Sandhill Creates at sunset - Sherburne National Wildllife Refuge

Photo by: Monica Bryand

Video by: Bruce Ellingson

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Late Summer at the Refuge

Goldenrod and big bluestem are making their appearance among the late blooming swamp milkweed, coneflowers, and hoary vervain. Birds are quieter as they prepare for migration. 


There will be a Wildlife Festival this year!  Keep Saturday October 1 free for this family friendly event.  See Upcoming Events for more details. Note that the event will be modified or canceled if local Covid statistics significantly worsen. 


Refuge HQ is open standard hours: Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.  The nature store at HQ will remain closed for a while.  The Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive is open and soon "Rovers" (volunteer naturalists) will be driving it to answer questions.


The Friends have a need more more volunteers the Eagles Nest Nature Store on the Refuge. Hours are very flexible and you can do this as part of the RSVP program if youlike.  Questions?   Send us email at

Members receive semi-annual newsletters in their mail.  You can now view June 2022 PDF version.

See Upcoming events for a schedule of on-site information.


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


For event updates, please consult the following resources:

Photo by: Michael Woodard

Sherburne Refuge has three Great America Outdoors Act Maintenance Positions open now through July 19!.  See Please help spread the word by sharing with anyone you know. For questions or details about the positions, reach out to Greg Dehmer (763-389-3323 ext 102).


  • Wage Grade 8 permanent positions ($27.68 - $32.28 per hour)

  • Required to travel 50-75% of the time

  • Have to sign a mobility agreement to be placed at another station once Great America Outdoors Act funding runs… 

See more info at USAJOBS


Photo by: Bruce Ellingson

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

- Dean Kleinhans, volunteer

Autumn Leaves on the ground.

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Photo by: Bruce Ellingson