Sherburne refuge has 10 active bald eagle nests this spring

Ten pairs of bald eagles are nesting at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman this spring.

Two of the nests are visible from the Wildlife Drive, according to Betsy Beneke, the refuge’s visitor services manager.

The Bergerson Pool nest is on the east side of the drive and is active with two eaglets.

The Stickney Pool nest is on the west side of the drive and also is active with two eaglets, Beneke said.

The seven-mile drive is open daylight hours, seven days a week. The entrance is located 1.2 miles north of Orrock on Sherburne County Road 5.

Bald eagles have been nesting at the refuge since 1983, when there was one active nest. That  was the first successful nesting of bald eagles in central Minnesota in more than 30 years, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.