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The Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit that works with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and our local communities to meet wildlife and biological management objectives, recreational and educational goals and support diverse programs related to the Refuge.
We promote educational programs related to the Refuge and natural history of the area. We organize events and programs that help make the refuge more available to the public. We work with Refuge staff to help improve the refuge. This work also provides an opportunity for members to get to know the refuge.
On Thursday, July 20th at 6:00 PM join us for a special presentation and walk about Butterbike Monarchs. Sara Dykman is biking 10,000 miles from the overwintering colonies in Mexico to Canada and back with the monarchs. A presentation on her journey and the Monarchs will be followed by a walk looking for pollinators. read more »
Work Parties, Walks, and Kids Programs
Summer is here and there's work to be done and kids to entertained! Check out our event schedule for work party information (usually on Saturdays) and July's kids programming. And there's now monthly exhibits and short films at the Visitor Center! read more »
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Please Stand With Us Against the Proposed Path of High Voltage Power Lines
We would like to make you aware of an important issue facing our Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge and to encourage you to take action.
Eversource Energy plans to build an 115 thousand volt, 70+ foot high, high-tension power line from central Sudbury to Hudson Light and Power on Forest Ave in Hudson. To do this, the company plans to cut a 7.6 mile long, 82.5 foot wide swath of woods along the old abandoned railroad tracks running through Sudbury and Hudson. Approximately 4.3 miles of the line will be in Sudbury and 4.6 miles in Hudson. These tracks are adjacent to the Refuge’s southern boundary (and run through the Desert Natural Area.)
The letter below from the president of the Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge opposes this plan and urges the company to run its lines underground so as to protect the Refuge’s flora, fauna and visitor enjoyment. The Sudbury Board of Selectmen and Sudbury Valley Trustees, amongst others, are also against this proposal.
If you would like to be heard on this issue, please see the list of emails at the end of the letter. An email from you to Eversource Energy (NSTAR) or to your government representation can make an important difference in the outcome.
Please find links to additional information below:
Help Save Blanding's Turtles
Since 2006, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has made an effort to establish a new population of Blanding's turtles (a threatened species) at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) by moving juveniles and hatchlings from Oxbow NWR.
Funding is urgently needed to help continue this conservation effort. Please consider helping fund this effort with a tax-deductible contribution to the Friends.
For information see Save the Blanding's Turtle.
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White Pond Road Construction and Temporary Closures
White Pond Road is going to be restored and repaved along its entire length from the gate. Construction is scheduled to begin the week of July 24th and will last for approximately 60 days. For most or all of that time, White Pond Road (the trail) and the White Pond Road parking lot will be closed to all pedestrian, bike and car traffic. read more »
New Addition to the Refuge Property
The transfer of the Air Force Tower property within the Refuge has gone through and USFWS has begun demolition of the buildings. The Radome tower has already come down and 75% of the structure has been removed from the Refuge.read more »
New Building Next to the Refuge Entrance
If you've visited the Refuge lately, you've probably noticed the new fenced-in building next to the refuge entrance. This new structure and the land it is on belongs to the Department of Fire Services. The US Fish & Wildlife Service has no involvement with this property or its use or appearance.read more »
New Visitor Center Hours
Starting May 1st 2017, the Visitor Center will be closed to the public on Fridays due to staffing limitations and low visitation. The new schedule is Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.read more »
National Park passes now for sale at Administrative Office only
National Park passes are no longer sold at the Visitor Center. They can be purchased Mon-Fri 8 AM - 4 PM at the Refuge Administrative Offices at 73 Weir Hill Rd, Sudbury.read more »
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We've been photographing the wildlife on the refuge. Check out our wildlife photo gallery and see the refuge through the eyes of talented local photographers. read more »