Explore Assabet River NWR Oct. 13 as part of National Wildlife Refuge Week


Sudbury – America's National Wildlife Refuge System is the world's largest network of protected areas dedicated to wildlife conservation. The Refuge System includes 561 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts located in every state and territory and even in our coastal waters.

In eastern Massachusetts, there eight national wildlife refuges, which provide many outdoor opportunities including hiking, nature observation, biking, kayaking, hunting and fishing. The visitor center for these eight refuges is located on the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, and features child-friendly, interactive nature exhibits and a nature store, featuring nature-themed books, toys and gifts. Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge is 2333 acres and located in the towns of Stow, Maynard, Sudbury, and Hudson. The Refuge has 15 miles of hiking trails and 7.5 miles of biking trails.

Come explore the Assabet River NWR Sunday, Oct. 13, when the Friends of the Assabet River NWR will host the following events.? All events begin at the visitor center at 680 Hudson Rd. in Sudbury.

Fall Refuge Bird Walk with John Milhaven from 7 – 9 a.m.

Fall is a time of transition when migrating birds are leaving our area and residents are settling in for the winter.? Come see what birds are on the refuge at this colorful time of year. Meet outside the Visitor Center. Bring binoculars and dress appropriately for the weather. Free for Friends members, $5 for non-members. Contact [email protected] to reserve a space.

Bunker Tour with Jan Wright at 11 a.m.

Join in for an hour-long informative talk and tour of one of the ammunition bunkers at the Refuge.? There are 30 spots available. Contact [email protected] to register.

Marion Stoddart – Work of 1000 Documentary Film and Discussion from 1 – 3 p.m.

Join citizen activist Marion Stoddart for a screening of Work of 1000. The film tells the exhilarating story of Marion's work to clean-up the Nashua River, once one of the 10 most polluted rivers in America. Marion will lead a discussion after the film. Please register for this event by emailing [email protected].

Photography Workshop with Photographer David Griffin at 4;30 p.m.

Learn the basics of landscape photography with local photographer David Griffin. Explore the evening autumn light around Puffer Pond while receiving tips and techniques for creating great photographs.? Bring your camera (and tripod if you have one). David's credits include photography for Work of 1000. Space is limited.? Register by emailing [email protected].

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