The Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge is an integral part of a nationwide network of 553 refuges maintaining approximately 100 million acres of land and water dedicated to the protection of the nation's wildlife resources. These over 1500 acres of river, wetland and forest are home to a wide variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and many other animals plus plants, including several threatened or endangered species. The refuge is an important stopover point for migratory birds. Continued on "About Oxbow Nat'l Refuge".
March 2015 - no programs scheduled due to all the snow.
The parking lot at the entrance in Harvard was recently plowed. Currently, wearing snowshoes seems to be the best way to use the trails.
Saturday, April 18: - 1:00 - 3:00 pm; Vernal Pools
Under the guidance of our expert, Rona Balco, we will explore several vernal pools and learn what makes them unique, why they are so important for many creatures and what their place is in the web of life. Location: Meet in the parking lot at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard, MA. For further information, contact Rona at 978-779-2259.
Saturday, April 18 and Saturday, April 25, at 6:45 pm. (Rain dates: Sunday 19 and 26). Woodcocks
Join Friends of the Oxbow N.W.R. for a spring sunset while listening to and watching (hopefully) the courtship flight of the American woodcock. Males spiral high in the air and dive back to the grassy field to attract females.
Location: Partway down Still River Depot Road in Harvard at the BIG NWR sign on the right. Some walking might be necessary if the woodcocks decide to court at another favorite site further down. For further information, contact Don Macfarlane at 978-897-7567.
For May programs, go to Events and Programs.