Latest Happenings for Friends of Sherburne NWR


Friends of Sherburne Strategic Planning Process

2017 Strategic Planning process helped us redefine how our organization can best serve the mission of FWS at Sherburne station and our stakeholders in the communities.  The four Pillars and Objectives shown below served as basis for formation of committees which worked through the year to establish objectives, tactics, timelines and costs to go forward with our plan.  In December 2017 the four committees presented action plans, timelines and funding needs to the board of directors for review. More information will be provided on the plans at our Friends annual meeting on January 16, 2018. Information tables will be staffed by committee members to discuss with the public what we are doing to help make the refuge more meaningful to you, the visiting public. If you are interested in joining in on helping the Friends of Sherburne support the refuge activities,  contact any of the Friends of Sherburne Board of Directors for more information.  You can reach us at info@exploresherburne.org.

Fall Wildlife Festival 2017 was a special event at Oak Savanna Learning Center on Sherburne NWR as the Friends of Sherburne presented to the public a series of paintings by local artist Gary Moss. Gary grew up around Sherburne Refuge, and in his career has received national recognition for his waterfowl paintings. He formed a special partnership with the Friends and Sherburne NWR staff to create this amazing representation of the refuge throughout the seasons. You are welcome to visit and view this art in the lobby of Oak Savanna Learning Center whenever it is open for public events.  Gary presented information on his career and the process of creating this artwork during the afternoon of our Fall Festival.

In fall of 2017 we completed laying pavers recognizing donors at a lifetime level of support for the Friends of Sherburne NWR. In front of Oak Savanna Learning Center donor recognition area are two recently installed benches that were given to recognize two long time refuge volunteers/Friends.

Year End Campaign Results

The Friends of Sherburne wish to thank members and donors for the generous support received in our 2017 year end fund raising campaign. With the challenge grant that started with over $5,000 easily met and exceeded we are looking forward to offering new and exciting activities at the refuge in 2018, along with continuing support for educational visits by existing partner schools.   We thank you all for your support and hope you will get out to the refuge more in the new year.

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November 2017 a photo taken by Jill Peterson just off the northwest edge of Sherburne NWR showed one crane wearing a band.  This photo was supplied to International Crane Foundation and the following report was received on history of this crane.  Thanks Jill for providing the photo and the story.