Clean, fill bird feeders before Dec. 21 count

On Saturday, Dec. 21, volunteers will be surveying the roads and trails in and around the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman, participating in the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count.

The count area is a circle, 15 miles in diameter, with its center at county roads 9 and 5. The northern portion of the circle extends just beyond Highway 95, the southern portion to Eagle Lake; Highway 169 is the eastern edge and to the west, the circle’s edge is just past Santiago.

During a 24-hour period, birders will record every individual bird they see or hear within the count circle. People who live within the count area are encouraged to help out by cleaning and filling their feeders prior to count day, according to Betsy Beneke, refuge visitor services manager.

For more information about the Christmas Bird Count, see