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Photo by: Bruce Ellingson

Butterly and Eponymous Seed at Sherburne NWR by David Halgrimson July4

Autumn Approaches

Warblers and shorebirds are again using our refuge as a stop on their seasonal migration. It's also a great time to see wildflowers.

Our annual Wildlife Festival is happening September 30 from 10am to 2pm.  Exhibits and activites for all ages and food triucks as well.  Normally closed refuge roads will also be open during that time - a rare treat!  Please consider volunteering a few hours ahead and after those hours for setup and cleanup.

Aboout mid-October we'll see the return of large numbers of Sandhill Cranes as they migrate South. Check back here then or on our Facebook page for more detailed information.


Refuge HQ is open standard hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 4 pm.   The Eagle's Nest Nature Store is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 10-2.


Members receive semi-annual newsletters in their mail.  New! You can now view the Summer 2023 PDF version.

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


For event updates, please consult the following resources:

Photo by: David Halgrimson

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The Friends have launched the Go Wild! 2023 Amphitheater Campaign to build an outdoor amphitheater at the Oak Savanna Learning Center. Your gift now will help us better support educational and recreational activities.
For more infomation, go to the Go WIld! page or download this PDF.

Art by: Damon Farber


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

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