Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

It was a cold, gray morning when 25 birders met at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman Dec. 22 for their annual Christmas Bird Count. A total of 41 different bird species were tallied, which included 2,217 individual birds. Some of the day’s highlights included a golden eagle, wood duck, 238 wild turkeys, a [...]

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by Nathan Warner Contributing writer Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman has a new manager as of August. Steve Karel, a 15-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, took up the reins of former manager Anne Sittauer, who left earlier this year to accept the role of refuge supervisor for the North East [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor Thousands of sandhill cranes are congregating in and around Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman, as they prepare to continue their migration south. There were 6,755 sandhill cranes counted on Friday, Oct. 26, according to refuge Visitor Services Manager Betsy Beneke. “The birds appear to still be here in huge [...]

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Naturalist and author Stan Tekiela will be the featured speaker at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge’s Fall Wildlife Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Uncommon Facts About Common Birds” will be Tekiela’s presentation topic at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., the author will talk about “The Lives of Wolves, [...]

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Join volunteer naturalists for a guided Fall Wildflower Tour at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 8. Meet in the parking lot by the old school house on Sherburne County Road 9, 5.5 miles west of Highway 169.  You will travel by car caravan, making a few stops [...]

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“An Evening With Moths” will be presented from 8:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, by Jim Sogaard, author of “Moths and Caterpillars of the North Woods.” He will discuss their lifestyles, behaviors and ecological importance. The group will also search for caterpillars. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. The event will be held at the Sherburne National [...]

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Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman has several events coming up this summer. Summer Bird Tour Warblers, sparrows, sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, bald eagles and hundreds of other birds call the refuge home during the summer months. Join other birdwatchers on a rambling tour of the woodlands, marshes and oak savanna habitats of the refuge, [...]

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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 [...]

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