"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in."
Wildlife Drive Closed as of Thursday November 6 at Dusk
During the Minnesota state gun deer season the Wildlife Drive will be closed. This closure starts at dusk Thursday November 6. With the recent early season snow it is unlikely the Drive can be reopened for this year. Please call Refuge Headquarters at 763-389-3323 ext. 10 to find out if it is open before traveling to refuge for this. There remains open for visits the hiking trails at Mahnomen and XC Ski trails at Blue Hill along County 9 not far from Headquarters.
The Crane Tour events are over but there is still plenty of great viewing both during flights from and to the roost site and also in local fields where the cranes feed during the day. There are updates and maps available at refuge headquarters on County Road 9 and a link to general map under Refuge Events.
View the video below offered by Jill Lovro Beim to see what morning lift off from the roost typically looks and sounds like. She was lucky to find an area of the refuge where visitors can drive up to watch this just around dawn. Look at the Friends Facebook page for more pictures and videos of this very special time at the refuge.
The Friends of Sherburne believe that the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is a unique natural resource and that we can help the community develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Refuge and its mission.
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge consists of 30,700 acres of Federal land that represents a diverse biological community characteristic of the transition zone between tallgrass prairie and forest. The refuge was established to protect and restore the habitats associated with the St. Francis River Valley for migratory birds and other wildlife purposes. The focus of the Refuge is on the restoration of oak savanna , wetland, and big woods habitats.
The Refuge is located approximately 9 miles northwest of Zimmerman, Minnesota and roughly 50 miles northwest of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.
For information on any event or other questions about the refuge call the refuge office at 763-389-3323 during normal office hours: M-F 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Live MN-DNR Eagle Cam
The following link takes you to a live web-cam focused on an eagle nest somewhere in Minnesota. As of June 8, 2014 two healthy looking eaglets are active in the nest. As of late August the nest is empty most of the time. In November the adult eagles are occasionally seen visiting the next to add new sticks to prepare for the following seasons breeding season. Breeding normally starts in February. Read below the viewing screen on DNR website to learn the latest about the birds.
Sherburne Refuge is a part of the remarkable success stories in the return of our national bird. After the decline in populations around the country due to pesticide use in 1960's no birds were found nesting on the refuge until 1983. In 2013 there were 13 nests throughout the refuge, and 10 had nesting success. Several of these nests can be viewed by visitors along the roadways or Wildlife Drive. The violent weather of July 2014 brought down 3 nests but it is expected they will rebuild for the 2015 nesting season. Call the refuge office at 763-389-3323 ext. 10 to learn about latest information on the Eagles at Sherburne NWR.
June 8, 2014 two healthy eaglets are eating fish
Please reference Fish and Wildlife Service website for Sherburne Refuge at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/sherburne/ for an up-to-date list of events on Refuge and general information on Refuge facilities and resources.