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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.

May Exhibit of the Month

History of the Refuge

Stop by the Visitor Center during regular hours and see our new monthly exhibit. A variety of historical artifacts gathered from the Refuge will be on display, from tools used by Native Americans to relics from the Refuge's military past.

May Movie of the Month

American Eagle

Stop by the Visitor Center during regular hours to see our new movie of the month. Once on the brink of extinction, the bald eagle is one of America’s triumphant comeback stories. This program takes a look at this remarkable bird’s tough struggle to survive in the wild. Movie of the Month will not be shown on Saturday May 5th or Saturday May 12th. (Runtime: 55 minutes).

Tuesday, May 8, 9:00 AM - Noon
Tuesday, May 15, 9:00 AM - Noon
Tuesday, May 22, 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 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 - Noon

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

Interpretive 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.

Saturday, May 12, 7:00 AM

Birding Walk with John Milhaven

Come on a tour of the refuge lead by local bird John Milhaven. We will learn about the history of the refuge and the wildlife that calls it home. We are likely to see such birds as geese, ducks, Great Blue Herons, year round residents such as chickadees, titmice and red tailed hawk, as well as seasonal migrants like warblers. We could also see wild turkeys, osprey, chimney swifts, orioles, egrets and more.

Dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray and the best pair of binoculars you can! Walk will be leisurely over very flat ground.

John Milhaven is a Maynard resident and high school science teacher who has been visiting the refuge since it was first turned over to the Fish and Wildlife Service. John has birded in Australia and South America and has lead many bird walks on the refuge and given talks there for the Friends.

Meet in the parking lot in front of the Visitor Center on Winterberry Way. Enter at 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury. Rain Date: May 13 at 7:100 AM.

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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