Guided walks, tracking, vernal pool programs, turtle program, bird walks, frog surveys, monarch butterfly tagging, fotofun-a-thon, art programs, nighthawk watch, Christmas bird count, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
For all programs and further information plus reservation, please contact Rona Balco per phone - 978-779-2259.
For information on birds, visit our "Tips and Links" and "Educational Programs".
If you are interested in volunteering, we need you! Contact Rona Balco at (978) 779-2259.
View the Calendar for a quick update of our current programs. (Not always working.)For attending events and for information regarding directions and parking, contact Rona at 978-779-2259. We urge you to leave your telephone number with her or email Ada at email@example.com to enable us to reach you in case of cancellation of the program.
September and October 2017
Monarch Butterfly Walk - Saturday, September 16 from 3:00 to 5:00 Raindate: Sunday, Sep. 17. Gather at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard. This year, there seem to be more monarch butterflies in our area than in the last several years, including at the Oxbow Refugee’s fields bordering the end of the road. The program will start with a brief presentation by naturalist Rona Balco on the monarch’s life cycle, to be followed by a walk through the field. Where do you look for the butterflies themselves, for their caterpillars, chrysalis, and possibly eggs? Where will the monarchs go next? What other insects, birds and plants are there to see? Wear sturdy shoes/hiking boots and long pants! (Thee are some thistles). Bring a butterfly net, field guide and magnifying glass if possible. This program is fun for the entire family. RSVP is appreciated but not required. Contact Rona at (978) 779-2259, or Ada at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Secret Life of the Black Bear - Sunday, October 1 from 1:00 to 3:00 Bill Ashe Facility, 80 Hospital Road in Devens, MA. After a brief Annual Meeting, the Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge will have the honor of presenting William Fournier. Bill Fournier is a renowned nature photographer and speaker who has spent much of his time wandering the hills, valleys and swamps of New England. In his own words: “During the years, I have been extremely privileged to share an intimacy with wildlife in their fascinating secret world. ”In recent years, black bears have been returning to some of their former range, including the woods and fields around our towns. Consequently, there have been regular sightings of black bears in our neighborhoods. Even though bears generally avoid people, what do you do when confronted by one? How can you de-escalate the situation? How can you differentiate between a defensive attack and a predatory attack? Bill says: “If your knowledge about black bears is limited to your childhood memories of the classic “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, then you definitely need to come to this program!” The event is free and open to the public. After the program, walks and tours of the area to the canoe dock, pollinator gardens, the Bill Ashe trail, and a waterfowl spotting place will take place, weather permitting. Light refreshments will be served. Contributions to those are welcome!