WOW! A new record amount of 11,331 Sandhill cranes were counted staging at the Refuge the week of October 28, 2015. This far exceeds previous years counts of just over 8,000 cranes during annual migration. Looks like the management of the refuge is getting approval of those creatures needing a great stopping place enroute to their winter homes.
As of November 20 the number of sandhill cranes in area has decreased to 3855 birds. There is still good viewing during morning and evening flights in and out of refuge but it will not likely maintain this for long. The cool northwest winds will soon encourage the cranes to leave Sherburne NWR for another year. See you all back here in fall 2016.
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.
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.