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Photographer Bruce Ellingson had a "Robert Frost moment" at the refuge recently when "two paths diverged in a snowy woods." As 2022 draws to a close, we challenge you to visit and experience your own special moment in nature.

Refuge volunteers and Friends participated in the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count on December 20. With temperatures hovering at and below zero, bird species and numbers were lower than usual. However, the sighting of a golden eagle made it worth venturing into the cold.

It's a lot warmer this week, so get out the snowshoes, skis, or sturdy boots and explore at the refuge! Trails and refuge roads are some places to try; or through February, you can venture off-trail in any areas not marked closed. Look for tracks, nests, otter slides, and other signs of nature that are more visible on snow and without leaves and foliage to obscure the view.
May you find health, happiness, and a sense of wonder in the New Year!



Thursday, January 12, 6:30 pm
Oak Savanna Learning Center or
Via Zoom [Email to
For Zoom access Information]

Introductions, 2022 Accomplishments, What’s Coming in 2023 – including the Go Wild! Campaign, Approve 2023 Budget, Refuge Update, Election of Board Members

Wednesday, January 4, 6:30 pm
Oak Savanna Learning Center
For more details, see the club's
Facebook page

Looking ahead--to warmer days AND an amphitheater for the refuge! Tucked into the hillside adjacent to the Oak Savanna Learning Center, the amphitheater will offer seating for 100, a venue for programs, a meeting place for small student groups, photographers, or birders--and more.
Help the Friends "meet the match"--$40,000 donated or pledged to the amphitheater project by January 15 to get another $40,000! Give online HERE.
Artwork by Damon Farber Landscape Architects

Memberships in the Friends of Sherburne expire at the end of the calendar year.

Are you due to renew? Click HERE to renew your membership today!

Maybe add a gift to the Go Wild! Amphitheater Campaign while you're at it!
SHOP THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, AT THE EAGLE'S NEST NATURE STORE AT THE OAK SAVANNA LEARNING CENTER! The store will be closed for in-person shopping starting January 1 through February. However, online shopping will still be available--just click HERE. You may arrange to pick up your purchase or to have it mailed. Support the Friends--shop now!
The Friends of Sherburne THANK YOU for your support!
To nurture an appreciation for, and the conservation of, the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge.

The Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Whether you
volunteer with the Friends, become a member, leave a legacy through a planned gift, or volunteer at the refuge, we truly appreciate every gift of time, treasure, or talent. 
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