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Photo by: Jill Beim

Video by: Bruce Ellingson

We have an opening for a business manager! Volunteer will lead in coordinating business aspects of the Friends nature store, including financial planning and budget development, maintaining the digital point-of-sale (POS) system, scheduling store volunteers and providing monthly financial reports to the board.


Give to the Max Day Approaches

November 19 is Minnesota's annual Give to the Max Day at Give to the Max is a statewide outpouring of support for thousands of nonprofits and schools across Minnesota. Early Giving began November 1. Matching grants are often announced during the day so your donation may be increased at no cost to you.


You can support Friends of Sherburne by donating at .  

Crane Watching Continues

Hundreds of sandhill cranes are still staging at the refuge during their migration south. From mid-October to early November the refuge hosts thousands of cranes as they roost at night in refuge wetlands. They fly out to area croplands to forage during the day.


As of the November 5 there were 6,277 sandhills still staging on the refuge! That's a decrease from last week's estimate of 11,244, so the cranes seem to be moving on for the year.


The best time of day for viewing is dawn or dusk when the cranes are leaving or returning to their roost sites. A sandhill crane fact sheet and map with information about the best crane viewing areas is available at the refuge website,

Firearm Deer Season Begins

The Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive is closed to vehicle traffic through Sunday, November 15 for the firearm deer season. If weather allows, it will reopen to vehicle traffic on Monday, November 16!


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


The outdoor-accessible restrooms are open, but other facilities, including Refute HQ,  remain closed.


For event updates, please consult the following resources:

Photo by: Bruce Ellingson/USFWS

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



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


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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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