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The Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit that works with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and our local communities to meet wildlife and biological management objectives, recreational and educational goals and support diverse programs related to the Refuge.
We promote educational programs related to the Refuge and natural history of the area. We organize events and programs that help make the refuge more available to the public. We work with Refuge staff to help improve the refuge. This work also provides an opportunity for members to get to know the refuge.
For our meeting on Wednesday, June 26 at 7:30 PM, Dave Small will talk about The Moths of Assabet River NWR. After his presentation, there will be a hands-on evening of observing moths and other insects outside the Visitor Center.read more »
Talks and Walks and Healthy Living
There's a variety of programs scheduled throughout June including nature walks, Riverfest programs, a Media Day and Coach Cate is on the refuge with her Healthy Living Tour.read more »
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Help Save Blanding's Turtles
Since 2006, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has made an effort to establish a new population of Blanding's turtles (a threatened species) at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) by moving juveniles and hatchlings from Oxbow NWR.
Funding is urgently needed to help continue this conservation effort. Please consider helping fund this effort with a tax-deductible contribution to the Friends.
For information see Save the Blanding's Turtle.
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Saving Blanding's Turtles
The Friends of the Assabet River NWR and the Friends of the Oxbow NWR are collaborating to provide much needed funding for the conservation of Blanding's turtles. And the MetroWest Daily News covered Hudson School children's contribution to the conservation of the turtles. read more »
Friends Awarded Every Day Event Grant
With generous support from Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) has awarded the Friends an Every Day Event Grant to further our mission of engaging the community to learn about, use and enjoy the Refuge.read more »
A Place to Rest and Enjoy the View
Mark Tentarelli of Sudbury as his Eagle Scout project built three benches which are now artfully located on the refuge. Come take a walk, sit for a spell, and take in the view.read more »
Masons Support FARNWR
The Joseph Warren-Soley Lodge of Masons supports FARNWR with a substantial donation!read more »
Naturalist Educator Training on Vernal Pools
We had another wonderful session of the spring Naturalist Educator Training with Stephen DeFlorio held on April 20th. Who would have thought Vernal Pools were so interesting!read more »
Belted Kingfisher chosen to represent the Assabet River NWR
The Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge is thrilled to present a new logo to represent the Assabet River NWR. Check it out at the top of this page or read more »
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