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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, August 2, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, August 2nd, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 8AM to 11AM. If we have enough volunteers we will split into 2 groups meeting at separate locations. We will let you know to which area you should come once your reply is received.

Our target species include Glossy buckthorn (Winterberry Way), and Japanese stiltgrass and Purple loosestrife (Otter Alley).

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, August 2, 2:00 PM

Solar Empowerment

Learn how a solar panel system works, the optimal location for a system and the various financial avenues to get you there. Find out how solar power can help you gain control over and even eliminate your electric bill. Massachusetts’ solar policies are some of the best in the country. Find out if you can benefit from them and contribute even more benefits to your community and our planet. Quick site suitability test will be available for those interested. Presented by Jo Palumbo, a Solar Project Manager with Transformations Inc. in Townsend, MA. Please contact Kizette at kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov or 978-562-3527 x 117 to RSVP and for further details.

Sunday, August 3, 9:30 AM

Nature Hike at Great Meadows NWR

Did you know that the Great Meadows Concord Unit trails are considered as one of the best inland birding areas? It is a great place to get outside and see wildlife! Come join us for an approximately 2-mile guided interpretation hike of the Great Meadows Concord Unit trails! This hike will be aimed toward families with an optional scavenger hunt to complete, so bring the kids! Learn about the different habitats and wildlife as we walk along the Dike Trail and around the Lower Pool. This hike will take a little over an hour and will be very sunny. Be sure to bring bug spray, sunscreen, hiking shoes, and water.

The Great Meadows Concord Unit is located off of Monsen Road in Concord.

Saturday, August 9, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, August 9th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 8AM to 11AM. If we have enough volunteers we will split into 3 groups meeting at separate locations. We will let you know to which area you should come once your reply is received.

Our target species will be Japanese stilt-grass that has been discovered on Winterberry Way (wetland), Otter Alley and Harry’s Way (near White Pond Rd.). Thanks to Betty Wright and Jim Wickis for their botanical expertise in identifying both native and invasive plant species on the Assabet Refuge, particularly invasive species that are just making inroads in this part of MA. FWS Biologist Steph Koch has requested that APT volunteers focus removal efforts on this invasive species before it goes to seed in mid August. For more information about invasive species, refer to the website: JapaneseStiltgrass. Stilt-grass has shallow roots, easily pulled. For some a stool to sit on (or kneepads) could be helpful.

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, August 10, 6:30 - 9:00 PM

Full Moon Evening Foray at Great Meadows NWR

Join naturalist Cherrie Corey for her continuing exploration of the Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge landscape in the evening. We'll savor the flowers, wildlife, and warm light of summer evenings along the marsh and river's edge. We'll conclude with our collective enjoyment of the sun's setting and full moon rise.

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.

Thursday, August 14, 7:00 PM

Movie Night: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Bring a blanket to sit on and join us for the 2012 movie, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax! (Run time: 86 mins) Discussion about the importance of the environment and what we can learn to follow!

Movie showing will be inside the Visitor Center at Assabet River NWR.

Saturday, August 16, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, August 16th, 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!

Friday, August 22, 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, August 23, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, August 23rd, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 8AM to 11AM. We will split into 2 groups meeting at separate locations. We will let you know to which area you should come once your reply is received.

Our target species include Japanese stiltgrass (primary) and glossy buckthorn. Time permitting, purple loosestrife as well.

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, August 23, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Nighthawk Migration

Once a very familiar nesting bird in Massachusetts, the Common Nighthawk has been declining in numbers for the last century. It is also usually an inconspicuous bird with its drab brown coloration and nocturnal habits. However thousands of the birds can still be seen migrating through Eastern Massachusetts in late August in loose flocks far overhead at dusk, and sometimes feeding much closer to the ground. Local bird enthusiasts have used this annual opportunity to count numbers of Nighthawks as they travel through our area and maintain a database of migration numbers in the Sudbury/Assabet/Concord River watersheds, and beyond.

We will use this session to see if any Nighthawks migrate through or feed over Assabet River NWR. Nighthawk identifying tips will be covered, including how to distinguish them from other evening flyers, especially swifts, swallows and bats. We may also hear and see beavers, muskrats or owls.

Contact John to RSVP by 3pm on Thursday, August 21st at 3pm at jmilhaven@gmail.com or call 978-201-6028; limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, August 30, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, August 30th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 8AM to 11AM. We will meet at the FEMA gate parking lot (end of Old Marlboro Road in Maynard) and drive to the invasive removal areas located along Taylor Way, including the turtle nesting area.

Our target species include Glossy buckthorn, Purple loosestrife, Spotted knapweed & Coltsfoot.

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.

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!

 

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Contact: info@farnwr.org