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. Several of these nests can be viewed by visitors 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.
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.