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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.

Saturday, November 1, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, November 1st, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9 AM to 12 Noon, meeting at the Winterberry Way turnaround parking area. If the weather is not conducive to a good work party, we will send a cancellation e-mail by 8 a.m. that day.

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 c.debold@comcast.net if you can help, but last minute drop-ins are also welcome!

Saturday, November 8, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, November 8th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9 AM to 12 Noon, meeting at the Winterberry Way turnaround parking area. If the weather is not conducive to a good work party, we will send a cancellation e-mail by 8 a.m. that day.

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, November 16, 11:00 AM

Historic Bunker Tour with Jan Wright

Join local historian Jan Wright for an informative slideshow followed by a talk and tour of one of the ammunitions storage bunkers at Assabet River NWR. Only 30 spaces are available. To register please contact Jan at janicemariew@verizon.net by November 14th at 3pm.

Sunday, November 16, 2:00 - 4:00 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. Colors peak and fade, migrants fill the skies then are gone, muskrat lodges appear, autumn spiders drape their gossamer, and the sunsets deepen their fiery glow. 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, November 19, 7:00 PM

Friends Monthly Speaker Series with Ken MacKenzie talking about The Loons of Massachusetts

Common Loon and chick, courtesy of Mass DCR The Common Loon is the voice of the wilderness. Its haunting call echoes through the forests surrounding the lakes and ponds of northern New England. But did you know that these iconic birds are living and breeding right in our own backyard?

The summer of 1975 marked the official return of the Common Loon to Massachusetts. Loons were extirpated from the state in the early 1900s until a nesting pair on the Quabbin Reservoir successfully produced two chicks. Today the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) watersheds are breeding areas for the largest concentrations of Common Loons in Massachusetts. The DCR has an active monitoring program which keeps track of loon breeding activity on the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs.

Wildlife Biologist Ken MacKenzie will talk about the research and management that has given us key insights to its natural history and conservation in Massachusetts. We will walk through the annual cycle of the loon from the sea to the lake (and back) as well as talk about how humans affect loons and their future.

Ken MacKenzie is the Senior Wildlife Biologist with DCR’s Division of Water Supply Protection. He has spent the last 8 years with the Division implementing all aspects of wildlife management on Division of Water Supply property with a mission is to protect, maintain and enhance wildlife resources while mitigating and minimizing wildlife-related damage to both Watershed structures and water resources.

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.

Sunday, November 23, 1:00 PM

Refuge Bike Tour

Join refuge volunteers for a bike tour around the refuge to learn about the natural and anthropological history of the land. This program is available to families. Please be aware of the approximate six mile distance we will be bicycling. Helmets required for all participants.

Please please contact Kizette at kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov or 978-562-3527 x 117 to RSVP by 3pm on Friday, November 21st.

Tuesday, November 25, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Tuesday, November 25th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 1 to 4 PM, meeting at the Vistor Center parking area.

Our primary tasks will be to haul debris remaining from previous activities, cut berry-laden Bittersweet along Winterberry Way and empty the bags at the dump site onto the burn piles.

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

Friday, November 28, 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.

Friday, December 5, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Explorative Night Hike - Looking for the Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owls are commonly heard in winter from December through February as they seek mates. It is the earliest nesting owl in the area. Come learn more about this large owl while trying to see if we can hear or see this owl. This walk is open to all ages – snowshoes or cross country skis may be needed.

Registration is limited to 25 participants - RSVP by 3pm on Weds, Dec 3rd to reception desk at Visitor Center 978-562-3527 x111 or email Kizette at kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov or 978-562-3527 x 117 to RSVP.

Sunday, December 7, 2:00 - 4:00 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. As winter sets in, the earth and sky merge in a shared palette of color, shadow, and reflections. It is the season when land and waterscapes yield equally for our exploration. Ice and snow give way to myriad forms and ephemeral worlds that reveal themselves only in these silent, frozen months of the year. Join Cherrie for walks of winter revelation and sunset splendors. 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.

Friday, December 19, 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 usually held the 4th Friday of every month from 10:30am – 11:30 AM. Please note the special date for December. 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.

Sunday, December 21, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Winter Solstice Night Hike

Welcome in winter with a walk! The sun will be at its lowest point in the sky and it will be the shortest day of the year. Join refuge staff and volunteers for a special hike at night during typical closed hours. This walk is open to all ages – snowshoes or cross country skis may be needed. Shorter walk may be accommodated for people with winter boots depending on depth of snow.

RSVP required by 3pm on Fri, Dec 19th to reception desk at Visitor Center 978-562-3527 x111 or email Kizette at kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov.

 

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