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Upcoming Events

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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.

April Exhibit of the Month

Signs of Spring

Stop by the Visitor Center during regular hours and see our new monthly exhibit. Melting snow and warming temperatures means that a variety of summer residents will be reappearing from their southern wintering grounds. See which animals you should keep an eye out for, including newly-born wildlife likely to be present this time of year.

April Movie of the Month

The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies

Stop by the Visitor Center during regular hours to see our new movie of the month. Journey into the Monarch butterfly’s fascinating world, visiting the spectacular locations the Monarch calls home and fly with it on one of the most inspiring migratory odysseys imaginable. Movie of the Month will not be shown on Saturday April 21st or Sunday April 22nd. (Runtime: 56 minutes).

April Feature at the Nature Store

The Art of Bird Photography

Peter Christoph's new book, The Art of Bird PhotographyThe Art of Bird PhotographyPeter Christoph's new book, The Art of Bird Photography, is offered at a special price this month at the Friends' Nature store in the Refuge Visitor Center. Learn photography tips from Christoph as demonstrated with his beautiful photographs.

Meet Peter at the Friends' Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 22nd at 2PM, when he will present on Snowy Owls.

Tuesday, April 17, 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 Tuesday and Saturday through the fall. Wear long pants and bring insect repellant, sunscreen and water. Gloves will be provided if you don't have them. Sessions are open to drop-ins. Please meet at the Visitor Center.

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

At your first work session a Volunteer Service Agreement will need to be filled out; if the volunteer is a minor the Volunteer Service Agreement will need to be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 PM

Spring Hike

Spring is in the air so join us for an evening hike. Bring your camera/binoculars and watch as the sun begins to set over the pond. Trails will be a mix of paved sidewalks and flat, dirt trails. All ages welcome and those who are not frequent hikers are encouraged to join.

Meet outside the Visitor Center. Registration is not required but if you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Pratt at (508) 215-8651 or cpratt@worcester.edu if you have questions.

Saturday, April 21, 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 Tuesday and Saturday through the fall. Wear long pants and bring insect repellant, sunscreen and water. Gloves will be provided if you don't have them. Sessions are open to drop-ins. Please meet at the Visitor Center.

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

At your first work session a Volunteer Service Agreement will need to be filled out; if the volunteer is a minor the Volunteer Service Agreement will need to be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Sunday, April 22, 2:00 PM

Friends Monthly Presentation: On Silent Wings - The Magic of the Snowy Owl by Peter Christoph

During the winter of 2013-2014, award-winning Massachusetts wildlife photographer Peter Christoph spent 14 full days along the Atlantic coast following the movements of a few snowy owls during their winter migration to the beaches of Salisbury, Hampton and Plum Island. They flew quite a distance from their home on the frozen tundra in the high Arctic and Peter was there to capture these rare and intimate photographs of the snowy owls taken in their winter habitat.

This is the Friends’ Annual Meeting and a short business meeting will precede the presentation.

Tuesday, April 24, 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 Tuesday and Saturday through the fall. Wear long pants and bring insect repellant, sunscreen and water. Gloves will be provided if you don't have them. Sessions are open to drop-ins. Please meet at the Visitor Center.

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

Thursday, April 26, 6:00 PM

Spring Hike

We'll walk on a mix of paved sidewalks and flat, dirt trails. This walk is not recommended for young children, as we’ll keep a steady pace to complete our walk before sunset.

Meet at the Hudson Road parking lot. Registration is not required but if you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Pratt at (508) 215-8651 or cpratt@worcester.edu if you have questions.

Saturday, April 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 Tuesday and Saturday through the fall. Wear long pants and bring insect repellant, sunscreen and water. Gloves will be provided if you don't have them. Sessions are open to drop-ins. Please meet at the Visitor Center.

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

Saturday, April 28, All Day

Youth Turkey Hunt

Youth that have successfully completed MassWildlife’s Youth Turkey Seminar are permitted to hunt on the Refuge this day.

Sunday, April 29, 10:15 AM

City Nature Challenge Walk

Meet at the Visitor Center for a 3-mile walk exploring the sights and sounds of the Refuge. This event is part of the Boston Area City Nature Challenge, so participants should download the iNaturalist app to record all wildlife sightings.

