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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.

October Exhibit of the Month

Creatures of the Night: The Nocturnal Animals of Assabet River

Stop by the Visitor Center during regular hours and see our new monthly exhibit. This month’s exhibit will explore some of the animals on our refuges that are most active when the sun goes down.

October Movie of the Month

American Eagle

Do you know the story of the American Bald Eagle? Watch this film to learn about one of America’s most triumphant stories of wildlife conservation. Movie of the month plays on a loop in the Visitor Center during regular hours throughout the month. (Runtime: 55 minutes).

Saturday, October 7, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, October 14, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, October 21, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, October 28, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! Assabet Pulling Together (APT) will be removing invasive plants from Assabet River NWR each Saturday through the fall. Suggested attire is light-colored clothing, a hat, and work gloves. The Saturday work sessions are from 9:00 AM to noon. Sessions are open to drop-ins. Please meet at the Visitor Center.

Please contact Dave Lange delange005@earthlink.net for more information.

Wednesday, October 18, 5:00 PM

Discovery Trek Along Fisher Loop

Have you had a chance to trek around the south side of ARNWR (south of Hudson Road)? If not, here’s your chance! Register now for a 2.3 mile trek along the south trails to observe the signs of fall and listen to the sounds of nature as twilight approaches.

This walk will be led by Cynthia Pratt who has been a frequent visitor of ARNWR for years and has a background in the Natural Sciences. To register, please email her at cpratt1@worcester.edu or call (508) 215-8651.

This walk is open to all ages and we will be out of the woods before sunset. Directions: Meet at the kiosk at the entrance off of Hudson Road. Carpooling or early arrival is recommended as the parking lot closest to Hudson Road is limited in size.

Thursday, October 19, 6:15 PM

Owl Prowl

Have you ever heard an owl before? After learning all about owls inside, we’ll embark on a moderate trek. All ages welcome, be sure to dress for the weather and you’re welcome to bring a flashlight though we’ll try not to use it the whole way.

Saturday, October 21, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Autumn Nature Walk at Great Meadows NWR

Join naturalist Cherrie Corey for her continuing exploration of the Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge landscape. All ages welcome. Late autumn brings softening colors, gossamer festoons, bountiful seeds and berries, crisp air, and intensifying sunsets. Huge flocks of geese and ducks fly into the refuge just after sundown as they rest, feed, and ready themselves for long journeys south. We should see the thinnest waning crescent moon hanging in the western sky near sunset.

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.

Sunday, October 22, 1:00 PM

Refuge Explorers

Calling all explorers: come join us for a monthly adventure! See nature come alive as we discover our surroundings and learn about the refuge from the pages of books to the forests and wetlands.

Refuge Explorers is a hands-on program for 6-10 year olds focused on getting kids outside and engaged in nature. Dress for the weather (rain or shine) and an adventure!

Family friendly, siblings welcome. Contact Paula Goodwin at pjkgoodwin@comcast.net for more information.

Wednesday, October 25, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Friends Monthly Presentation: Hollie Sutherland presenting Citizen Science with Camera Traps

We all know that mammals—like bobcats and bears, mink and moose—are not always easy to see in the wild. Across the state of Massachusetts, we don’t really know where a lot of our wild furry friends are most of the time, especially the ones that sneak around in the shadows at night. Hollie is looking for people who may be able to help in finding these elusive creatures, starting with a survey. Hollie is interested to find out about your interest in nature and whether you own a camera trap (you do not have to own a camera trap to take part). The survey is focused on those based in Massachusetts and over 18 years of age. You will receive a free Massachusetts Bobcat desktop wallpaper image as a thank you for completing the survey. Follow the link to take part http://bit.ly/TrailCamSurvey_FARNWR.

A camera trap is a camera with a sensor. When an animal walks past the camera it triggers the sensor which then tells the camera to take a photo or a video. The cameras are usually battery operated and can monitor wildlife remotely, by being attached to something like a tree and left in an area for days or weeks at a time.

Camera traps (also called trail cameras or game cameras) were first widely used by hunters and started to become popular in the 1980s. In the 1990s scientists realized they would work as a great tool for monitoring wildlife and even estimating how many species of mammals are in an area. As the demand grew for the cameras, designs evolved and the equipment has become more user friendly, less bulky and much cheaper. Now, wildlife enthusiasts are able to use them just to check out what animals are visiting their yard at night.

Hollie hopes to create a new and exciting project that could get citizens like you to contribute their own camera trap photos and videos from across the state of Massachusetts. MassCams is a citizen science project that in the long run aims to engage members of the public in doing just that — including hunters, environmental enthusiasts, local high school and college-age students, and environmental organization members.

Do you want to find out more? Why not check us out on Twitter #mass_cams or Facebook http://bit.ly/MassCams_Facebook.

Hollie is currently pursuing a masters and PhD in Environmental Conservation. Her main research focus is looking at camera traps as a tool to increase public participation in biodiversity monitoring. Since graduating in 2008, in the UK, with a degree in Environmental Science BSc, Hollie has focused on professional development in the field of conservation and wildlife management - which has involved working closely with different organizations- both government and non-governmental, universities and volunteers, in the UK, South Africa and the US. Having a passion for learning about the natural world and helping to conserve native species, Hollie has many years of experience both in the field and in the coordination of large scale Citizen Science and wildlife management projects.

Saturday, October 28, 9:30 - 10:30 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 be on trees. Check the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge facebook page for up to date information.

Programs are usually held the 4th Saturday of every month from 9:30am – 10:30 AM. For 2 to 5 year olds; siblings welcome. Held at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, October 28, 4:00 PM

Discovery Trek Along Fisher Loop

Have you had a chance to trek around the south side of ARNWR (south of Hudson Road)? If not, here’s your chance! Register now for a 2.3 mile trek along the south trails to observe the signs of fall and listen to the sounds of nature as twilight approaches.

This walk will be led by Cynthia Pratt who has been a frequent visitor of ARNWR for years and has a background in the Natural Sciences. To register, please email her at cpratt1@worcester.edu or call (508) 215-8651.

This walk is open to all ages and we will be out of the woods before sunset. Directions: Meet at the kiosk at the entrance off of Hudson Road. Carpooling or early arrival is recommended as the parking lot closest to Hudson Road is limited in size.

 

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