Rescheduled: Birdwatching at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord, MA

Because of the rain scheduled for Sunday, I am rescheduling this meetup for tomorrow morning. I know it is a late change in plans, but we have a decent chance of good weather in the morning before the rain comes in! Hope you can join us! If you set up a carpool to the Sunday event, please reconfirm it.

Let's return to Great Meadows. It's been a while since we have visited, and March is a great time to observe returning spring migrant birds, especially ducks and geese. We'll walk the level trails around the ponds for about 2 and a half hours, searching for birds returning to New England from the south.

From the Rufuge's website:

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/great_meadows/

Roughly 85 percent of the refuge's more than 3,800 acres is comprised of valuable freshwater wetlands stretching along 12 miles of the Concord and Sudbury Rivers. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protects and manages Great Meadows as nesting, resting, and feeding habitat for wildlife, with special emphasis on migratory birds. The diversity of plant and animal life visible from refuge trails provides visitors with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and nature study.

There are currently no entrance fees, although that may change later in the year.

Dogs are not allowed on the refuge.

The bathrooms should be open. A nice brochure of the refuge is available at: http://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Region_5/NWRS/North_Zone/Eastern_Massachusetts_Complex/Great_Meadows/refugebrochure.pdf


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  • jane

    Another great morning with the group. Thanks!

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Carol S

    We had a great morning for birding and had great looks at the returning ducks! Thanks for joining us.

    March 30, 2014

  • Mary L.

    Surprising and wonderful weather for our outing! We were searching for waterfowl and were not disappointed: Canada Goode, Wood Duck, Black Duck, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and Common & Hooded Mergansers. Also many other birds of spring: Great Blue Heron, Killdeer, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Turkey Vulture -- and Tree Swallows! Singing Song Sparrows everywhere. Thanks for joining us!

    1 · March 30, 2014

    • Mary L.

      The good Canada Geese!

      1 · March 30, 2014

  • Barb

    Wonderful as usual. Saw so many water birds and met some wonderful women. This is a terrific group. Can't wait for the next meetup.

    3 · March 29, 2014

  • Anne

    Yikes!!! I would love to go but I'm still in my pj's with coffee in hand!!!

    March 29, 2014

    • anne

      I think it's come as you are anyway so shake a tail feather and join us!

      1 · March 29, 2014

    • Anne

      :) :) :)

      March 29, 2014

  • Mary L.

    If you can make it, remember to wear waterproof footwear, and bring micro-spikes if you have them. A rain jacket might not be a bad idea, either!

    March 28, 2014

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