This time of year (March 1 through August 31) the refuge closes all but Mahnomen and Blue Hill trails to allow animals privacy and protection from human disturbance during nesting and raising of young. Expect Wildlife Drive to open around mid-April once eagles are able to tolerate closer human presence. During this time fishing access points and the canoe route are open to enjoy the refuge.
photo by Jim Sogaard
April 25th Moth Program at the Refuge is cancelled due to persistant cold weather this spring. Jim Sogaard is still planning to hold the August moth event. Stay tuned for Wildlife Drive to open in next week or so and the next event is Spring Celebration May 10 with bird tours, plant sale and many other fun activities.
"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in."
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.
Sherburne Refuge is a part of the remarkable success stories in the return of our national bird. No birds were found nesting on the refuge until 1983. In 2013 there were 13 nests throughout the refuge, and 10 had nesting success. Many of these visitors can view along the roadways or Wildlife Drive. Call Refuge Headquarters if you want to learn how the nesting activity is at any given time. Ask for Betsy at 763-389-3323 ext. 13.