Tuesday, May 1, 9:00 AM - Noon
Tuesday, May 8, 9:00 AM - Noon
Tuesday, May 15, 9:00 AM - Noon
Tuesday, May 22, 9:00 AM - Noon
Tuesday, May 29, 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 Tuesday and Saturday through the fall. Wear long pants and bring insect repellant, sunscreen and water. Gloves will be provided if you don't have them. Sessions are open to drop-ins. Please meet at the Visitor Center.

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

Saturday, May 5, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, May 12, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, May 19, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, May 26, 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 Tuesday and Saturday through the fall. Wear long pants and bring insect repellant, sunscreen and water. Gloves will be provided if you don't have them. Sessions are open to drop-ins. Please meet at the Visitor Center.

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

Saturday, May 5, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Nature Walk: Plants in the Spring with Neela de Zoysa

Spring is a special time in New England to observe trees and shrubs in flowers and new leaves and the chance of seeing delicate and ephemeral wild flowers. Enjoy a walk at the Refuge with Neela de Zoysa, a botanist and popular instructor at New England Wild Flower Society and long time Friends' member and learn more about the plants around you.

Meet at the Kiosk at the end of Winterberry Way. Drive past the visitor center and park in the circular parking lot. Kiosk is at edge of parking lot.

Saturday, May 5, 2:00 PM

Intepretive Walk: Talking Trees with Gary Thorburn

The Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge has had a complex land use history. The vegetation can tell us some of the story. Join us on an interpretive walk seeking clues along the forest and wetland trails about how the landscape has been disturbed, and how it is now changing. We'll do some tree and shrub identification, and think about what grows where, and why.

Leader: Gary Thorburn. Gary lives not far from the refuge's North Entrance, has a background in plant ecology, and enjoys exploring the refuge on bike and on foot.

Duration: 60-90 minutes. Meet at the Visitor Center. Rain Date May 19 at 10:00 AM.

Tuesday, May 8, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Evening Walk with Cynthia Pratt

Join us for an evening walk at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. Come and stretch your legs after a day in the office and watch as the sun begins to set over the pond. We will meet at the smaller parking lot at the main gate near 680 Hudson Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776 (GPS Users: Please use the physical address, not the name of the refuge, for accurate driving directions). Trails will be a mix of paved sidewalks and flat, dirt trails.

Registration and hiking experience is not required. All ages welcome and those who are not frequent hikers are encouraged to join. Rain cancels. 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.

Thursday, May 17, 5:45 PM - 7:45 PM

Evening Walk with Cynthia Pratt

Join us for a fast-paced evening walk at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. We will meet at the smaller parking lot at the main gate near 680 Hudson Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776 (GPS Users: Please use the physical address, not the name of the refuge, for accurate driving directions). All ages welcome but this is not recommended for young children as we will keep a steady pace to complete our walk before sunset.

Registration and hiking experience is not required. Rain cancels. 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.

Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 PM

Friends Monthly Presentation: Economics, Ecology, and the Plight of our Native Bees by Dr. Robert J. Gegear

Image of Bombus Fervidus by Dr. Robert J. Gegear Pollinators are declining at an unprecedented rate worldwide due to human-induced rapid environmental change. These declines pose a significant threat to our food supply and consequently, there has been major focus on the development and implementation of conservation strategies aimed to increase pollinator abundance in agricultural areas. However, the ecological needs of 98% of wild pollinator species are not considered in such strategies because they do not play a major role in crop pollination. Without these ‘keystone’ wild pollinator species, we would lose most of our native flowering plants and the animals that use them for food, shelter and nesting sites, eventually causing ecosystems to collapse. Please join Dr. Robert J. Gegear for a discussion on what you can do to help preserve our native pollinator diversity and assess the ecological ‘friendliness’ of pollinator habitat at any spatial scale.

Dr. Robert J. Gegear has been studying the neuroecology and conservation of pollinator-plant systems native to North America for almost 30 years. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and Biotechnology at WPI and Director of the New England Beecology Research Program, which aims to use citizen scientists in order to collect large amounts of ecological data on bumblebees and the plants that they pollinate across the state. His efforts are already greatly accelerating the development of effective conservation and restoration strategies for threatened bumblebee species in Eastern North America.

By Appointment

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. Programs are by appointment, please contact Ranger Jared (jared_green@fws.gov or 978-579-4028) to book your group’s Refuge Explorers program or for more information.

 

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