Upcoming Events, Walks and Programs
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Wednesday, February 8, 6:30 - 7:20 PM
Full Moon Owl Prowl at Great Meadows NWR
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. Meet at Refuge Headquarters at 73 Weir Hill Rd. in Sudbury.
Sunday, February 19, 3:00 - 5:00 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. All ages welcome. Winter has come 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.
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.
Wednesday, February 22, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Friends Monthly Presentation: Lisa Vernegaard presenting Presence and Condition of Massachusetts Animals and Plants
Our local landscape is home to a great diversity of wildlife. Using a stunning collection of photographs, Lisa Vernegaard, SVT Executive Director, will introduce you to the many animals and plants that call this part of Massachusetts home. Come learn about their conservation status, and what we can do to help our wild neighbors.
Lisa Vernegaard has 30 years of experience working in the protection and stewardship of natural and historic areas across the United States. As the Executive Director of Sudbury Valley Trustees, she oversees the operations of a regional land trust that works to protect natural areas for wildlife and people in a 36-community region between Boston and Worcester. Before joining SVT in 2013, Lisa worked with The Trustees of Reservations, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the US Forest Service. Lisa holds a Masters in Forest Science from Yale University and a B.S. in Biology from Carleton College.
Our monthly presentations are free and open to the public. The presentations are held at the Refuge Visitor Center at 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA (directions). Presentations are preceded by a short business meeting and light refreshments are served.
Wednesday, February 23, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Bird Feeder Workshop for Kids
One of the most interesting wildlife types to view in the winter is the birds! We will learn the basics of bird-watching and how birds live in the winter time; and we will even be able to take home our own crafty bird feeders made from every-day materials! Suited for grades K-3, siblings welcome.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org before Sunday Feb. 19th so we have enough supplies.
Friday, February 24, 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.
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