Upcoming Events, Walks and Programs
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Saturday November 12, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Intro to Hibernation for Kids
We are not the only species to notice the seasonal changes around us, but when we can put on an extra layer other animals need to be more creative. Some animals must hibernate during the frigid months, join us as we discuss what hibernation is, what native animals hibernate, and then we’ll go out and build some dens of our own!
Sunday November 13, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
The Fight Against Animal Trafficking
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service fights to protect threatened and endangered species in many ways, and one is to curb the purchase and sale of these animals on the black and open market. Come to the Visitor Center and learn what we do to protect natural biodiversity on the human front, and check out some rare items!
Sunday, November 13, 2:30 - 4:30 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. Green gives way to burnished color, flowers fade, leaves fall, geese flock, muskrat lodges rise, gossamer billows, and sunsets burn their brightest hues of the year. Join Cherrie to explore these marvels and more.
Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Assabet River NWR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For each walk, a $5/person voluntary donation is requested. No pre-registration required.
Meet at the information kiosk at Great Meadows NWR in Concord. Take Rte. 62 to Monsen Rd. Follow Monsen Rd. and turn left into refuge driveway when road turns sharply right. Follow refuge road to the parking lot at the end. GPS: 177 Monsen Rd., Concord, MA abutter to refuge driveway.
Please note: Refuge headquarters waives the entrance fee for these walks. However, we encourage everyone to consider purchasing a $12 annual pass to help support critical visitor service needs at Great Meadows - Concord.
Monday, November 14, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Full Moon Hike
The November full moon is also known as the Beaver Moon. The days are getting much shorter and colder at this point, with sunset dancing around 5:00pm. Meet outside the Visitor Center for a moonlit hike where we’ll learn what the month of November means to the local wildlife.
Wednesday, November 16, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Friends Monthly Presentation: Brian Butler presenting Timber Rattlesnakes
There are fourteen species of snakes native to Massachusetts. They occupy a diverse array of habitats, including: farmland, fields, forests, rocky hillsides, streams, and wetlands. Snakes are a valuable component of natural ecosystems, filling the role of both predator (of amphibians, rodents, etc.) and prey (for birds and mammals). There are two venomous snake species in Massachusetts - the timber rattlesnake and the copperhead, both of whom's populations are believed to be declining across the state. The state of Massachusetts is currently attempting to combat the decline of the timber rattlesnake through a variety of management strategies, including head-starting, population augmentation, and translocation. Come learn more about snake ecology and the exciting work being done by a number of partners to conserve Massachusetts' imperiled snake species.
Brian Butler is the President of Oxbow Associates, Inc., a wetlands and wildlife consulting company providing a broad range of ecological services and specializing in rare and herpetofaunal wildlife study and mitigation. He has studied the ecology of reptiles and amphibians for over 30 years, conducting taxon-specific and general habitat and impact assessments for development projects in Massachusetts. Much of his work consists of reviewing project sites for local conservation commissions, the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, US Army Corps of Engineers and other regulatory agencies.
Our monthly presentations are free and open to the public. The presentations are held at the Refuge Visitor Center at 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA (directions). Presentations are preceded by a short business meeting and light refreshments are served.
Friday, November 18, 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 (note: this month is the 3rd Friday due to the holidays). For 2 to 5 year olds; siblings welcome. Held at the Visitor Center.
Sunday, November 20, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Native American Heritage Month Walk
The Nipmuc that inhabited this region had a much closer connection to the wildlife than we do today. You’re welcome to come enjoy the weather and learn about the culture and history of the indigenous people of Massachusetts in honor of Native American Heritage Month.
Sunday, December 4, 8:30 - Noon, 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM