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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 Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:00 PM our speaker will be Lisa Vernegaard presenting Presence and Condition of Massachusetts Animals and Plants. Come learn about the many animals and plants of Eastern Massachusetts, their conservation status, and what we can do to help our wild neighbors. read more »
Walks, Counts and Kids Programs
Winter is a great time to be on the refuge. Check out our event schedule for walks, bird counts, and kids activities. 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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South Side of Assabet River NWR Closed in January
The Sudbury Valley Trustees are undertaking the Desert Natural Area Restoration immediately south of Refuge where restoration logging will take place. Operations begin in December and will continue for six to eight weeks. For the safety of our visitors and for the workers all trails in the south side of the Assabet River NWR will be closed for the month of January while logging is underway.read more »
Spring Work Projects
Refuge staff provides a description of three work projects that will be underway on the Refuge this spring: A Work Camping Project, Winterberry Way Power Line Work, and Herbicide Use on Winterberry Way.read more »
APT Completes its Second Season
Assabet Pulling Together (APT) has completed its second season of removing invasive plants from the Refuge. This year they also started planting native species. Read on to learn more or to sign up to help next year.read more »
New Duck Stamps On Sale Now
The 2015-2016 Federal Duck Stamp featuring a pair of ruddy ducks painted by contest-winner Jennifer Miller are on sale now in the Nature Store. read more »
Puffer Pond Closed to Water Craft
As of January 1, 2015 the refuge will be closing Puffer Pond to all public water craft. This decision is in effort to protect the pristine habitat at the pond from the encroachment of invasive species. read more »
Change to Visitor Center Hours
The Visitor Center at the Assabet River NWR will be closed on Thursdays as of January 1st, however it will remain open Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm and will be available for use by other organizations on closed days. read more »
Small Visitor Services Grant
The Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge has been awarded two grants: $8,800 to begin an Urban Youth Ambassador program and $12,800 for transportation costs for our Urban Environmental Education program. read more »
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 »
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 »
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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 »