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Upcoming Events, Walks and Programs

Click on an event in the calendar to see the details on the event.

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, January 7, 8:00 AM

FARNWR Winter Avian Survey

This time of year when the days reach their shortest is traditionally when birds in our area are counted. In the spirit of this effort we will be doing an informal survey of birds found in the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. Bird ID skills helpful, but not necessary. Please bring binoculars and a bird id guide and remember to dress warmly Meet at the visitor center.

Contact John to RSVP by 3pm on Friday, January 6th by email at or call 978-201-6028; limited to 15 participants.

Wednesday, January 11, 6:30 - 7:45 PM

Full Moon Owl Prowl

Have you ever heard an owl before? January is mating season for owls and a great time to spend outside under the moonlight searching for owls and enjoying peace. After learning all about owls inside, we’ll embark on a moderate trek. All ages welcome, be sure to dress for the weather and you’re welcome to bring a flashlight though we’ll try not to use it the whole way.

Sunday, January 15, 2:30 - 4:30 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. All ages welcome. Winter has come early to Great Meadows this month with snow highlighting all its floodplain features and icy rime, bringing dazzle to the trail edges.  The sounds of coots splashing, an eagle circling overhead, muskrat lodges highlighted by snow, and the muffled melodies of a song sparrow and a robin perched nearby all tell us that its time to settle in for a long winter's nap.

Bundle up and join Cherrie to explore the splendor and silence of the refuge in one of its most beautiful of seasons.  Long underwear and hand/toe warmer packets highly recommended for added comfort and ice cleats or snowshoes are welcome if conditions permit.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Assabet River NWR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For each walk, a $5/person voluntary donation is requested. No pre-registration required.

Meet at the information kiosk at Great Meadows NWR in Concord. Take Rte. 62 to Monsen Rd. Follow Monsen Rd. and turn left into refuge driveway when road turns sharply right. Follow refuge road to the parking lot at the end. GPS: 177 Monsen Rd., Concord, MA abutter to refuge driveway.

Questions? see sense-of-place-concord.blogspot, email or call 978-760-1933.

Please note: Refuge headquarters waives the entrance fee for these walks. However, we encourage everyone to consider purchasing a $12 annual pass to help support critical visitor service needs at Great Meadows - Concord.

Friday, January 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. 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 (note: this month is the 3rd Friday due to the holidays). For 2 to 5 year olds; siblings welcome. Held at the Visitor Center.


Outdoors This Week

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