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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.
Friends Monthly Speaker Series
On Wednesday, September 24th at 7:00 PM come hear Helen Dalbeck and Douglas Smithwood talk about The Amazing American Eel: Its Unique Life History and Restoration Efforts in Our Local Rivers. Prior to colonial settlement, the American Eel was probably the single most abundant fish species in the Sudbury, Concord and Assabet rivers, but damming the rivers led to its extinction. Come learn about the efforts to restore eels to our local rivers. read more »
Walks and Kids Programs
With summer winding down, the Refuge is still humming with activity. Check out calendar for walks, work parties and kid's programming! read more »
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Nature Store Volunteers Needed
Want to meet happy, nature-loving refuge visitors? Want to help the Friends and the Refuge? Picture yourself chatting with people in our lovely Nature Store. All it takes is one weekend day a month from 10AM – 4PM. The environment is relaxed and friendly. Very simple to use cash register. All you need to do is bring a smile! Hours negotiable! Please call Betsy Griffin at 978-793-2756 for information. read more »
Help Remove Invasives from the Refuge
Volunteers are needed to help remove invasives from the refuge. Check out calendar for details. read more »
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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Blanding's Turtles Released
On May 29th, excited high school students from Bristol County Agricultural School took to the water at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (ARNWR) to release head-started Blanding's Turtle hatchlings. read more »
Invasive Coltsfoot Found on Refuge
Vigilant Friends identified invasive coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) on Taylor Way at UTM 19T0297842, 4698498. Only a single plant was found so it is possible that it is first generation, but it could be in other locations as well. read more »
Friends Annual Meeting and Board Election
The Friends held their annual meeting on April 23rd. We are happy to welcome our newest board member, David Molzan. Along with electing David, the Friends re-elected board members Betsy Griffin, John Milhaven, Liz Truebenbach, and David Williams. read more »
Fire Break Construction on the Refuge
The Assabett River NWR will be creating mechanical fuel breaks along portions of the southern most boundary and western flank of the south unit in an effort to reduce hazardous woody fuels accumulations. read more »
Eagle Scout Project Installs Five Benches on the Refuge
Eagle Scout candidate Austin Heisey installed five benches at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. Austin led a team of Scouts from Troop 61, parents, and friends to construct and install the benches at the Refuge for his Eagle Scout Project. read more »
Naturalist Educator Training with Stephen DeFlorio
November 2nd was the last session of Stephen DeFlorio’s Four Season Naturalist Educator Training Series. It was another great session and learning experience for all involved. read more »
Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Boosts Local Economy
Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts generated nearly $2.1 million for Middlesex and Suffolk counties in Fiscal Year 2011, according to a new economic analysis. read more »
Scouts Wage an Epic Battle Against Alien Invaders
On Saturday June 8th, Girl Scouts, Boy scouts, Cub scouts, Brownies a few siblings and 20 adult leaders and parents participated in invasive plant training and removal at the Assabet River NWR. read more »
Saving Blanding's Turtles
The Friends of the Assabet River NWR and the Friends of the Oxbow NWR are collaborating to provide much needed funding for the conservation of Blanding's turtles. And the MetroWest Daily News covered Hudson School children's contribution to the conservation of the turtles. read more »