Photo Gallery

A brilliant red sunset.

A blooming blue flag iris.

A majestic bald eagle in flight.

A group of kids laughing along the trail.

 

From grand scale to microcosmic. From a whole spectrum of colors to monochromatic. There's always something to be captured at the refuge. Captured with your camera, that is! 

Every week in every season brings a change in habitat, whether it is plants and trees in bloom, water level changes due to rain or management practices, grasses and sedges in the prairie, or resident and migrating waterfowl, insects, and mammals.

 

The Friends of Sherburne have created a guide to what may be found and "captured" at the refuge throughout the months of the year. The study of the annual calendar of changes in nature is called phenology. Our phenology guide (Nature's Calendar) can be viewed/downloaded here or hard copies are available at the refuge headquarters during normal business hours and at kiosks in parking areas throughout the refuge.  

Our photo galleries below give you a sampling of the beautiful flora, fauna, and fellowship you might experience while visiting the refuge. We invite you to stop by often and discover your own favorite time of year to hike, bike, fish or just drive through the refuge! Fishing can be conducted at the fishing access points and visitors can bike the Wildlife Drive during sanctuary.

PhotoFanatic?

The Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Photography Club holds meetings at the Oak Savanna Learning Center on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm. 
 

They welcome and encourage new members to attend and all experience levels are welcome. They also schedule field trips, educational programs and other opportunities as they arise. Join their Facebook group for more information and to see what's happening!  

Do you have a photo you'd like to add to the gallery below?Email: FriendsofSherburne@gmail.com.

Photo by:  Mary Carlson
Photo by: Mary Carlson

Great Horned Owl

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Photo by:  Sheila Skogen
Photo by: Sheila Skogen

Sunset over the prairie

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Photo by:  Cathy Perkins
Photo by: Cathy Perkins

Banded-winged Meadowhawk

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Photo by:  Mary Carlson
Photo by: Mary Carlson

Great Horned Owl

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September

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BlueHillNLightsJulyBasilOwen

Northern Lights over Blue Hill in Sherburne NWR. Photo by Basil Owen

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Photo by: Stephanie Larson
Photo by: Stephanie Larson

Smokey Skies Stephanie Larson Photography

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Photo by:  Mark Nicholson
Photo by: Mark Nicholson

Great Spangled Fritillary

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BlueHillNLightsJulyBasilOwen

Northern Lights over Blue Hill in Sherburne NWR. Photo by Basil Owen

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August

Photo by:  Suzanne Fish
Photo by: Suzanne Fish

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Photo by:  Doug DeDecker
Photo by: Doug DeDecker

The clearing of a July storm.

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Photo by:  Cathy Perkins
Photo by: Cathy Perkins

Variegated Meadowhawk

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Photo by:  Suzanne Fish
Photo by: Suzanne Fish

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July

Photo by:  Jill Lovro Beim
Photo by: Jill Lovro Beim

Eastern Meadow Lark

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Photo by: Travis Bonovsky
Photo by: Travis Bonovsky

Prairie Lupine

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Photo by:  Julie Heidelberger
Photo by: Julie Heidelberger

Lupines at sunset.

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Photo by:  Jill Lovro Beim
Photo by: Jill Lovro Beim

Eastern Meadow Lark

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June

Photo by:  Connie Hays
Photo by: Connie Hays

Blackburnian Warbler at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

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Photo by:  Sheila Skogen
Photo by: Sheila Skogen

Spring blooms

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Photo by:  Mark Nicholson
Photo by: Mark Nicholson

Prairie Smoke

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Photo by:  Connie Hays
Photo by: Connie Hays

Blackburnian Warbler at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

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May

Photo by:  Tanya Piatz-Sandberg
Photo by: Tanya Piatz-Sandberg

American Woodcock at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

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Photo by:  Tanya Piatz-Sandberg
Photo by: Tanya Piatz-Sandberg

Red Wing Black Bird

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Photo by:  Sandy Clemens
Photo by: Sandy Clemens

Pasque Flowers

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Photo by:  Tanya Piatz-Sandberg
Photo by: Tanya Piatz-Sandberg

American Woodcock at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

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April

Raccoon at Sherburne NWR Photo by:  Mary Carlson
Raccoon at Sherburne NWR Photo by: Mary Carlson

Racoon

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Photo by:  Sheila Skogen
Photo by: Sheila Skogen

White-breasted Nuthatch

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Photo by:  Shelby Rae
Photo by: Shelby Rae

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Raccoon at Sherburne NWR Photo by:  Mary Carlson
Raccoon at Sherburne NWR Photo by: Mary Carlson

Racoon

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March

Refuge Snow
Refuge Snow

Round-headed Bush Clover at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Sheila Skogen.

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Bald Eagle on hoarfrost
Bald Eagle on hoarfrost

Bald Eagle at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Photo by Mary "Karlie" Carlson.

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Photo by: Mary "Karlie" Carlson
Photo by: Mary "Karlie" Carlson

February sunset at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge.

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Refuge Snow

Round-headed Bush Clover at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Sheila Skogen.

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February

Photo by:  John Casey
Photo by: John Casey

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Photo by: Jean Davids
Photo by: Jean Davids

Frozen bubble

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Photo by: John Casey
Photo by: John Casey

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Photo by:  John Casey
Photo by: John Casey

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January

Photo by:  Kari Noble
Photo by: Kari Noble

American Bittersweet

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Photo by:  Mary Carlson
Photo by: Mary Carlson

Frozen pond

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Photo by:  John Casey
Photo by: John Casey

Winter sky

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Photo by:  Kari Noble
Photo by: Kari Noble

American Bittersweet

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December

Photo by Brian Tennessen Rough-legged Hawk at Sherburne NWR
Photo by Brian Tennessen Rough-legged Hawk at Sherburne NWR

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Photo by:  Shelby Rae
Photo by: Shelby Rae

American Bittersweet

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Photo by:  Verna Burns
Photo by: Verna Burns

Prairie grass.

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Photo by Brian Tennessen Rough-legged Hawk at Sherburne NWR
Photo by Brian Tennessen Rough-legged Hawk at Sherburne NWR

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November

Photo by Monica Bryand
Photo by Monica Bryand

Sandhill Cranes by Moonlight near St. Francis Pool in Sherburne NWR

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Photo by:  Shelby Rae
Photo by: Shelby Rae

Sunset at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge drive.

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Photo by:  Tanya Piatz-Sandberg
Photo by: Tanya Piatz-Sandberg

Cloudy day on the prairie.

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Photo by Monica Bryand
Photo by Monica Bryand

Sandhill Cranes by Moonlight near St. Francis Pool in Sherburne NWR

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October