Refuge Fall Festival set for Sept. 29

Naturalist and author Stan Tekiela will be the featured speaker at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge’s Fall Wildlife Festival on Saturday, September 29. Event hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. “Uncommon Facts About Common Birds” will be Stan’s  presentation topic at 11:00 a.m. At 1:00 p.m., the author will talk about “The Lives of Wolves, Coyotes and Foxes.” He will sign books following both talks at the Friends of Sherburne Nature Store, located on the festival grounds.

Booths will include live birds from the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center, live reptiles and amphibians from the Minnesota Herpetological Society, National Wild Turkey Federation’s Jakes BB gun shooting range, red-headed woodpecker and bluebird recovery programs, butterflies and butterfly gardening, the T.I.P. Wall of Shame exhibit, Jr. Duck Stamp Art Program, Northern Exposures Photography Club, MN Hobby Beekeepers Pollination Station, MN Naturalists Assoc., and others.  There will be activities for all ages, including a horse-drawn wagon ride across the oak savanna, nature crafts for kids, geocaching, migration challenge game, scavenger hunt, and a self-guided nature walk. You can also participate in a survey for the Great Lakes Worm Watch. Friends of Sherburne will hold a silent auction to help raise funds for refuge projects.

A hospitality tent will provide coffee, cider, hot chocolate and cookies, as well as a brat and hot dog lunch for a small fee. Celebrate the refuge’s 47th birthday with free cake served at 1:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to everyone. For more information, contact the refuge at 763-389-3323 or e-mail sherburne@fws.gov. Sherburne Refuge is just 15 minutes from the communities of Zimmerman and Princeton, and 30 minutes from St. Cloud. An easy and scenic drive!

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