Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Visitor Center will be closed until further notice. The Complex is following the guidance offered by the CDC, as well as state and local governments in an effort to limit the spread of the virus. The EMAS team will meet at the beginning of April to evaluate the situation and decide how to move forward.
The Friends have postponed all March activities due to COVID-19 concerns. The March 22d speaker meeting has been cancelled and hopefully can be rescheduled for a date in June. The Peer to Peer Workshop (March 27-28) has been cancelled and the plan is to reschedule for late September/early October.
New Items at the Nature Store
Assabet River NWR Hats and Mugs are now for sale at the Nature Store. They proudly show the refuge's Kingfisher logo. Buy one today and show your pride!
Volunteer Videographer Needed
Beginning with our May 2020 speaker program, a volunteer videographer is needed to record our monthly speaker meetings for Sudbury TV for later broadcast on their cable channel. If you can commit to this opportunity, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and a board member will contact you.
See our volunteer page for more ways you can volunteer with the Friends.
Please Stand With Us Against the Proposed Path of High Voltage Power Lines
The power lines would clear cut an 82 foot wide strip next to the RefugeImage courtesy of Protect Sudbury
We would like to make you aware of an important issue facing our Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge and to encourage you to take action.
Eversource Energy plans to build an 115 thousand volt, 70+ foot high, high-tension power line from central Sudbury to Hudson Light and Power on Forest Ave in Hudson. To do this, the company plans to cut a 7.6 mile long, 82.5 foot wide swath of woods along the old abandoned railroad tracks running through Sudbury and Hudson. Approximately 4.3 miles of the line will be in Sudbury and 4.6 miles in Hudson. These tracks are adjacent to the Refuge’s southern boundary (and run through the Desert Natural Area.)
The letter below from the president of the Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge opposes this plan and urges the company to run its lines underground so as to protect the Refuge’s flora, fauna and visitor enjoyment. The Sudbury Board of Selectmen and Sudbury Valley Trustees, amongst others, are also against this proposal.
Video from Protect Sudbury about the high voltage power lines:
If you would like to be heard on this issue, please see the list of emails at the end of the letter. An email from you to Eversource Energy (NSTAR) or to your government representation can make an important difference in the outcome.
Please find links to additional information below:
- FARNWR: Letter to Eversource (pdf file)
- Protect Sudbury: www.protectsudbury.org
- Protect Hudson: www.protecthudsonma.org
- Press Coverage: www.protectsudbury.org/press-coverage/
- Eversource: www.eversource.com/
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.
Hear from Jared Green on the Blanding's turtles project:
About the Friends
Former Friends president Betsy Griffin received a Certificate of Special Recognition for the Friends work from Congresswoman Niki Tsongas at the Fourth Annual River Day on Sunday, September 12th 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.