Refuge hosts Spring Celebration of Nature

Bird tours, a plant sale, live animal presentations and other activities will unfold Saturday, May 10, at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge’s Spring Celebration of Nature.

The event begins with an early bird tour from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Participants will meet at the Mahnomen Trail on County Road 9 for this car caravan tour. 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.

Other events will include the annual Friends of Sherburne Plant Sale featuring domestic perennials and native wildflowers. Children are invited to decorate a pot and plant a flower for mom.  The Eagle’s Nest Nature Store will also be open.

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

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

To register for the early bird tour, email the refuge at:sherburne@fws.gov with your name and number of participants, or call 763-389-3323 ext. 10 to leave this information.

Refuge Headquarters is located on Sherburne County Road 9, 5 miles west of Highway 169.

For additional refuge information, go to www.fws.gov/refuge/sherburne.

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