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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, October 4, 8:00 AM

Bird Walk at Great Meadows NWR

The Brookline Bird Club is leading a bird walk on Great Meadows NWR. Meet at the refuge parking lot off Monsen Road.

For more information, contact Barbara Volkle at barb620@theworld.com or 508-393-9251. Co-sponsored with the Friends of the Assabet River NWR.

Saturday, October 4, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, October 4th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9AM to Noon, meeting at the Winterberry Way turnaround parking area. Rain is in the forecast so we’ll send an email notice by 7:00AM if we need to cancel.

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!

Saturday, October 11, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, October 11th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9AM to Noon, meeting at the Winterberry Way turnaround parking area. Rain is in the forecast so we’ll send an email notice by 7:00AM if we need to cancel.

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, October 12, 7:30 AM

Morning Bird Walk with John Milhaven

Walk the trails of this varied refuge. Be prepared to walk! Co-sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club and the Friends of Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge.

Meeting place: Hudson Road entrance parking lot in Sudbury. Contact John Milhaven to RSVP at jmilhaven@gmail.com or call 978-201-6028.

Saturday, October 18, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, October 18th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9 AM to 12 Noon, meeting at the Winterberry Way turnaround parking area. Rain is in the forecast so we’ll send an email notice by 7:00AM if we need to cancel.

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, 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!

Sunday, October 19, 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. 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, October 22, 7:00 PM

Friends Monthly Speaker Series with Lawrence Millman talking about A Painless Introduction to Fungi

Lawrene Millman in Siberia (courtesy of the author) Learn about the ecological role of fungi, and why our habitats would be even more unhappy without them, for they are the world’s best recyclers. You’ll also learn that all mushrooms are fungi, but not all fungi are mushrooms. For example, you’ll see images of the so-called Noble Polypore, an endangered fungus that can tip the scales at 300 pounds, as well as the Deadly Galerina, a species so small that it can’t tip any scale. Likewise, you'll learn about Emily Dickinson’s mushroom phobia. Please note that this presentation will not focus on edibles!

Lawrence Millman is a mycologist, Arctic explorer, author. His 16 books include such titles as Last Places, Lost in the Arctic, An Evening Among Headhunters, Hiking to Siberia, Fascinating Fungi of New England, and — most recently — Giant Polypores & Stoned Reindeer: Rambles in Kingdom Fungi.

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, October 24, 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, October 25, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, October 25th, 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!

Sunday, October 26, 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, October 24th. Limited to 20 participants.

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.

 

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