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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, January 3, 6:30 PM

Explorative Night Hike - Full Moon Owl Hike

Have you ever heard or seen an owl before? The winter evening is a great time to spend outside under the moonlight searching for owls and enjoying the peace. This moderate hike of 2.5 miles will more than likely require snow shoes or cross country skis.Be sure to dress for the weather and you’re welcome to bring a headlamp or flashlight though we’ll try not to use it.

Starting point is the North Gate entrance to the Refuge in Stow. Limited to 15 participants. RSVP by Thursday, January 1st, please contact Kizette at kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov or 978-562-3527 x 117 to RSVP.

Saturday, January 10, 8:00 AM

FARNWR Winter Solstice Avian Survey

This time of year when the days reach their shortest is traditionally when birds in our area are counted. In the spirit of this effort we will be doing an informal survey of birds found in the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. Bird ID skills helpful, but not necessary. Please bring binoculars and a bird id guide and remember to dress warm.

Meet at the Visitor Center. Contact John to RSVP by 3pm on Friday, January 9th by email at jmilhaven@gmail.com or call 978-201-6028; limited to 15 participants.

Thursday, January 15, 7:00 PM

Film: Chasing Ice

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers (75 mins). Co-sponsored with Sustainable Sudbury. Discussion to follow film. Weather cancellation date of Thursday, January 22nd at 7pm.

Friday, January 23, 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.

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. 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.

Saturday, January 24, 2:00 - 4:00 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. With winter in full force, the earth and sky merge in a shared palette of color, shadow, and reflections. It is the season when land and waterscapes yield equally for our exploration. Ice and snow give way to myriad forms and ephemeral worlds that reveal themselves only in these silent, frozen months of the year. Join Cherrie for walks of winter revelation and sunset splendors. Dress warmly, head to toe!

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, February 8, 6:30 PM

Full Moon Owl Hike

Have you ever heard or seen an owl before? This time of year owls begin their mating season and are in full voice. It’s fun to spend a moonlit evening looking for them. Come explore the fascinating world of owls in New England. The program will start with a talk on owl characteristics and identification of owls found in Massachusetts. After the talk we will make our way out on the trails and attempt to locate some local owls by both sight and sound.

Contact John to RSVP by 3pm on Friday, February 6th by email at jmilhaven@gmail.com or call 978-201-6028; limited to 15 participants. Be sure to dress for the weather and you’re welcome to bring a headlamp or flashlight though we’ll try not to use it. Bring skis or snowshoes if you have them or snow boots. Snow reschedule date of Saturday, February 14th at 6:30pm.

Sunday, February 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. With winter in full force, the earth and sky merge in a shared palette of color, shadow, and reflections. It is the season when land and waterscapes yield equally for our exploration. Ice and snow give way to myriad forms and ephemeral worlds that reveal themselves only in these silent, frozen months of the year. Join Cherrie for walks of winter revelation and sunset splendors. Dress warmly, head to toe!

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.

Thursday, February 19, 7:00 PM

Film: Queen of the Sun

What are the bees telling us? This is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel. The film takes us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature (83 mins). Co-sponsored with the Anthroposophical Society in Greater Boston. Discussion to follow film with local beekeeper. Weather cancellation date of Thursday, March 5th at 7pm.

Friday, February 20, 1:30 PM

Family Winter Nature Hike

Come learn about and explore signs and tracks of wildlife on the refuge while doing some fun activities and games. Learn about what wildlife and nature do to survive the winter. Please dress for the weather from head to toe.

Please RSVP to Kizette at kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov or 978-562-3527 x 117 for the hike so we know to expect you.

Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 PM

Friends Monthly Speaker Series with Julia Blatt talking about Protecting Massachusetts Streams: What will the New Water Rules Mean for the Towns Surrounding the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge?

Despite the fact that Massachusetts receives 44 inches of precipitation a year, about a fifth of the Commonwealth's streams suffer from unnaturally low flows during dry summers, a condition that could worsen with climate change. This is particularly true in the I-495 region, due in part to a combination of thirsty lawns and municipal reliance on local water supplies. In an effort to curb the overuse of water, ensure water is available for future generations, and leave flow enough in the streams to keep them healthy, the Patrick Administration recently changed the way the state will allocate its water, beginning in 2015.

What are these changes and why are they necessary? What will they mean for the towns along the Sudbury and Assabet rivers, and for local rivers and streams? Julia Blatt, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, will take us through this innovative – and somewhat controversial – new policy, with a focus on local streams and towns in the ARNWR area.

Julia Blatt has been protecting rivers since 1987, when, as an aide to then-Congressman Chester Atkins, she helped eight communities gain federal Wild and Scenic River status for the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers. She worked as a planner for the state’s Riverways program (now Dept. of Ecological Restoration), and served as the Executive Director of the Organization for the Assabet River (now OARS) for eight years. Since, 2009, Julia has served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance. The group’s current highest priorities are protecting stream flow, cleaning up stormwater, improving river habitats, and increasing municipal and state investment in water infrastructure – some of the thorniest challenges facing rivers in Massachusetts. Julia earned an undergraduate degree in history from Brown University and a master’s in Urban and Environmental policy from Tufts. She lives in the Mystic River Watershed.

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, February 27, 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 topic will be on ice and what lives under it

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. 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.

 

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