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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, May 2, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

In 2014 – thanks to our APT hard working volunteers, 1,500 volunteer hours were contributed to the invasive removal effort (a very good beginning).

Now it’s time to get started on the APT 2015 invasive removal project on the Assabet River NWR on Saturday, May 2nd, 9am – 12 noon. First removal invasive species on our agenda is Garlic mustard. We will focus our efforts on two locations. Once we hear back from you as to being available, we’ll provide directions to your work party site.

Please bring water, any snacks you would like and dress for ticks (and definitely check for after returning home). Gloves and insect repellent are recommended.

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

Saturday, May 2, 7:00 AM
Saturday, May 9, 7:00 AM
Saturday, May 16, 7:00 AM
Saturday, May 23, 7:00 AM
Saturday, May 30, 7:00 AM

Spring Migration Bird Walks

Spring is the most exciting time for bird watching in our area. Colorful spring migrants, including warblers, are moving back and the bare trees allow for easy viewing. We will search the Refuge to determine which of these seasonal visitors have returned. There are always some surprises at this time of year!

Contact John Milhaven to RSVP by 3pm on Fridays at jmilhaven@gmail.com or call 978-201-6028; limited to 20 participants. Walks will be weather dependent.

Wednesday, May 6, 7:00 PM

Spring Migration at the Concord Impoundments Presentation with Steve Arena

Eyes on Conservation - Speaker Series

Steve Arena conducts USFWS marsh bird surveys at the Great Meadows NWR Concord Impoundments as well as other wetland sites in the Commonwealth. Steve will present an overview of the breeding marsh birds that are found at the Great Meadows refuge and why the management of this habitat is so important for these secretive marsh birds.

Saturday, May 9, 7:00 AM

Spring Migration Bird Walk

International Migratory Bird Day

Come celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and explore the refuge looking for our spring migrants such as different warblers and Eastern Towhee along with the many other species of songbirds that call the refuge home for a few months each year.

Contact John Milhaven to RSVP by 3pm on Friday at jmilhaven@gmail.com or call 978-201-6028; limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, May 9, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, May 2nd, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9AM to Noon, meeting at the Visitor Center parking area.

The group will split into two teams. One team will remove garlic mustard and celandine ficaria walking along Winterberry Way to the turnaround. Native flora seeds will be planted at the invasive removal sites. The other team will remove glossy buckthorn along Winterberry Way wetlands.

Wear long pants and garden gloves and bring insect repellent and water. Small hand shovels would be helpful for digging celandine.

Please email rkriggert@verizon.net if you can help, but last minute drop-ins are also welcome! Thanks to our hardworking volunteers. Let's keep making room for natives!

Saturday, May 9, 1:00 PM

Intro to Birding for Kids

International Migratory Bird Day

As the weather warms we all start hearing and seeing different birds come out. In this program geared to kids there will be a short indoor introduction and then a short walk. We will learn how to identify common Massachusetts birds and then transform into birds to play and learn about the life of a bird along its migration route.

Best for kids over 4 years old; siblings welcome. Please contact Kizette at kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov or 978-562-3527 x 117 to RSVP.

Sunday, May 10, 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. What a winter it has been! But the warming sun, singing birds, and fattening buds reassure us that spring is poised to blossom. Join Cherrie to greet the flowers, water creatures, and returning birds that fill the refuge with exuberant life each spring. Dress in layers, the refuge trails are often 10º cooler than more protected areas in springtime. Bring binoculars and cameras if you have them. All ages welcome.

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, May 22, 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 this month’s theme.

Programs are usually 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, May 22, 3:00 PM

Intro to Birding for Kids

As the weather warms we all start hearing and seeing different birds come out. In this program geared to kids there will be a short indoor introduction and then a short walk. We will learn how to identify common Massachusetts birds and then transform into birds to play and learn about the life of a bird along its migration route.

Best for kids over 4 years old; siblings welcome. Please contact Kizette at kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov or 978-562-3527 x 117 to RSVP.

Saturday, May 23, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, May 23rd, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9AM to Noon, meeting at the end of Moore Road in Sudbury, entrance into ARNWR south parcel. (Moore Road is the first right off Dutton Road coming from Hudson Road.)

The south parcel has the least amount of invasive flora on the Refuge, due to less disturbance through the many years. We look forward to introducing you to some of these native species. Our target species will be glossy buckthorn and spotted knapweed.

Wear long pants and garden gloves and bring insect repellent and water. Please bring hand shovels to aid in removal of both of these species.

Please email rkriggert@verizon.net if you can help, but last minute drop-ins are also welcome! Thanks to our hardworking volunteers. Let's keep making room for natives!

Wednesday, May 27, 7:00 PM

Friends Monthly Speaker Series with William Lynn talking about The Wisdom of the Barred Owl: Ethics and Wicked Problems in Environmental Policy

What ought we do when the protection of one species may involving the killing of another? This was the wicked problem facing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) when deciding whether to kill barred owls for the benefit of the northern spotted owls. Wicked problems are policy issues over which there is strong moral disagreement, making them problems that cannot be solved through science alone. Recognizing they needed ethics training and analysis, the USFWS formed the Barred Owl Stakeholder Group (BOSG).

