Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, Zimmerman

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Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge of the United States in Sherburne County, Minnesota. The 30700acre refuge protects mixed habitat types including oak savanna, Big Woods, and wetlands. The St. Francis River flows through the eastern side of the park. Over 230 species of birds, 58 species of mammals, and 25 species of reptiles and amphibians have been recorded in the refuge.
Native American village sites dating back to 1300 CE have been found within the refuge, although the area is assumed to have been inhabited for much longer. The mixture of habitats and abundance of water bodies produced a large and diverse wildlife population. The first European settlers arrived in the 1870s. As land use was altered for agriculture, wildfire was suppressed and drainage ditches were cut. This had the effect of reducing the number of year-round wetlands and increasing the density of the wooded areas.
By the 1940s conservationists and sportsmen recognized the former quality of the area and its potential for restoration. Minnesota's conservation department investigated the possibility of creating a state wildlife area. It was ultimately conceded that the state simply did not have the funds to acquire the land from its nearly 300 separate owners, and in 1960 a formal request was made to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to consider the site for federal protection. This was formally approved on May 18, 1965, and purchase of refuge lands was begun with revenue from the sale of duck stamps.
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  • There is a Prairie Wildlife Drive that is awesome. You will want to drive slowly because the creatures that live there are not always easy to see if you are driving fast. Roll your window down and tak...  more »
  • We saw a small story in Midwest Living magazine that at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, they give Sandhill Crane Tours, in Oct. We can't go then, so on 9-1-18 we drove up there. We drove the Prair...  more »
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  • Amazing wildlife area so close to the cities. What a great place to go spend some time with Nature. Rightfully said, it's a wildlife refuge not a motor park. You need to drive very slowly, with quiet engines. Anyways the slower you go the more you see. Best thing is to walk.
  • Go place to walk the dogs and get a little exercise. I love the multiple sized loops and their not much traffic, which is awesome.

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