"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in."
Snow to cover Blue Hill Trails for January 31, 2015 Moonlight Ski Event. Pictures below were from earlier in the season when snow was taken for granted. We expect to be able to groom the ski trails on the 31st for the enjoyment of all visitors. As of January 16 we will need 6 inches of new snow to prepare for the event. Please call refuge office to register/confirm this event is still going to happen. 763-389-3323 ext. 13. Flyer for the event available under the REFUGE EVENTS page.
Enchanted Forest is Great to Visit Throughout the Year
Trails at Blue Hill for XC Skiing
Plants in Winter Mode and Animal Tracks
The Friends of Sherburne believe that the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is a unique natural resource and that we can help the community develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Refuge and its mission.
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge consists of 30,700 acres of Federal land that represents a diverse biological community characteristic of the transition zone between tallgrass prairie and forest. The refuge was established to protect and restore the habitats associated with the St. Francis River Valley for migratory birds and other wildlife purposes. The focus of the Refuge is on the restoration of oak savanna , wetland, and big woods habitats.
The Refuge is located approximately 9 miles northwest of Zimmerman, Minnesota and roughly 50 miles northwest of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.
For information on any event or other questions about the refuge call the refuge office at 763-389-3323 during normal office hours: M-F 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Live MN-DNR Eagle Cam
The following link takes you to a live web-cam focused on an eagle nest somewhere in Minnesota. The eagles have returned and layed one egg as of January 21, 2015. Check up on them daily to learn how many more they will lay this year and to watch them tend to the young once hatched. Read below the viewing screen on DNR website to learn the latest about the birds.
Sherburne Refuge is a part of the remarkable success stories in the return of our national bird. After the decline in populations around the country due to pesticide use in 1960's no eagles were found nesting on the refuge until 1983. In 2013 there were 13 nests throughout the refuge, and 10 had nesting success. Several of these nests can be viewed by visitors along the roadways or Wildlife Drive. The violent weather of July 2014 brought down 3 nests but it is expected they will rebuild for 2015 breeding. Call the refuge office at 763-389-3323 ext. 10 to learn about latest information on the Eagles at Sherburne NWR.
Eagle Tending to One Egg January 24, 2015
Please reference Fish and Wildlife Service website for Sherburne Refuge at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/sherburne/ for an up-to-date list of events on Refuge and general information on Refuge facilities and resources.