"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in."
The Crane Tour events are over but there is still plenty of great viewing both during flights from and to the roost site and also in local fields where the cranes feed during the day. There are updates and maps available at refuge headquarters on County Road 9 and a link to general map under Refuge Events.
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. As of June 8, 2014 two healthy looking eaglets are active in the nest. As of late August the nest is empty most of the time. At some point the video will be shut down until February 2015. 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. No birds 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 the 2015 nesting season. Call Refuge Headquarters if you want to learn how the nesting activity is at any given time. Call the refuge office at 763-389-3323 to learn about latest information on the Eagles at Sherburne NWR.
June 8, 2014 two healthy eaglets are eating fish
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.