Spring is a time of constant change. Keep your eyes peeled for these magical signs of spring!

  • Sandhill cranes and Trumpeter Swans re nurturing their young in fields and wetlands

  • The Eagle nest on the Wildlife Drive is active with young 

  • Lupens (purple) and Pucoon (Yellow) are visible on road and trail sides

  • Summer breedng birds are calling strong, especially in the early morning

For daily sightings as recorded in eBird,  check out https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Sherburne/recent_sightings.html .


Caution: poison ivy is leafing out on trail and road sides.  


Rhythm and Brews 2020 Event Cancelled

Due to public health restrictions, this fun event won't happen this year.   We plan to have the 2021 event next April.


All refuge and Friends' events for May and the June Wildflower Tour have been cancelled, for the safety of volunteers, staff and visitors and to prevent encouraging groups of ten or more from gathering. These include the the Photography Hike on May 30 and the June Wildflower Tour.  The latter may be replaced by a live streamed event - stay tuned.   More details on other plans at the Upcoming Events page.


That doesn't have to stop you from enjoying the refuge. All trails and the Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive are open but there are no volunteer naturalists at this time.  Refuge Headquarters is closed to the public.


We urge to do your part when visiting and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups. As long as these practices are observed, visiting the refuge can be a great way to get outdoors, enjoy the weather and avoid cabin fever.

Click here for Refuge COVID-19 info.


Photo by: Jill Beim

Prairie Trail Vignette

Robin DeLong, Roving Interpreter on the Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive, highlights last spring's  Lupine bloom along the Refuge's Prairie Trail. Each year, the bloom occurs beginning about the end of May, depending upon spring weather conditions. 

Video by: Bruce Ellingson

Photo by: Bruce Ellingson

See the Upcoming Events Page for information on postponed or cancelled activities.

"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



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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