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Upcoming Events, Walks and Programs

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

Saturday, September 6, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, Sept. 6th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 8AM to 11AM, meeting at the Winterberry Way turnaround parking area.

Our target species include glossy buckthorn, Japanese knotweed and purple loosestrife.

Bring gloves, insect repellent and water. Protective clothing/sunscreen is advised since most of the work area is unshaded.

Please email rkriggert@verizon.net if you can help, but last minute drop-ins are also welcome!

Saturday, September 13, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, Sept. 13th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 8AM to 11AM, meeting at the Winterberry Way turnaround parking area.

Our target species include glossy buckthorn and Japanese knotweed.

Bring gloves, insect repellent and water. Protective clothing/sunscreen is advised since most of the work area is unshaded.

Please email rkriggert@verizon.net if you can help, but last minute drop-ins are also welcome!

Friday, September 19, 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Introduction to Fishing for Kids

Is your child interested in learning how to fish? The evening is a good time to see if you can get a bite! Come learn about the different types of fish found in Puffer Pond and hopefully catch a nice view of the sunset.

Registration is open for 8 kids. Fishing pole and equipment is not required. Please contact Kizette at kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov or 978-562-3527 x 117 to RSVP by 3pm on Thursday, September 18th.

Saturday, September 20, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, Sept. 20th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 8AM to 11AM, meeting at the Winterberry Way turnaround parking area.

Our target species includes glossy buckthorn.

Bring gloves, insect repellent and water. Protective clothing/sunscreen is advised since most of the work area is unshaded.

Please email rkriggert@verizon.net if you can help, but last minute drop-ins are also welcome!

Sunday, September 21, 3:30 - 5:30 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. The marsh moves through many changes beginning in September as colors begin to peak and migrants fill the skies. Join Cherrie for late afternoon and sunset walks around the refuge when autumn’s majesty is most palpable.

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, September 24, 7:00 PM

Friends Monthly Speaker Series with Helen Dalbeck and Douglas Smithwood talking about The Amazing American Eel: Its Unique Life History and Restoration Efforts in Our Local Rivers

Juvenile American Eels (wikipedia) The American eel is being considered for listing as an endangered species. Prior to colonial settlement, the American Eel was probably the single most abundant fish species in the Sudbury, Concord and Assabet rivers. Throughout most of the eel’s range, its population size has greatly diminished, particularly during the past 30 years. Of all the fish species that once migrated from the sea into the Concord River - including shad, river herring, sea lamprey and maybe salmon - the American eel has been the sole species that has been able to persist in this watershed. This may be because of its remarkable and surprising life cycle. Restoration efforts are currently underway in the Merrimack River watershed to help bring this species back to its former prominence. Come learn about the life cycle of the American eel and the restoration efforts that are occurring in our local rivers and throughout the Merrimack River watershed.

Helen Dalbeck (Amoskeag Fishways Visitors and Learning Center Director) has served on the Fishways staff since 1999 and as Executive Director since September 2001. She has a B.A. in Biology and M.A. Zoology from the Global Field Program, Project Dragonfly, Miami University. As Director, she is responsible for managing this unique environmental education center on the Merrimack River, in the heart of an urban area. Over the years, partnerships and successful grants have been implemented with numerous organizations including the University of NH, NHFG Non-Game Division, EPA, EPSCoR, and MITS (Museum Institute for Teaching Science). Through her leadership, Fishways staff have become leaders in STEM and science inquiry, environmental literacy, and nearby nature awareness education.

Douglas Smithwood (Fishery Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Central New England Fishery Resources Office, Nashua, New Hampshire) has been a biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service for the past sixteen years. His career with the Service has focused on restoring diadromous fish species throughout central New England with a primary focus on the Merrimack River watershed. During this time he headed up an ongoing river herring restoration program on the SuAsCo watershed and he is currently the team leader of the American Eel workgroup of the Merrimack River Diadromous Fish Technical Committee. Recently Doug led the formulation of the restoration plan for American Eel in the Merrimack River watershed. Prior to his position with the Service, he taught environmental science at an independent school in Wolfeboro, NH. He has a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Plymouth State University, a M.A. in biology from Clark University and a B.A. in biology from Denison University.

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, September 26, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Refuge Fledgling Hour — Nature-themed Program Series for Kids

Join Refuge staff for Refuge Fledgling Hour, a nature-themed program series that includes crafts, stories, and games or songs that relate to a different topic each month.

Programs are 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. Program is limited to 25 kids so registration is required; please contact Kizette at kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov or 978-562-3527 x 117 to RSVP.

Saturday, September 27, 9:00 AM

National Public Lands Day

Come volunteer to ensure the trails at Assabet River NWR are maintained and ready for the winter season! If we get a big group of volunteers we will split into groups to try and cover all 15 miles of trails on the refuge.

Bring a snack, water, sunscreen, bug repellent, work boots, gloves and if you have some tools. Please contact Kizette at kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov or 978-562-3527 x 117 to RSVP by 3pm on Friday, September 26th.

Sunday, October 19, Noon

Fall Historical Bus Tour

Join Maynard Historian Paul Boothroyd for our popular bus tour of the historical sites of the Assabet River NWR. Visit sites dating back to Native Americans, Washington and the War of Independence, and World War II for many entertaining stories and anecdotes.

Tickets at $9.00 per person in advance only. Reserve your space early by calling Paul Boothroyd at (978) 835-4515. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Assabet River NWR. This event always sells out so book early!

 

Outdoors This Week

The Friends posts our events to Outdoors This Week, a weekly listing of outdoor activities located west of Boston sponsored by local environmental organizations. Click here to subscribe.

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