The final environmental impact statement recommended a removal experiment, and barred owls are currently being killed in four removal zones in the Pacific northwest. This was both an ethical and scientific judgement. It was also a pathbreaking document in that it was the first time a federal agency integrated a formal ethics review into its environmental analysis, with far reaching implications for environmental policy.

Bill Lynn is Senior Fellow for Ethics and Public Policy in the Center for Urban Resilience at Loyola Marymount University, a research scientist in the Marsh Institute at Clark University, and former Director of the Masters in Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University. His research and teaching focus on ethics and public policy, with an emphasis on animals, the environment and sustainability. Standing astride the environmental humanities and social sciences, Bill uses ethics and policy analysis to explore how moral norms shape public policy. As a consultant and keynote speaker, he also provides ethics advising, training and social marketing to help citizens and organizations improve their toolbox for policy-making.

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.

Thursday, May 28, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Thursday, May 28th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9AM to Noon, meeting at the Visitor Center parking area.

Our target species will be glossy buckthorn and we will survey for black swallow-wort, Japanese knotweed and hops.

Wear long pants and garden gloves and bring insect repellent and water. Please bring hand shovels to aid in removal of both of these species.

Please email rkriggert@verizon.net if you can help, but last minute drop-ins are also welcome! Thanks to our hardworking volunteers. Let's keep making room for natives!

Saturday, June 6, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Family Day at the Refuge

Drumlin Farm Summer Camp Open House

Family activities throughout the day ranging from face painting and storytelling to live animal presentations. This day is co-sponsored with Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Day Camp so come learn about summer camp at the refuge as well as getting outside to learn about the natural environment! This is a fun filled day to get to know the refuge and to find out why it is a wonderful place for families to visit.

To see the full schedule of programs for the day, visit the refuge website.

Sunday, June 14, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Historic Bunker Tour

Join local historian Jan Wright for an informative slideshow followed by a 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 June 13th at 3pm.

Saturday, June 20, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Annual Fishing Event and Riverfest Family Activities at Great Meadows NWR

Join refuge staff and MassWildlife’s Angler Expert – Jim Lagacy to learn how to fly-cast, spin-cast, and even tie your own fly. All equipment will be provided.

10am – 2pm: Family fun for everyone -join in games, crafts, and face painting, or go for a hike on the trails to discover the variety of riverine habitats on the refuge.

11am - 1pm: Wildlife- Up Close and Personal - join Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm naturalist for a family-friendly visit with native wildlife that live along the banks of the rivers and depend on a healthy habitat.

1pm: Snakes of New England and the World – see a variety of local snakes close up, and a few exotic ones too. Rick Roth, Director of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team, will bring some of his favorites and talk about their lives and habits.

The Great Meadows NWR Headquarters is located at 73 Weir Hill Road in Sudbury. This event qualifies as a free fishing day, between the hours of 10am - 2pm state fishing licenses are not required to participate.

Riverfest is celebrated all weekend with programs throughout the watershed, for other programs visit Riverfest.

Sunday, June 21, Noon - 4:00 PM

Explore Puffer Pond by Canoe or Kayak

The Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge's Puffer Pond has been closed to the public to protect it from invasive plant contamination. This is your chance to enjoy a self-guided exploration on the pond by canoe or kayak. A family-friendly event. Boats will be available for free for 1-hour of paddling courtesy of Nashoba Paddler.

Reserve your slot by emailing diane@nashobapaddler.com.

Sunday, June 21, 6:30 - 8:30 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. Warm summer nights and full moon light ... join Cherrie for an evening walks to explore the refuge on the edge of a long summer's day. Birds and beavers stir and settle, herons feed, and great egrets fly to their roosts. Hawk moths come out to feed on evening primrose blossoms and lotuses glow in the moonlight. The air is heavy with floral scents and rainbows may appear as storms pass along the horizon. It's a magical time to be out together. Bring binoculars and cameras if you have them. All ages welcome.

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, June 24, 7:00 PM

Friends Monthly Speaker Series with Jon Regosin talking about Recovery of the Northern Red-bellied Cooter

The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program at MassWilldife and the USFWS have been working together to recover the Endangered Massachusetts population of the Red-bellied Cooter for over 25 years. During the late 1980’s, cooters in Massachusetts were restricted to a about a dozen ponds in the Plymouth area. The USFWS established the Massasoit National Wildlife Refuge to protect important cooter habitat. MassWildlife and USFWS established a program to protect nests and rear hatchlings in captivity for several months before releasing them back to the wild. With over 3,500 “headstarted” turtles released, in partnership with schools and volunteers, this is the largest and longest running program of its kind.

Jon Regosin, Ph.D., Chief of Conservation Science at MassWildlife will give a presentation about these remarkable endangered turtles, and recent field research to evaluate the effectiveness of headstarting. Dr. Regosin conducts research on amphibians, reptiles, and birds, and his cooter research was recently featured on Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin.

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, June 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 this month’s theme.

Programs are usually 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.

 

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Contact: info@farnwr.org