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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, April 2, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Woodcock Watch at Great Meadows NWR

The earliest signs of spring are here! Join us for a dusk viewing to see the male woodcock's aerial courtship display at 73 Weir Hill, Great Meadows NWR in Sudbury. Listen for the woodcock "peents" and see the male in full flight in display.

Contact jmilhaven@gmail.com to reserve a space.

Thursday, April 14, 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Introduction to Vernal Pools for Kids

Kids will learn about the importance of vernal pools and the organisms that call it home. After the indoors portion, we will explore a nearby vernal pool.

Program open to 5 year olds and older; siblings welcome. Program will happen even with rain! RSVP with Tim at timothy_puopolo@fws.gov or 978-265-7467 so we know to expect you.

Sunday, April 17, 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. What a winter it has been! But the warming sun, singing birds, and fattening buds reassure us that spring is poised to blossom, even as the snow slowly recedes. 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. Rubber boots or waterproof footgear are recommended in March and April. 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.

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.

Wednesday, April 20, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Earth Day, Wednesday, April 20th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9AM to Noon. Meet at the FEMA gate parking area.

The target species will be garlic mustard and celandine.

Wear long pants and bring insect repellent, sunscreen and water. Small hand shovels or a weed remover would be helpful for digging celandine. APT will provide disposable gloves for working with the garlic mustard and celandine.

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!

Thursday, April 21, 2:00 PM

Film Afternoon: Showing of Disney's 2015 Earth Day Film “Monkey Kingdom” and a Kids Program

A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia (81 mins). Rated G.

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

Friday, April 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 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, April 23, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, April 23th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working from 9AM to Noon. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot.

The target species will be garlic mustard and other invasives.

Wear long pants and bring insect repellent, sunscreen and water. Small hand shovels or a weed remover would be helpful for digging celandine. APT will provide disposable gloves for working with the garlic mustard and celandine.

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, April 24, 2:00 PM

Nature Hike for Families

Join refuge staff and one of our youth volunteers for a 3 mile walk to explore the refuge and learn about local animals and habitats. It will include an introduction to the refuge, a hike and followed by a social with light refreshments. Program geared towards everyone who can do the length of the hike. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Arnav would like to help raise funds for the Friends so donations of what you can give will be accept. The proceeds go to the Friends to provide refuge support. Please pre-register by contacting kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Assabet River NWR.

Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 PM

Friends Annual Meeting and Monthly Speaker Series with Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth presenting State of New England’s Native Plants: Challenges and Opportunities for Conservation

New England Wild Flower Society (NEWFS) recently released a comprehensive, peer-reviewed report that, for the first time, gathers together the most up-to-date data on the status of plants on the New England landscape. From these data, we can discern increases and declines in both rare and common species across all six states. We will discuss the report findings and discuss the importance of plants and habitats in supporting other organisms and in providing ecosystem services for humans. We identify hotspots of rare plant diversity, and discuss factors that foster this diversity. We document the primary ecological and man-made threats to both rare and common species. We discuss activities and initiatives by New England Wild Flower Society and many organizations in New England to conserve and manage rare plants and habitats throughout the region.

Elizabeth Farnsworth is Senior Research Ecologist with NEWFS, and a biologist, educator, and scientific illustrator. She is also senior editor of the botanical journal, Rhodora. She was principal investigator on a National Science Foundation-funded project to develop an on-line award-winning guide to the regional flora for teaching botany (Go Botany).

This is the Friends of the Assabet River NWR annual meeting. 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.

Saturday, April 30, 2:00 PM

Puppet Show: Turtle's New Home

An engaging story about a New England Wetland Habitat, featuring Deborah Costine Nature Puppets.

What do the North American Beaver, Blue Spotted Salamander, Blanding’s Turtle, and Dragonfly all have in common? They all live at the refuge and want to tell you a story. Open to families with children age 4 and up to immerse themselves into the unique world of Deborah Costine’s award-winning puppetry. Children will develop a strong connection to the characters in this story that will stay with them long after the show is over. Families participating in this program will: learn about the refuge’s effort to save the Blanding’s Turtle; receive information to help them explore the refuge; take home a free book about beavers, salamanders, turtles or river wetlands; and if desired enjoy a healthy snack.

This program is free of charge and limited to 120 participants so please register early with Linda at First Connections lmatthews@jri.org or 978-429-8284. The program is supported in part by a grant First Connections applied for from the Sudbury Culture Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Additional funding was received from Mass Dept of Early Education and Care.

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.

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.

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 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.

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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