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May 2015

Sparrows Arrive

May 3, 2015

Most sparrows start arriving the end of April and early May. Watch for Vesper, Lark, Savannah, Grasshopper, Swamp, Song, Lincoln's, Field, Clay-colored, Harris's, White-throated, and White-crowned Sparrows.

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Hummingbirds return

May 8, 2015

average date that hummingbirds return to Morrison County

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May Birdwalk

May 9, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Are you interested in learning about birds and want to know what species can be found around Little Falls during the Spring migration? Join other birders on May 9th at Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge for a morning walk along the Platte River on the Platte River Trail. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Crane Meadows and is free and open to the public. The walk begins at 8:00 am at the Refuge Headquarters and will be about…

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Bird watcher’s paradise

May 10, 2015

May is the peak time to see migratory birds at Crane Meadows. Upwards of 65 species have been counted during the Spring Bird Walk in early May. Many warblers have returned by now, as well as flycatchers and thrushes. Also watch for Bobolinks, Meadowlarks, Orioles, and Tanagers.

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June 2015


June 6, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

The Friends of Crane Meadows NWR are sponsoring a PLANT SALE on Saturday, June 6, from 8 - 10:00 AM.  Native wildflowers and grasses, perennials, houseplants, bulbs, and other types of plants will be available.  The sale will be at Crane Meadows National Wildlife headquarters in the greenhouse.  The sale is a fundraiser to help the Friends provide refuge programs and events.  For more information, call the refuge at 320-632-1575 or check out the Friends Facebook page.  Some of the…

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October 2015

Crane Meadows Closed

October 13, 2015 - October 14, 2015

Alert!!!! The Platte River Trail at Crane Meadows will be closed for use on October 13 and 14 due to the Disabled Deer Hunt being held on the Refuge. Thank you for your understanding and be safe.

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November 2015

Give to the Max Day

November 12, 2015

November 12 is Give to the Max Day when donors have the opportunity to join thousands of donors as they pledge money to their favorite causes. Consider making Friends of Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge your favorite non-profit. The money raised helps the Friends support refuge programs, provide educational materials, and purchase recreational equipment designed to get families back outside. Help us to reconnect families with nature through Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Your donations are tax deductible as Friends…

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