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Upcoming Events, Walks and Programs

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Note that most of our Monthly Meetings are recorded. Links to recordings hosted by SudburyTV can be found on the Archive page.

Saturday, July 5, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, July 5th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working along Winterberry Way on the north side of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (ARNWR) from 8 AM to 11 AM.

Our target species include glossy buckthorn, autumn olive, black swallow-wort and tree of heaven. There are numerous native species thriving in this area that will benefit from our effort.

We will meet at the Hudson Road entrance parking area. Bring gloves, insect repellent and water. Protective clothing/sunscreen is advised since most of the work area is unshaded.

Please email APT@truebenbach.com if you can help, but last minute drop-ins are also welcome!

Saturday, July 12, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, July 12th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working along Winterberry Way on the north side of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (ARNWR) from 8 AM to 11 AM.

Our target species will be wild parsnips, Japanese hops and glossy buckthorn. The oil of wild parsnips is a skin irritant so caution to avoid contact will be exercised.

We will meet at the Hudson Road entrance parking area. Bring gloves, insect repellent and water. Protective clothing/sunscreen is advised since most of the work area is unshaded.

Please email c.debold@comcast.net if you can help, but last minute drop-ins are also welcome!

Saturday, July 12, 9:30 AM

Explorative Hike at Great Meadows NWR

Take a guided interpretation hike of the Great Meadows NWR (Sudbury Unit) trails! We will travel through uplands, woodlands, as well as by a river and a pond! Learn a little about the history, geology, and wildlife found along the Weir Hill and Red Maple trails! Be sure to wear sneakers and bring bug spray, sun protection, and water! Hike will be approximately 1-mile long and we will meet in front of the headquarters building. Great Meadows NWR in Sudbury (73 Weir Hill Road, Sudbury, MA).

Saturday, July 12, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Full Moon Evening Foray at Great Meadows NWR

Join naturalist Cherrie Corey for her continuing exploration of the Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge landscape in the evening. We'll savor the flowers, wildlife, and warm light of summer evenings along the marsh and river's edge. We'll conclude with our collective enjoyment of the sun's setting and full moon rise.

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, July 19, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! On Saturday, July 19th, APT (Assabet Pulling Together) will be working along Winterberry Way on the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (ARNWR) from 8AM to 11AM.

Our target species include glossy buckthorn, autumn olive, black swallow-wort, tree of heaven (Chinese sumac), wild parsnips, bladder senna and knotweed. There are numerous native species thriving in this area that will benefit from our effort. We just discovered the bladder senna shrub that is located between the Visitor Center parking lot and Harry’s Way near Winterberry Way. We will be removing it because it is not a native species with potential as an invasive but is quite interesting as well. For details check: gobotany.

We will meet at the Hudson Road entrance parking area. Bring gloves, insect repellent and water. Protective clothing/sunscreen is advised since most of the work area is unshaded.

Please email rkriggert@verizon.net if you can help, but last minute drop-ins are also welcome!

Saturday, July 19, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Pollinator Pride Day

Join us at the Visitor Center for a fun-filled day of learning about pollinators! Learn about the role hummingbirds, bees, and other insects play in providing us with the food we need! There will be storytelling, crafts, games, and informative talks about these important members of the natural environment.

Saturday, July 19, 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. The refuge is teaming with life with the burst of summer wildflowers and lotuses in July.

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.

Friday, July 25, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Refuge Fledgling Hour — Nature-themed Program Series for Kids

Join Refuge staff for Refuge Fledgling Hour, a nature-themed program series that includes crafts, stories, and games or songs that relate to a different topic each month.

Programs are 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. Program is limited to 25 kids so registration is required; please contact Kizette at kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov or 978-562-3527 x 117 to RSVP.

Sunday, July 27, 7:30 - 9:30 AM

Birding By Ear

Summer birding is more about listening and hearing bird calls. The dense foliage makes it difficult to see them at this time of year. During this walk, you will learn basics that emphasize how to identify birds by their songs and calls. We will explore forest and wetland habitat around Puffer Pond. Contact John to RSVP by 3pm on Thursday, July 24th at jmilhaven@gmail.com or call 978-201-6028; limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, August 2, 2:00 PM

Solar Empowerment

Learn how a solar panel system works, the optimal location for a system and the various financial avenues to get you there. Find out how solar power can help you gain control over and even eliminate your electric bill. Massachusetts’ solar policies are some of the best in the country. Find out if you can benefit from them and contribute even more benefits to your community and our planet. Quick site suitability test will be available for those interested. Presented by Jo Palumbo, a Solar Project Manager with Transformations Inc. in Townsend, MA. Please contact Kizette at kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov or 978-562-3527 x 117 to RSVP and for further details.

 

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