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.
November 19 is Minnesota's annual Give to the Max Day at GiveMN.org.. 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 https://www.givemn.org/organization/Friends-Of-Sherburne-National-Wildlife-Refuge .
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, fws.gov/refuge/sherburne/
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 https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Sherburne/recent_sightings.html .
The outdoor-accessible restrooms are open, but other facilities, including Refute HQ, remain closed.
For event updates, please consult the following resources:
Refuge website: fws.gov/refuge/Sherburne/
This website on the Upcoming Events page
Friends Facebook page: facebook.com/sherburnerefugefans
Friends’ Prairie Insider e-newsletter: To subscribe, enter email address as requested at bottom of this page
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 Give.classy.org/SandhillCelebration
Video by: Bruce Ellingson/USFWS
Photo by: Bruce Ellingson
"On any given visit, nature surprises and delights me."
- Dean Kleinhans, volunteer
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Photo by: Bruce Ellingson