Photo by: Bruce Ellingson

Video by: Bruce Ellingson

Birders will tell you that the call of the eastern towhee sounds like "Drink your tea!" If you have a good imagination, you can almost hear the towhee in Bruce Ellingson's photo inviting you to "Drink your tea, with me, at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge!"

Tea or no tea, now is a great time for a refuge visit. Not only is this a peak time for prairie flowers and refuge wildlife sightings, but now Refuge Headquarters (HQ) will be OPEN from 10 am till 4 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Indoor restrooms at HQ are open, and you may once again purchase America the Beautiful passes for entrance to national parks, forests, and other federal recreation sites. The Eagle's Nest Nature Store at HQ will remain closed, as will the Oak Savanna Learning Center classrooms and their indoor restrooms. HOWEVER, the Eagle's Nest Nature Store at the Learning Center will be OPEN on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 am till 2 pm starting this week.


Volunteer Opportunity

We have an opening for an Assistant Store Manager! Volunteer will lead in coordinating business aspects of the Friends' Eagles Nest nature store.

See the position description for more information. Reach out by email at

New Online Nature Store

Our new online store is here! You can have your order shipped or pick it up curbside at the Learning Center.  Check the merch out at Sherburne Eagles Nest Store – Sherburne Eagle's Nest Store


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


For event updates, please consult the following resources:

Photo by: Bruce Ellingson

Photo by: Bruce Ellingson

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