- The refuge is located on the prairie - hardwood forest tension zone and has both prairie and oak savannah habitats dependent on fire.
The refuge consists of wetlands and equal parts of savannah and tall grass prairie. Vegetation includes bit and little bluestem, Indiangrass and red and bur oak.
Highlighted wildlife species using the area and regularly seen are: bald eagle, greater sandhill crane, pileated woodpecker, wood duck, and white-tailed deer. Other less common species are: timber wolf, peregrine falcon, osprey, great egret, Blanding's turtle, eastern hognose and gopher snakes, coyotes, and river otter.
Climate - The climate is tropical in July to tundra-like in January.
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is located in Sherburne County, Minnesota, just north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.