Wildlife refuge hosts spring celebration

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge will host a free spring celebration in honor of International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 13.

It will kickoff with a bird tour 7:30-10 a.m. on the Mahnomen Trail. Participants must preregister by either calling or emailing the refuge at [email protected] or 763-389-3323, ext. 104.

At 11 a.m., a shorter, more leisurely bird hike will be offered for families and beginner birders, starting from the Oak Savanna Learning Center. No preregistration is required.

The event’s featured presenter will be the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s national monarch conservation coordinator AnnMarie Krmpotich. At 10:30 a.m. she will share a presentation about the monarch butterfly’s migration, adaptations and habitat.

All other activities will occur from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oak Savanna Learning Center and include Friends of Sherburne’s plant sale, kid crafts and games, guided family hikes, and displays on native plants and pollinators.

The Oak Savanna Learning Center is located one-quarter of a mile west of refuge headquarters off Sherburne County Road 9 at 16797 289th Ave. NW, Zimmerman.

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