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Upcoming Events, Walks and Programs

Click on an event in the calendar to see the details on the event.

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.

March Exhibit of the Month

The Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking

Stop by the Visitor Center during regular hours and see the new monthly exhibit. This month features various confiscated items sourced from endangered wildlife.

March Movie of the Month

Climate Change: Wildlife & Wetlands

A video on climate change science and the impacts on wildlife and their habitat in the United States (Runtime: 12 minutes).

Movie of the month plays on loop in the Visitor Center during regular hours throughout the month.

Sunday, March 12, 4:00 - 6:00 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. All ages welcome. Winter is fading this month but there may be snow highlighting all its floodplain features and icy rime, bringing dazzle to the trail edges.  The sounds of coots splashing, an eagle circling overhead, muskrat lodges highlighted by snow, and the muffled melodies of a song sparrow and a robin perched nearby all tell us that its time to wake up from a winter nap.

Bundle up and join Cherrie to explore the splendor and silence of the refuge in one of its most beautiful of seasons. Long underwear and hand/toe warmer packets highly recommended for added comfort and ice cleats or snowshoes are welcome if conditions permit.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Assabet River NWR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For each walk, a $5/person voluntary donation is requested. No pre-registration required.

Meet at the information kiosk at Great Meadows NWR in Concord. Take Rte. 62 to Monsen Rd. Follow Monsen Rd. and turn left into refuge driveway when road turns sharply right. Follow refuge road to the parking lot at the end. GPS: 177 Monsen Rd., Concord, MA abutter to refuge driveway.

Questions? see sense-of-place-concord.blogspot, email or call 978-760-1933.

Please note: Refuge headquarters waives the entrance fee for these walks. However, we encourage everyone to consider purchasing a $12 annual pass to help support critical visitor service needs at Great Meadows - Concord.

Wednesday, March 15, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Intro to Bats for Kids at Wolbach Farm

Have you ever wondered what bats are up to during the springtime? Come join us for an afternoon of crafts and play to learn more about our winged relatives! In partnership with the Sudbury Valley Trustees we will be offering this event at the Wolbach Farm Barn (18 Wolbach Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776.)

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to kathryn_nathenson@fws.go. Please Note: This location is not on the refuge.

Friday, March 17, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Signs of Spring Hike

Spring is around the corner! Welcome in the upcoming first day of spring by looking for and learning about evidence of spring using all of our senses. How does wildlife transition? What predictions can we make about this upcoming spring? Learn the reasons for the seasons on this hour long trek around the varying habitats.

Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Friends Monthly Presentation: Dan Wolff presenting Ticks: How to Beat the Bugs

Tick bites have become far more common in the past two decades, with Lyme disease being the subject of many headlines across the country. According to the Center for Disease Control, over 300,000 Americans are affected by Lyme disease every year. Come learn about ticks, their behavior and life-cycles and how they relate to the environment.

Dan Wolff is the president and founder of TickEase, Inc., a products manufacturing company whose mission is to provide safe and effective tools for removing and repelling ticks, facilitating tick testing and educating the public for the prevention of tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease. TickEase is a proud preferred prevention partner of the University of Rhode Island’s TickEncounter Resource Center. Dan also founded Mass Deer Service, a suburban deer management program working closely with residents in the MetroWest area of Boston to control deer populations and help reduce the risk of exposure to tick-borne diseases.

Our monthly presentations are free and open to the public. The presentations are held at the Refuge Visitor Center at 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA (directions). Presentations are preceded by a short business meeting and light refreshments are served.

Friday, March 24, 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 theme will cover the Fisher. Check the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge facebook page for up to date information.

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.


Outdoors This Week

The Friends posts our events to Outdoors This Week, a weekly listing of outdoor activities located west of Boston sponsored by local environmental organizations. Click here to subscribe.