Resources for the Refuge System
The following links provide information about the National Wildlife Refuge system:
- Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge of the US Fish and Wildlife Service: the Refuge's web site.
- Eastern Massachusetts Region of the US Fish and Wildlife Service: information about all the Refuges in eastern Massachusetts.
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: The web site for the federal agency that owns and administers all refuges in the US.
- National Wildlife Refuge Association: provides support for Friends groups like ours around the country and provides advocacy for the National Wildlife Refuge System. See their monthly newsletter, The Flyer, and sign up for their action alert system.
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: established by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation sustains, restores and enhances the Nation's fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats.
Information about State and neighboring town Conservation:
- Mass Wildlife: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Also see their Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.
- Sudbury Conservation Commission: manages the Town of Sudbury's conservation properties and protects the natural resources and features in the town.
- Hudson Conservation Commission: protects the natural resources and features in the town of Hudson.
- Maynard Conservation Commission: protects and manages the town Of Maynard's natural resources and features.
Information about conservation organizations for the Assabet River and nearby watersheds
- Sudbury Valley Trustees: protecting the wildlife habitat and the ecological integrity of the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers Valley for the benefit of present and future generations.
- OARS: protects, preserves, and enhances the natural and recreational features of the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord rivers, their tributaries and watersheds.
- Sudbury Assabet & Concord Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council: the River Stewardship Council (RSC) was established to coordinate conservation of the 29 mile Wild and Scenic River segment of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers.
- SuAsCo Homepage (Mass Dept. of Environmental Affairs): a community based alliance that promotes the sustainable economic and environmental well-being of the Sudbury-Assabet-Concord River Watershed.
- Merrimack River Watershed Council: protecting and promoting the wise use of the Merrimack River Watershed.
- Hop Brook Protection Association: an organization working on the cleanup and protection of the Hop Brook watershed adjoining the refuge.
- New England Wildflower Society: headquartered in nearby Framingham, the Society, conserves native plants, protecting healthy, beautiful and diverse ecosystems.
Birding, Hiking, Biking and Photographing the Refuge and nearby environs:
- Assabet Keeping Track: photographs from the tracking project operating on the ARNWR in conjunction with the Friends.
- Wildlife Trails Education Project: photographs taken with automatically triggered weatherproof cameras positioned along wildlife trails at several locations in the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
- Assabet River Rail Trail: a northern neighbor of the refuge working on creating a multi-use recreational rail trail that will pass through the communities of Marlborough, Hudson, Stow, Maynard and Acton.
- Hank Norwood's Note On Points Of Interest Along The Assabet River.
- Bird Observer is a bimonthly journal dedicated to enhance understanding, observation and enjoyment of Massachusetts birds. See here for an article by Ron Lockwood in the Bird Observer about birding on the Assabet River NWR.