"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 March 25-26 prescribed burn near Nelson Pool of Wildlife Drive is complete. This technique of habitat management is one of the most important in the "toolbox" of methods to promote a healthy prairie and oak savanna landscape. Please come and visit the Wildlife Drive again to watch how the plants respond to this much needed disturbance. I visited one day after and already birds were hopping around in the burned material looking for treats that are now revealed. Within two weeks the regrowth will be astounding and much more visible compared to unburned areas.
In an interesting view of eagle eye catching the photographer in the act, Jayme Winkelman recently took this picture while out enjoying spring on the roads around and through the refuge. It is a great reminder that even when certain parts of the refuge are not open to visitors the Sherburne Refuge is special in that so much of it's perimeter is defined by local county roads. These roads are open year round.
Jayme Winkelman photo
You can make the difference! Click below to donate online to the Be Wild Campaign for Youth Nature Education and help outfit the Oak Savanna Learning Center.
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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.
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.