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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, May 7, 7:00 AM
Saturday, May 14, 7:00 AM
Saturday, May 21, 7:00 AM
Saturday, May 28, 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.

Saturday, May 7, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, May 7th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9AM to Noon. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot.

Winterberry Way will be one of our focus areas again this year for working on invasive plants. This week we will start pulling Glossy Buckthorn. A second group will be removing scattered patches of Japanese Knotweed and Lesser Celandine along Winterberry Way. The target species will be Glossy Buckthorn, Burning Bush, Japanese Knotweed and Lesser Celandine.

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!

Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 PM

Film Night: “The Big Year”

Come for a movie night complete with the big screen and popcorn. The movie involves two bird enthusiasts try to defeat the cocky, cutthroat world record holder in a year-long bird-spotting competition (100 mins).

RSVP with Tim at timothy_puopolo@fws.gov or 978-265-7467 so we know to expect you.

Saturday, May 14, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, May 14th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9AM to Noon. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot.

Our target species this week will be Glossy Buckthorn, Wild Parsnip, Japanese Knotweed and Lesser Celandine.

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

Please email Karen Riggert 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!

Sunday, May 15, 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. Join Cherrie for for a walk among spring wildflowers, returning birds, breeding reptiles, splashing fish, and all of the sensual splendors of this awakening season. Wear layers for comfort out on the Dike Trail. Bring binoculars and cameras if you have them.

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.

Saturday, May 19, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Thursday, May 19th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9AM to Noon. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot.

Our target species will be Narrowleaf Bittercress (Bushy Rock-cress) and Japanese Knotweed.

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, May 21, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, May 21st, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9AM to Noon. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot.

Our target species will be Locust, Glossy Buckthorn, Narrowleaf Bittercress (Bushy Rock-cress) and Japanese Honeysuckle.

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, May 21, 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’s theme will be on litter. Check the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge facebook page for up to date information.

Note:the date change for this month. 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, May 21, 6:45 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. Join Cherrie for a full moon/evening walk of special glimpses of refuge wildlife, its sounds, and its beauty during the golden hour of the day. Toward the end of each walk, we'll watch the moonrise together and walk back in its light. Wear layers suitable for changing temperature. Insect repellent is recommended.

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.

Sunday, May 22, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Historic Bunker Tour

Join local historian Jan Wright for an informative hour long 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 Friday, May 20th.

Wednesday, May 25, 7:00 PM

Friends Monthly Speaker Series with John Maguranis presenting Coyotes: Learn all about the most misunderstood and remarkable animal in North America

Coyotes are important ecologically and need to be welcomed as a much needed predator. This talk covers natural history, habits, diet, hazing of coyotes, human and pet safety, discusses the unfair press coverage and dispels the myths of the much misunderstood American Song Dog that deserves respect and appreciation. The presentation is filled with great photographs of local coyotes and will answer your questions and concerns about coyotes and will provide information to educate the community about living with coyotes, empowering communities and Animal Control Officers (ACOs) with the tools, information, and resources they need to coexist with coyotes.

John Maguranis's passion and engaging personality have been instrumental in helping to foster educated coexistence and compassionate conservation throughout New England. His ability to distill information from scientists, researchers and biologists and present it in a way that is meaningful and memorable has earned him recognition throughout the North East. For more information, visit his website: www.ProjectCoyote.org.

A brief business meeting will precede the presentation and light refreshments will be served. Talks are free and open to the public.

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.

Sunday, May 29, 1:00 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 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 RSVP with Tim at timothy_puopolo@fws.gov or 978-265-7467 we know to expect you.

 

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Contact: info@farnwr.org