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Upcoming Events, Walks and Programs

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Note that most of our Monthly Meetings are recorded. Links to the recordings hosted by SudburyTV can be found on the Past Event Videos page.

Wednesday, February 17, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Bird Feeder Workshop for Kids

One of the most interesting wildlife types to view in the winter is the birds! We will learn the basics of bird-watching and how birds live in the winter time; and we will even be able to take home our own crafty bird feeders made from every-day materials! Suited for grades K-3, siblings welcome.

Please RSVP to Kizette at kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov or 978-562-3527 x 117 by Sunday, February 14th so we have enough supplies.

Friday, February 19, 6:30 PM

Full Moon Owl Hike

Have you ever heard or seen an owl before? This time of year owls begin their mating season and are in full voice. It’s fun to spend a moonlit evening looking for them. Come explore the fascinating world of owls in New England. The program will start with a talk on owl characteristics and identification of owls found in Massachusetts. After the talk we will make our way out on the trails and attempt to locate some local owls by both sight and sound.

Contact John to RSVP by Wednesday, February 17th by email at jmilhaven@gmail.com or call 978-201-6028; limited to 15 participants. Be sure to dress for the weather and you’re welcome to bring a headlamp or flashlight though we’ll try not to use it. Bring skis or snowshoes if you have them or snow boots.

Sunday, February 21, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Nature Walk: A Sense of Place at Great Meadows NWR

Join naturalist Cherrie Corey for her continuing exploration of the Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge landscape. All ages welcome. Though the season began with record warmth, ice is now forming on the open water and a first snowfall has whitened the trails. Eagles will continue making daily visits until all water freezes solid, and young hawks are practicing their hunting skills. Geese make daily flights out to fields and back and a variety of diving and dabbling ducks splash and feed in the open channels. Dress warmly, head to toe!

For each walk, a $5/person voluntary donation is requested. No pre-registration required. Meet at the information kiosk by the parking lot, Great Meadows NWR in Concord (Monsen Rd, off Rte. 62, driveway on left where road curves right). Questions? see sense-of-place-concord.blogspot, email cherrie.corey@verizon.net or call 978-760-1933. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Assabet River NWR, Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 PM

Friends Monthly Speaker Series with the presentation Meet the US Fish and Wildlife Service Staff

Who is the US Fish and Wildlife Service and what do they do? Come learn about the significance of the National Wildlife Refuge System and the refuges of Eastern Massachusetts. We will hear from staff at the complex about what they do and get updates on upcoming refuge projects. At the end of the presentation the Friends will lead a discussion on how members of the community can help support the refuge.

The Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex encompasses a total of over 15,000 acres from Worcester County to Cape Cod and the Islands. In total there are 8 individual refuges that make up the complex.

The Friends of the Assabet River NWR holds its monthly speaker series on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the US Fish and Wildlife Services' Eastern Mass. Visitor Center, 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury MA 01776 (Google Map). Talks are free and open to the public.

Friday, February 26, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Refuge Fledglings Hour — Nature-themed Program Series for Kids

Join Refuge staff for Refuge Fledglings Hour, a nature-themed program series that includes crafts, stories, and games or songs that relate to a different topic each month. This month’s topic will be on birds. Check the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge facebook page for up to date information.

Programs are usually held the 4th Friday of every month from 10:30am – 11:30 AM. For 2 to 5 year olds; siblings welcome. Held at the Visitor Center.

Sunday, February 28, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Nature Walk: How to Survive the Winter at Great Meadows NWR

Join us for an hour long nature walk where we'll discover the natural adaptations that wildlife use and the cultural adaptations pre-colonial humans needed to survive the harsh winters of Massachusetts. Many Nipmuc traditions parallel the finely tuned adjustments found in nature. Dress for the weather and bring snowshoes if you have them. All ages are welcome. We will begin and end at the Complex Headquarters located at 73 Weir Hill Road in Sudbury.

Please RSVP to Kizette at kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov or 978-562-3527 x 117 so we know to expect you.

Friday, March 4, 1:00 PM

Winter Nature Hike

Explore signs and tracks of wildlife on the refuge with a volunteer of the Assabet Keeping Track team. Learn about what wildlife and nature do to survive the winter. Please dress for the weather from head to toe. The hike will be 1-2 hours depending on the weather and group.

Please RSVP to Kizette at kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov or 978-562-3527 x 117 so we know to expect you.

Sunday, March 13, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Nature Walk: A Sense of Place at Great Meadows NWR

Join naturalist Cherrie Corey for her continuing exploration of the Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge landscape. All ages welcome. Though the season began with record warmth, ice is now forming on the open water and a first snowfall has whitened the trails. Eagles will continue making daily visits until all water freezes solid, and young hawks are practicing their hunting skills. Geese make daily flights out to fields and back and a variety of diving and dabbling ducks splash and feed in the open channels. Dress warmly, head to toe!

For each walk, a $5/person voluntary donation is requested. No pre-registration required. Meet at the information kiosk by the parking lot, Great Meadows NWR in Concord (Monsen Rd, off Rte. 62, driveway on left where road curves right). Questions? see sense-of-place-concord.blogspot, email cherrie.corey@verizon.net or call 978-760-1933. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Assabet River NWR, Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

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