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.HistoryNative 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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  • The first thing you need to know about this place is - HORSE FLIES of terror. Like, literally swarming around your head. Don't go hiking there in the warmer months if 20+ flies swarming your head will...  more »
  • This is not a place you'd probably want to fly in from another country to visit (unless you're surprisingly into birds or midwestern animal habitats), but for anyone in the area, it offers spectacular...  more »
  • Whether you like to get out and explore, stick to the trail or stick to the car--Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge has you covered. There are 2 good, well traveled loop-style trails for walking and s...  more »
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  • A great place for a school field trip! They always make sure that the students come away learning all they can. Also the perfect public area as well, lots of great hiking trail, fun events, and a great wildlife loop drive for those days you want to view nature but are too lazy or it's too hot to get out of the car!!
  • I love the wildlife refuge!...but this past year it has changed. To crowded to actually enjoy all the majestic and fascinating scenery mother earth has to offer. I would be forever grateful if the younger teenagers with Minnesota driver's licenses would stop and think about the disrespect they are showing by doing burnouts in the parking areas and driving over the posted speed limit on the gravel roads. And please don't litter it's disgusting. I love the Wildlife Refuge but it's not the same place I fell in love with.
  • My family loves the refuge. We love the hiking paths and the wildlife drive. Usually quiet and easy to see wildlife. My kids love the eagle's nest at the wildlife drive and looking for the eagle's there. Both trails and the wildlife drive have vault toilets.
  • A very beautiful peaceful place to go and bring your family and kids cuz they will love it.
  • Spent a lot of time here when I was younger. Hunting, tracking, hiking. I keep coming back because its beautiful and just down the road.
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