"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 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 three eggs as of January 25, 2015. The first egg hatched February 26th. The three became two as one did not survive which is not abnormal. The remaining two birds grew normally and were fledging in mid-May. 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 2014 there were 13 nests throughout the refuge. Several of these nests can be viewed by visitors along the roadways or Wildlife Drive. The violent weather of May 2015 brought down 1 nest on the refuge. It is expected these eagles will try to rebuild a new Aerie nearby. Call the refuge office at 763-389-3323 ext. 10 to learn about latest information on the Eagles at Sherburne NWR. And please drive with care when you pass along roads through the refuge as roadkill is often fed upon by adults as they search for food. By slowing down you will often get quite close to gain great view of these awe inspiring birds.
Bald Eagle Keeping Eggs Warm
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.