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".
This year’s Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for Sunday, December 18. One group of participants will meet at the Watts Field on Still River Depot Road in Harvard at 8.00 am, while the second group will meet at the Bill Ashe Visitor Facility, 80 Hospital Road in Devens, also at 8:00 am. If you are an experienced birder, join the Friends of the Oxbow NWR for a day of birding as part of the 116th National Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The CBC is citizen science at its best and takes place throughout North, Central and South America. Every year groups of observers search a given area trying to find as many species and number of birds as possible. Dress for cold, adverse weather and bring binoculars and some lunch plus a drink. For more information and to RSVP contact Rona at 978-779-2259 if you want to come to the Devens site or Don MacFarlane at 978-897-7567 to participate in Harvard. The event will be cancelled in case of bad weather.
Our popular New Year's Day Walk will start at noon time. If there is enough snow, we’ll snowshoe or ski, unless you prefer to walk. The pace is leisurely, with plenty of time to also look at tracks. Meet at the parking lot of the main entrance to the refuge at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard. Dress weather appropriate. This event is co-sponsored by the Lancaster Community Center. It will be cancelled in case of bad weather. For more information, contact Rona at 978-779-2259."Events and Programs" and "Educational Programs" might provide more information!