Great Meadows walk

  • April 28, 2013 · 1:00 PM
  • Great Meadows Concord

Please carpool as parking is limited.

Great Meadows is located just 20 miles west of Boston. The refuge was established in 1947 to provide nesting, resting, and feeding habitat for migratory birds. Roughly 85 percent of the refuge's 3,600 acres is comprised of valuable freshwater wetlands stretching along 12 miles of the Concord and Sudbury Rivers. Well known for its birdwatching opportunities, the public can also enjoy a variety of other wildlife-dependent recreational activities while visiting the refuge.

The Concord Unit is over 250 acres of land abutting the Concord River. It consists of two large pools of water surrounded be woodlands.  This combination makes it an attractive stopping place for many different types of migratory birds and summer residents.  These pools are usually called impoundments because the water level is adjusted throughout the year by refuge managers to create conditions favorable for diverse wildlife.

The draining of each pool is variably timed to benefit different groups of migrating birds. One pool is drained earlier in the season to encourage the growth of native forage plants that benefit fall-migrating waterfowl. The other pool is drained later in the summer to expose the invertebrate-rich mud flats that provide food for wading birds such as herons and egrets. Both pools are flooded in the fall and remain inundated until the following spring and summer.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sure it would have been a 5 star walk, but I just couldn't get past the wasp nest under the bridge.

    April 29, 2013

  • Nancy

    Beautiful day. Saw my first muskrat!

    April 29, 2013

  • Diana

    Greg really called this one! Fabulous weather....always wonderful new friends to meet....I agree with Sue, who could ask for more?

    April 28, 2013

  • Sue

    very nice afternoon. perfect weather. friendly people. great location. who could ask for more.

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hate to miss this, but I have a sick dog.

    April 28, 2013

  • Sue P.

    Hi, I'm new to the Boston Walking Meetup Group. In case I can't make it tomorrow - I'll know by mid-morning - what is our protocol for letting others know? Thank you, Sue

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so glad to get on the list, but I am sorry you were unable to go.

    April 27, 2013

  • Pamela

    I just took myself off, son hop on!

    April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am on the waiting list...too bad I missed the sign up, I was away for a few days...I have been waiting for this walk at Great Meadows...I hope I will be able to get on the attending list!

    April 26, 2013

  • Clayton W.

    Hoping to finally make one of your meetups.

    April 25, 2013

  • Sue P.

    Can someone correct the time?! Thanks!Sue

    April 24, 2013

    • Sue P.

      Let's see, will the moon still be full?!

      April 25, 2013

  • Marilu

    What... no one likes moonlight walks???

    April 25, 2013

  • Gail

    1 AM, really? ;-)

    1 · April 24, 2013

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