Recent Sightings and Guides

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From eBird to iNaturalist, nature lovers can share their observations or see recent sightings from around the refuge.

Recent Sightings


Are you wondering what you might see while visiting Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge? Did you get a great photo during your visit and are looking for a place to share your sighting with a community of people who are enthusiastic about what you saw? Did you snap a photo and want help identifying it? You can join us on where there is a community of citizen scientists and experts who will appreciate your sightings and can help you figure out what you sighted!

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge iNaturalist Observations

iNaturalist is maintained by the California Academy of Sciences and is a tool to connect people to nature as well as help people participate in citizen science. Anyone can contribute sightings to iNaturalist and sightings from the refuge will appear here after someone submits an observation. If you would like to participate simply create a free iNaturalist account, read their Getting Started Guide, and start making observations of plants and wildlife!


Recent bird sightings at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge reported to eBird! You can also see refuge specific sightings by visiting eBird's Explore page. 

eBird is created and maintained by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in partnership with National Audubon to gather information on bird sightings. Anyone can contribute bird sightings to eBird and sightings from the refuge will appear here within 15 minutes. It also enables you to find out which birds are being reported and where. These observation records become part of an online checklist program that scientists and birders with internet access can use to review bird observation information from specific locations globally, including many National Wildlife Refuges. New to eBird? Create a free eBird account, read their eBird Quick Start Guide or take their free eBird essentials lessons for more information!


Electronic Field Guides

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Electronic Field Guides powered by iNaturalist


Search one of four ways below to help you identify what you saw: 

  • Type on a name and click on search
  • Select a color or colors from the drop down menu to help narrow your search
  • Click on the browse button to the right and search by the tree of life
  • Or simply look through the options below!

Please note our knowledge of what types of birds and mammals we have on the refuge is quite extensive. We have an excellent list of plants, but our list has gaps. If you are hoping to identify a mushroom, lichen, or insect the holes in our knowledge are very broad. Hopefully, through the use of iNaturalist we will be able to fill some of these gaps!



*Please note that we do not control the content or policies of iNaturalist, eBird, or Google, which you may visit when accessing parts of the tables above. You should always check site policies before providing any personal information or reusing content.