Do you know a teenager interested in conservation? The refuge is accepting applications for Youth Conservation Corps Positions until April 20th! Applicants must be 15-18 years old. More information and the application are available on the refuge website: http://bit.ly/2G8LxPx
Photo: YCC Members in front of Refuge Headquarters by USFWS
Spring is a wonderful time to check out the hiking trails at Sherburne NWR. Sun feels warm, birds are singing, but the footing is a bit slushy right now so bring out your waterproof boots. Photo's from Blue Hill trail Monday March 12. How long will the snow last?
Celebrate Earth Day! Everyone is invited to join us—and bring a friend—for an evening of social time, lively exchange, and learning as we discuss Runes of the North, one of a series of books by Minnesota author Sigurd Olson. A prominent environmentalist and nature advocate, Olson spent his lifetime fighting to protect wilderness areas.
This gathering, a new take on the popular concept of a community book-read, will be hosted by the Friends of Sherburne on Monday, April 23, 6:30 pm, at the Oak Savanna Learning Center on Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, 16797 289th Ave NW, Zimmerman (south side of County Road 9, approximately 5 miles west of US 169). To help prepare for the event, readers can find the discussion guide here. http://exploresherburne.org/media-events.html
Just a friendly reminder that sanctuary begins again at the refuge on March 1st. The majority of the refuge is designated a wildlife sanctuary and closed to all public access from March 1 to August 31 to allow wildlife to breed and raise their young free from human disturbance. During this time, the only areas available for public use are the Wildlife Drive after the road is opened in April, the hiking trails, the St. Francis River canoe route, and fishing access points.
The public is allowed to hike off trail 100 feet and to fish within 100 yards of the fishing access point. Please reach out with any questions or concerns. Otherwise, make sure to get out to the refuge tomorrow and enjoy the last non-sanctuary day! Photo: Mary Karlie Carlson
Although it is Winter there are still beautiful things to see in the Refuge. I saw a lot of people out hiking, snowshoeing and enjoying the refuge yesterday. Come on out and Explore Sherburne.
We're updating this refuge event to say that we don't have enough snow (darn it!) to use snowshoes but we hope you'll come out for a beautiful hike in the woods and prairie.
Hey Friends, that Sherburne Photo Club is putting on a great refuge event
Wednesday, February 14, from 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. It will feature Sparky Stensaas speaking about the photography opportunities at Sax-Zim Bog nature area not far from Duluth MN. If you have ever wondered about the Sherburne Photo Club or Sax-Zim Bog(internationally recognized birding area) this will be a great program to check both out. Sparky's shows have been overflowing at the Fall Sherburne Wild...life Festival when he has presented for us.
You must register for a ticket (which is free) but there is a suggested $10 donation per person to help cover cost to bring him here (and half will go to support Sax-Zim Bog). You don't have to be a serious photographer to attend.
This event requires registration and tickets which are free. Click on this link to register at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/photograph-everything-from-owl…
The Friends of Sherburne NWR supported the Candlelight Hike Refuge event Friday, February 2, 2018. The chilly winter winds did not detract from fun atmosphere as trail luminaries showed those experienced and some new Oak Savanna Learning Center trail visitors how to enjoy Minnesota winter. Our campfire tender was up to the task and many found sitting around the fire chatting, meeting new friends and waiting for the full moon to show (never did peek out at us) was a fine way to end the work week. Refreshments and treats provided by the Friends along with some animal pelt displays inside the center. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped try once again to hold a moonlight XC Ski event. Perhaps next year we will have enough snow and the moon will join us. Thanks to Kala Kolkind and Sherburne Photography Club for photo.
Due to inadequate snow levels, this Sunday's Afternoon Snowshoe Hike will be an Afternoon Hike. Come out for a fun-filled adventure and explore the trails independently or join volunteer-led guided hikes. There will be hands-on activities indoors and a roaring bonfire outdoors to warm up by, in addition to refreshments provided by the Friends of Sherburne. Timing: Sunday, February 11th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This event may be cancelled due to unsafe trail, weather, or road co...nditions. For this reason, pre-registration is requested so that you can be notified. To register or for more information, please contact the Refuge at 763-389-3323 or Sherburne@fws.gov and provide your name, telephone number, and how many participants are in your party. Please dress warmly for the event. This event will be held at the Oak Savanna Learning Center, which is located off of Country Road 9, approximately 5 miles west of Highway 169 at 16797 289th Ave NW, Zimmerman, MN, 55398. Photo: Mary Karlie Carlson
NOTICE: Due to the conditions at the refuge this will be a MOONLIGHT HIKE ONLY. Recent weather did not bring us snow for cross country skiing so don't bring your skis but bring your sense of adventure to the refuge for a wonderful night hike on Friday, February 2nd from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.! This refuge event includes a (nearly) full moon and luminaries to light the way for the 1.5 mile ski loop and a short hiking loop. During the event, refuge volunteers will greet and orient yo...u to the trails that pass through wintery prairies, woods, and wetlands. Participants can warm up by a bonfire and enjoy refreshments provided by the Friends of Sherburne NWR. A headlamp or flashlight is also recommended. Please note that the refuge is normally open to visitors during daylight hours only. Access is being provided after dark for this evening only.
This event may be cancelled due to unsafe trail, weather, or road conditions. For this reason, pre-registration is requested so that you can be notified. To register or for more information, please contact the Refuge at 763-389-3323 or Sherburne@fws.gov and provide your name, telephone number, and how many participants are in your party. Please dress warmly for the event. This event will be held at the Oak Savanna Learning Center, which is located off of Country Road 9, approximately 5 miles west of Highway 169 at 16797 289th Ave NW, Zimmerman, MN, 55398. Photo: Dean Kleinhans
Wednesday December 20 was the 2017 Audubon Christmas Bird Count centered on Sherburne NWR. Over 50 years now for this count, it was fun filled day with around 35 field counters, wide diversity of bird species sited, an afternoon storm squall, and then a nice sunset. Jessica, Alaina and Cody also got to take part in the count, jumping with groups at some point of the day. Thanks to Andy Beim for organizing and Robin DeLong for helping put on a hearty lunch that welcomed new and old visitors for nice social winter gathering. This Pileated Woodpecker was making his own warm home in South Spur after the snow storm.
For any Sherburne refuge visitors that haven't noticed yet, the Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive has been closed this week. With recent snows and current weather pattern it will likely be closed until spring thaw. Please call the refuge office before coming out if you want the latest on what is happening on the refuge. 763-389-3323 M-F 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.