Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge believe this refuge is a unique natural resource. They encourage visitors of all ages, and from around the globe, to experience this special place. Their goals include helping visitors and the community to develop a deeper appreciation for, and understanding of, the refuge and its mission. Their work includes assistance with event planning, interpretive and education programs, and providing financial backing for selected programs through fund-raising activities which include building an outdoor classroom. You can link to the Friends' Facebook page here.
International Crane Foundation
MN DNR Wildlife – Sauk Rapids
MN Pollution Control Agency
Sherburne County Natural Resources Conservation Service
Sherburne County Soil & Water Conservation District
Benton County Soil & Water Conservation District
St. Cloud State University Biology Department
MN Deer Hunters Association – Grand Rapids
National Wild Turkey Federation
Great River Greening
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Refuge wetlands provide habitat for up to 40 pairs of breeding sandhill cranes each year. The unison call of these tall, stately birds is a treat to hear in spring, and by mid-summer, an observant visitor may be treated to the sight of one or two rusty-colored ‘colts,’ following their parents and learning to forage on insects and other invertebrates.