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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, June 4, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, June 4th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9AM to Noon. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot.

We will continue working on removing the locust along Winterberry Way. Other lighter invasive plant work continuing this week will be removing Wild Parsnips, Star-of-Bethlehem, Black Swallowwort and seedling Buckthorns.

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, June 4, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Family Day at the Refuge - Drumlin Farm Summer Camp Open House

There will be 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.

Saturday, June 11, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, June 11th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9AM to Noon. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot.

We will continue working on removing the Locust along Winterberry Way. Other lighter invasive plant work continuing this week will be removing Bittercress, Japanese Stilt Grass and seedling Buckthorns.

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!

Sunday, June 12, 2:00 PM

Rachel Carson Appreciation Walk

Did you know Rachel Carson worked for US Fish and Wildlife Service? In this walk learn about her career and contributions to the natural environment. To this date she has left a lasting impact. This will be a one hour nature hike in which we note her life at different spots along the way.

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

Saturday, June 18, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, June 18th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9AM to Noon. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot.

Wear long pants and bring insect repellent, sunscreen and water. Note that deer flies are out.

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!

On Wednesday the 15th, 21 students from the Environmental Science Program at Minuteman High School pulled Glossy Buckthorn along Winterberry Way. They were a great group and pulled a lot of buckthorn.

Butterfly Weed and Cardinal Flowers for planting: Butterfly Weed plants and Cardinal Flower seedlings were picked up this week. The Butterfly Weed will be planted this summer. The Cardinal Flower seedlings will be cared for over the summer and planted in the fall. These plants were generously donated to the FWS by Dave Longland. As it has been dry for some time Karen and others have been watering some of the plants APT planted last year. If you would like to help caring for these plants or help with watering please contact Karen Riggert or Dave Lange.

Sunday, June 19, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Annual Fishing Event & Riverfest Family Activities at Great Meadows NWR

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Calling All Anglers - beginners and experienced anglers join MassWildlife’s Angler Experts to learn how to fly-cast, spin-cast, and even tie your own fly. All equipment will be provided.This event qualifies as a free fishing day so state fishing licenses are not required to participate.

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: 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.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: 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.

1:00 PM: 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 Pool Team, will bring some of his favorites and talk about their lives and habits.

The Sudbury Headquarters is located at 73 Weir Hill Road in Sudbury. For information on the day contact Tim Puopolo at timothy_puopolo@fws.gov or 978-265-7467. Riverfest is celebrated all weekend with programs throughout the watershed, for other programs visit: Riverfest.

Sunday, June 19, 1:00 - 1:45 PM

Storytelling: Grandfather Turtle's Tales from the Three RiversIntro to Birding for Kids

Award winning and professional storyteller Tony Toledo brings nature to life on a whole new level. Come to the Visitor Center and hear Grandfather Turtle's adventures along the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers where he escapes peril, meets old and new friends, and has laughs along the way. Good for ages 5 and up.

Monday, June 20, 7:00 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 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.

Wednesday, June 22, 7:00 PM

Friends Monthly Speaker Series with Paul Boothroyd presenting The History of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge encompassing Hudson, Maynard, Stow and Sudbury, from the World War II years to the Present

Paul Boothroyd will present the history of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge from 1942 to present. He will describe the farms and streams that the US Government took by eminent domain to build a supply and ammunition depot during the Second World War. He will also talk about the various activities that took place on the refuge land during and after the war when it was being used by Fort Devens and the Natick Labs, and the fortunate turn of events when the FWS took over the land to form the refuge as we know it today. In addition to a slide-show supporting his talk, about 14 minutes of 8mm film footage from the 1930s will show the farm families that once inhabited the area.

Speaker Paul Boothroyd is the Maynard archivist. He has been researching the general area for decades and has specifically studied the history of the refuge for the last 15 years. Mr. Booth hosts Spring and Fall bus tours of the refuge each time concentrating on either the northern or large parcel of the refuge, or smaller south portion of the refuge near the old Boston & Maine railroad line used to service the depot during WWII. Paul is in the process of writing 3 books about the refuge. One is the history of the refuge up to its transformation into an Army depot and another from the Army years to the present. Mr. Boothroyd is also the author of a postcard series depicting the Town of Maynard, MA, during the 1900's.

A brief business meeting will precede the presentation and light refreshments will be served. Talks are free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted by non-members in support of the series.

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 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. This month’s theme will be on nature’s recyclers. 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, June 25, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, June 25th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9AM to Noon. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot.

Target species this Saturday will be Black Swallowwort and Glossy Buckthorn. We will be digging out the Black Swallowwort to remove the root ball.

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!

Sunday, June 26, 1:00 PM

Nature Program: What's the Buzz About?

Come in for an introduction to the world of pollination! Learn about the different types of animals that perform this important ecological service, and why their well-being is essential not only for nature, but also for human society. We will learn a little more about some of our native pollinators, and why so many of them are in trouble. We’ll give you some tips and ideas of things that you can do at home to help pollinators, including some fun, DIY project ideas to make your garden more pollinator-friendly. We’ll conclude with a short walk around the refuge to search for flowering plants and see some pollinators in action! RSVP to Tim to let us know you are attending.

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