Photo by: Bruce Ellingson

Video by: Bruce Ellingson

NEW!!   A Birding Map for the Refuge

Refuge staff and Friends' volunteers have collaborated on a printable PDF map of the refuge.   This will only be available from the Friends.  For now you can download and print from the PDF.  Or, if you prefer, download a zipped JPEG file version.  Soon this will be mailed to members and donors as as part of the Summer newsletter!


Volunteer Opportunity

We have an opening for an Assistant Store Manager! Volunteer will lead in coordinating business aspects of the Friends' Eagles Nest nature store.


Volunteer will lead in accounting tasks for the Friends nature store at two locations and online store, including scheduling store volunteers, preparing orders for pickup/delivery and providing monthly reports to the board. Volunteer will be a backup for the store manager..

See the position description for more information. Reach out by email at

New Online Nature Store

Our new online store is here! You can have your order shipped or pick it up curbside at the Learning Center.  Check the merch out at Sherburne Eagles Nest Store – Sherburne Eagle's Nest Store


For daily bird sightings as recorded in eBird,  check out .


For event updates, please consult the following resources:

Photo by: Bruce Ellingson

Sandhill Crane Celebration Fundraiser Success!

TIt’s time to celebrate! We’ve reached our fundraising goal for the Sandhill Celebration. Thank you to all who donated. Your support will support the refuge with education for children in nature’s classroom, upgraded visitor facilities/ information and both online and in-person future events. Stay connected to the refuge and keep in touch!


Check out all the fun and GIVE NOW at

Video by: Bruce Ellingson/USFWS


Photo by: Bruce Ellingson

See the Upcoming Events Page for information on postponed or cancelled activities.
Click here for Refuge COVID-19 info.

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

- Dean Kleinhans, volunteer

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Photo by: Bruce Ellingson