Refuge names Ann Pasch Volunteer of the Year

Ann Pasch of Princeton has been named Volunteer of the Year for the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman.

Ann Pasch (left) is Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge's Volunteer of the Year for 2011. Refuge Manager Anne Sittauer presents her with a wildlife print.

She has donated more than 900 hours of volunteer service to the refuge since 1993.

Her volunteer work includes collecting prairie wildflower seeds, working at refuge events, staffing the gift shop and helping establish and maintain a bald eagle nest exhibit at the beginning of the Prairie’s Edge Wildlife Drive.

She also monitored the St. Francis Pool bald eagle nest for many years and is a charter member of the Friends of the Sherburne NWR.

The refuge gave her a framed wildlife print at a recent awards dinner.

Also recognized were:

•Robin DeLong, Princeton, for 5,000 hours of service.

•Pam Spar, Big Lake, for 1,000 hours of service.

•Ten-year pins were given to Terry Andolino, Karen Barneck, Clare Bell, Sharon Evenson, Lorie Orton, Richart Orton, Jim Sogaard, Greg Spar, John Stark, Herm Urbasic, the Klosterman-Schwarting family, St. Cloud State University’s Ecology Club, Cub Scout Pack 93 of Big Lake and the Minnesota Sportsmen’s Club, Zimmerman.