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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.

Sunday, July 3, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Taking the Visitor Center Outdoors

Enjoy walking the trails here at Assabet River? Enjoy them a little more! Learn about the land’s nature and history while simultaneously having a beautiful holiday weekend walk. Informational exhibit tables will be present at popular points across the refuge to explore at your leisure, feel free to ask questions!

Saturday, July 9, 7:00 AM

Nesting Birds Summer Walk

Even though the spring migration is behind us, there are many bird species that chose our neck of the woods to raise their young. Join experienced birder and volunteer Paul Daugherty and summer intern Wilson Acuna as they lead you along our trails looking for the sights and sounds of our nesting birds. You will also have the chance to learn about the history of the refuge.

Birders of all levels are welcome. Please email Wilson_acuna@fws.gov or call (978) 440-0875 by 6pm on the Friday before each walk to RSVP. Meeting place is at the North Gate, and space is limited to 20 participants. Don't forget your binoculars! Tambien se habla Espaňol!

Saturday, July 9, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, July 9th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9AM to Noon. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot. Work session will go ahead in a light rain or drizzle.

Wear long pants and bring insect repellent, sunscreen and water.

Please email Dave Lange delange005@earthlink.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, July 16, 7:00 AM

Nesting Birds Summer Walk at Great Meadows NWR

Join experienced birder and volunteer Paul Daugherty and summer intern Wilson Acuna for the Concord Unit Impoundment part of the Nesting Birds Summer Walk Series. Enjoy the majestic view as we walk in search for the sights and sounds of our nesting birds at one of the best inland birding locations in Massachusetts.

Birders of all levels are welcome. Don’t forget your binoculars! Please email Wilson_acuna@fws.gov or call (978) 440-0875 by 3pm on the Saturday before each walk to RSVP. Meeting place is at the parking lot, and Space is limited to 20 participants. Tambien se habla Espaňol!

Saturday, July 16, 9:00 AM

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, July 16th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9AM to Noon. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot.

This week we will concentrate on an area we call the “classroom” as it has many invasive species including several “early detection” species which we have been concentrating on removing. The “classroom” is highly disturbed area with lots of Glossy Buckthorn, Oriental Bittersweet and Multiflora Rose. The Multiflora Rose was treated with herbicide in late March and is now dead. We will be removing buckthorn, bittersweet and multiflora rose to provide better access to work on the early detection species.

Wear long pants and bring insect repellent, sunscreen and water. Work or garden gloves are useful for working on these plants.

Please email Dave Lange delange005@earthlink.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!

Sunday, July 17, 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. All ages welcome. Summer is bountiful at Great Meadows, buzzing with life and full of fragrance and color. Join Cherrie to discover and commune with the many plants and creatures that help to create this vibrant landscape and keep it humming.

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.

Tuesday, July 19, 6:45 PM

Full Moon 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. Join Cherrie for a full moon/evening walk for special glimpses of refuge wildlife, serenades of night song, and the memorable beauty of the "golden hour." Toward the end of each walk, we will watch the moon rise together and walk back in its light. Wear layers for changing temperatures and bring a small flashlight, for the walk back, if your night vision is poor. Insect repellent is recommended, but please apply well away and down wind of others.

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.

Tuesday, July 19, 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Full Moon Hike

Join us on a 3 mile walk around Puffer Pond in the pale moonlight. We’ll take in the sights and sounds of the summer nighttime air and let our eyes adjust to the lighting given off from July’s full moon. Take this opportunity to submerge yourself into the nocturnal world that operates parallel to our own.

If interested email timothy_puopolo@fws.gov so we know what numbers to expect.

Friday, July 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. This month: Flowers, Bees & Honey. Through a story, games, song and a craft, children will learn the connection between flowers and bees and how we get our honey. All will be invited on an “I Spy” trail walk to look for bees and flowers at the end of the program. 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. For 2 to 5 year olds; siblings welcome. Held at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, July 23, 7:00 AM

Nesting Birds Summer Walk

Even though the spring migration is behind us, there are many bird species that chose our neck of the woods to raise their young. Join experienced birder and volunteer Paul Daugherty and summer intern Wilson Acuna as they lead you along our trails looking for the sights and sounds of our nesting birds. You will also have the chance to learn about the history of the refuge.

Birders of all levels are welcome. Please email Wilson_acuna@fws.gov or call (978) 440-0875 by 6pm on the Friday before each walk to RSVP. Meeting place is at the North Gate, and space is limited to 20 participants. Don't forget your binoculars! Tambien se habla Espaňol!

Sunday, July 24, 1:00 PM

El Búnker Tour en Español

Disclaimer: This program will be held in Spanish. Please ask our refuge staff about regular Bunker tour.

Acompaňenos en el Refugio de Vida Silvestre del Rio Assabet (Assabet River NWR) para una interesante y educative presentasion sobre el pasado y la historia del refugio, seguido por un tour de uno de los mas de 50 bunkers de almacenamiento de armas de la Segunda Guerra Mundial que se encuentran aqui mismo en el refugio. Para registrarse por favor enviar un correo a Wilson_acuna@fws.gov o por telefono al numero (978) 440-0875. Este es un evento gratuito, y gente de todas las edades es bienvenida.

Saturday, July 31, 7:00 AM

Nesting Birds Summer Walk at Great Meadows NWR

Join experienced birder and volunteer Paul Daugherty and summer intern Wilson Acuna for the Concord Unit Impoundment part of the Nesting Birds Summer Walk Series. Enjoy the majestic view as we walk in search for the sights and sounds of our nesting birds at one of the best inland birding locations in Massachusetts.

Birders of all levels are welcome. Don’t forget your binoculars! Please email Wilson_acuna@fws.gov or call (978) 440-0875 by 3pm on the Saturday before each walk to RSVP. Meeting place is at the parking lot, and Space is limited to 20 participants. Tambien se habla Espaňol!

 

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