"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in."
Friends Annual Meeting: Tuesday January 20, 2015 at Bailey Ray's in Santiago. See details in Friends Events page (select tab at left).
Blue Hill and Mahnomen Trails open for Refuge access
With the Wildlife Drive closed for the year there remains open for visits the hiking trails at Mahnomen and XC Ski trails at Blue Hill. A visit on December 12 found the Blue Hill Trail with enough snow to XC ski, but only hiking tracks found. It was a nice visit even though the winter warmup is causing snow to melt, the gray skies to lend a dreary hue on landscape, and the days are so short. But it does help the holiday spirits to go out and get some exercise as we wait for a fresh coating of snow. We ask hikers to respect the ski trails as we get fresh snow cover and we near January 27 moonlight ski event. Mahnomen Hiking Trail also offers great views of winter landscapes, glimpses of wildlife activity, and plenty of fresh air.
Enchanted Forest is Great to Visit Throughout the Year
Trails at Blue Hill for XC Skiing
Plants in Winter Mode and Animal Tracks
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. The eaglets hatched in March. On June 8, 2014 two healthy looking eaglets are seen 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 nest to add new sticks to prepare for the following 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 eagles 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 2015 breeding. 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.