March Events

Monthly Program

On Sunday, March 31st at 2:00 PM, step back into 1942 and learn about two of Stow’s multi-generational families who had their farms taken by eminent domain in what is now the refuge, as the Federal Government scrambled to build up the country’s defenses. read more

March Activities

We're still planning events for unpredictable March. A birding walk is tentatively scheduled for the end of the month. read more


New Items at the Nature Store

FARNWR Hats 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 needed to Transport Video Equipment

Our monthly presentations are available to be viewed on Sudbury TV. But this will no longer be possible without a volunteer to transport the video equipment to and from the visitor center. The equipment needs to be transported from the office of Sudbury TV office in Lincoln-Sudbury High School in Sudbury. Sudbury TV's office is usually open between 9AM and 4PM on weekdays. The equipment can be picked up a day or so before our presentations and then returned the next day. It needs to be delivered to the Assabet River NWR visitor center the day/evening of the presentation. If you like to attend our presentations, this is a wonderful way to help us out.

Our presentations are on Sunday afternoons in March and April and then on Wednesday evenings May through June and resuming in September through November. Please email info@farnwr.org if you would like more information.

See our volunteer page for more ways you can volunteer with the Friends.

Volunteers needed at the Friends' Nature Store

A sample of the Nature Store The Nature store is in need of volunteers, both to assist with managing the store and for staffing on weekends. Weekend staffing slots are available as full shifts (10AM - 4PM) and half shifts (10AM - 1PM and 1PM - 4PM). This is a really fun way to be part of our team and meet interesting people. A minimum of 1 shift per month is requested. Please contact Paula Goodwin at info@farnwr.org for more information.

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 RefugeThe 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:

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:

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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 12thFormer 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.

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