Sherburne refuge offers summer bird tour

Warblers, sparrows, sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, bald eagles and hundreds of other birds call Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman home during the summer months.  Join other birdwatchers on a rambling tour of the woodlands, marshes and oak savanna habitats of the refuge, looking for birds, and learning to recognize them by both sight and song.

Meet the tour leader, Al Schirmacher, at the Mahnomen Trail at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 2.  The tour will end at approximately 11 a.m.  Recent sightings, weather and preferences of the group will determine the itinerary, which may include a car caravan tour along the Prairie’s Edge Wildlife Drive, as well as hiking refuge trails.

The tour is free and open to everyone.  Pre-registration is appreciated, although not required.  Contact the refuge at 763-389-3323 to sign up for the trip and get more details.

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