With the recent snowfall the refuge is on winter footing.   The Prairies Edge Wildlife Drive is closed for the season. Enjoy this time for snowshoeing, birding, photography and (soon) cross country skiing.


A Christmas Bird Count will be held at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) on Wednesday, December 18 starting at 7:30 am at the Oak Savanna Learning Center (16797 289th Ave NW, Zimmerman, MN 55398). Sherburne NWR volunteers survey winter bird species within a radius extending 7.5 miles in all directions from the intersection of Sherburne County Road 9 and County Road 5.


Although no more volunteers are needed for this year’s count, the refuge could still use your help in another way! If you live within 15 miles of the count area, it would be greatly appreciated if you cleaned and filled your bird feeders at least three days before the count.


Additionally, please be aware that on December 18th vehicles may be driving past your home with their occupants fixing their binoculars on your property. Please don’t be concerned! The observers are only interested in the species and numbers of birds on your property.

Photo by Randy Baum.  More Photos...

Prairie Trail Vignette

Robin DeLong, Roving Interpreter on the Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive, highlights the spring Lupine bloom along the Refuge's Prairie Trail. Each year, the bloom occurs beginning about the end of May, depending upon spring weather conditions. 

Photo by Sheila Skogen

Photo by: Bruce Ellingson

Family Friendly Nature Events
See the Upcoming Events Page or the Refuge website for information on Winter events.

"On any given visit, nature surprises and delights me."

- Dean Kleinhans, volunteer

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Photo by: Bruce Ellingson



The Friends of Sherburne nurture an appreciation for and the conservation of the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge through education, volunteerism and philanthropy.

17076 293rd Avenue NW

Zimmerman, MN 55398



Since 1993, the Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (a 501c(3) nonprofit organization) has been a proud partner of the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge.


The refuge is a part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, each refuge manages their designated tract of lands and waters that have been set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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