Fall Open House at Sherburne Refuge

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The Refuge and Friends of Sherburne, will be hosting a Fall Open House at Refuge Headquarters and nearby trailheads Sat., Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Everyone is invited to experience late fall at the refuge and also learn more about the refuge, its history, and how it is managed.  A Wildlife Poker Run will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.  
Participants are asked to meet at Refuge Headquarters on County Road 9 (5 miles west of US 169) at 10 a.m. to pick up a map so that they can drive to the first stop by 10:15.  The entire family can participate.  Participants will collect a poker hand by driving to five special refuge sites to learn about the refuge’s proposed new education facility (and tour the site!); wildlife and habitat management; a bit of history; refuge programs; and the Friends of Sherburne.  They will then return to Headquarters to see whether they have accumulated a winning poker hand.  Prizes will be awarded to those with the top 3 hands.
The event will also feature a book signing by Stan Tekiela, author and nature photographer, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., kids’ crafts and face painting throughout the day, a special outdoor art activity for kids (at 11 a.m. and again at1 p.m.), and musical entertainment for the occasion.
Visitors will be able to shop for the holidays at the Eagle’s Nest Nature Store and bid on holiday gift items at the Friends’ silent auction.  Food will be available for purchase from Firehouse BBQ.
The mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service.  For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov.


Phyllis G. Monson

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