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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.

September Exhibit of the Month

Fantastic Fall: The Changing Leaves and Migrating Wildlife of the Assabet River NWR

Stop by the Visitor Center during regular hours and see our new monthly exhibit. Leaves changing color, wildlife stocking up on food for the winter, and migrating waterfowl headed for warmer climates. The fall season on the Refuge is a beautiful time, as the landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation. This change alters the behavior of animals found on the Refuge, as well as which species can be observed. This month’s exhibit will explore migration and hibernation.

September Movie of the Month

An Original Duckumetary

Stop by the Visitor Center during regular hours to see our new movie of the month. Ducks are true originals. They waddle, glide, dive, and dabble, and their feathers shimmer with dazzling hues, brilliant iridescence, and come in every color of the rainbow. There are more than 120 different species of ducks in all, a fantastical group of complex characters with names to match - Buffleheads, Canvasbacks, Pintails, Shovelers, Widgeons, and Woodies. They must make it through a gauntlet of hungry predators, but in the end, ducks have a talent for survival, and life stories filled with personality and charm. Movie of the Month will not be shown on Saturday September 29th. (Runtime: 55 minutes).

Saturday, September 1, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, September 22, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, September 29, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Come join Assabet Pulling Together, a volunteer-led team focused on the removal of invasive flora from Refuge grounds. Work parties are held rain or shine, suggested attire is light-colored clothing, a hat, and work gloves. Sessions are open to drop-ins.

Please meet at the Visitor Center. Contact Dave Lange for more information.

Wednesday, September 5, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Children's Fishing Clinic

Have you ever wanted your kids to learn how to fish? Now’s your chance, let the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife’s Angler Education Program be their guide! We’ll have equipment, tackle, and bait on hand for use at no cost. Your children will learn the basics, from casting out, to baiting up, followed by some real fishing.

This “learn to fish” program designed for beginners (children between the ages of 5-17), will start indoors at the Visitor Center and then head out to the fishing pier on Puffer Pond for some hands-on experience. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited, so please contact Jim Lagacy at or (508) 389-6309.

Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 PM

Friends Monthly Presentation: Habitat Restoration of the Desert Natural Area: Strategies and Results - Presentation by Laura Mattei and Priscilla Ryder

Pink Lady Slipper Orchids emerging in the Memorial Forest burn area.  Image by Karin Paquin, courtesy of SVT

Laura Mattei and Priscilla Ryder present on the long term habitat restoration work at Memorial Forest and the Desert Natural Area, a unique habitat that is home to several rare and endangered species. The pitch pine-scrub oak barrens habitat has been dwindling in the northeast, which threatens the plants and wildlife that depend on it. SVT has led the effort which has included a prescribed burn and selective cutting of the forest to rejuvenate the native plant species and restore balance to the conditions found here.

The Desert Natural Area includes 900 acres south of Hudson Road, 300 of which belongs to the ARNWR. The other lands are owned by DCR, City of Marlborough, SVT, General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts and Town of Sudbury. In May 2014, Sudbury Valley Trustees conducted a prescribed burn on 14 acres, which straddles City of Marlborough and SVT land. SVT implemented phase two on 50 additional acres two years ago (tree clearing). The City of Marlborough is currently focused on removing invasive plant species.

Laura Mattei has worked in conservation for over 30 years. She has been the Director of Land Stewardship for Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) for the last 17 years. Laura oversees the management of over 5,000 acres of protected lands including 90 SVT reservations and 79 conservation restrictions. She specializes in biological assessments and habitat management projects for the protection of declining habitats and species. Prior to her work with SVT, she coordinated stream monitoring with the Merrimack River Watershed Council, worked on environmental education and planning in Chile, S.A., and prepared conservation plans for the Michigan Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Laura has a BS in natural resources management from Cornell University and an MS in natural resources planning from the University of Vermont.

Priscilla Ryder is the Conservation Officer for the City of Marlborough. Priscilla has worked for the city of Marlborough for 25 years and manages over 400+ acres of conservation land for the City along with her duties at wetlands protection. She has a Masters’ degree from Tufts University in Environmental Policy and a BA from University of New Hampshire in Environmental Conservation.

Laura will also be leading a walk in the Desert Natural Area on September 15th. Please see below for details.

This presentation is co-sponsored by Sudbury Valley Trustees.

Saturday, September 15, 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Special Walk: Habitat Restoration of the Desert Natural Area: Strategies and Results

Memorial Forest, Sudbury.

Walk the trails and see the results of the various phases of the intense habitat restoration process that has been underway for the past few years. Visit the sandy desert and pitch pine-scrub oak barrens, while learning about the wildlife that depend on this habitat.

No dogs, please. Preregistration is required and attendance is limited. Please sign up on the SVT site:.

Co-sponsored by Sudbury Valley Trustees.


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