s Nest Nature Store will also be open, featuring a variety of books, clothing, jewelry and gifts.

Audubon Center of the North Woods staff will be on hand with live birds, reptiles, amphibians and Spike, the porcupine.  Presentations about these critters will be held on the half hour.  Prairie Restorations staff will also be sharing information on use of native plants in your landscaping.

All activities except the early bird tour will be held at Refuge Headquarters on County Road 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Events are free.

To register for the Early Bird Tour, email the refuge at:   HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected] [email protected] with your name and number of participants, or call (763) 389-3323 ext. 10 to leave this information. TTY users may access the Refuge through the Federal Information Relay Service at 800/ 877-8339.

Refuge Headquarters is located on Sherburne County Road 9, 5 miles west of Highway 169.  It’s just a 15-minute drive from the communities of Princeton and Zimmerman, or 30 minutes from St. Cloud.  For additional refuge information, visit our web site at:  http://www.fws.gov/refuge/sherburne/.