Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge in Concord on SUNDAY

 

Hello again hikers:

I haven't been here for a while...lovely Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge described as follows:

Just twenty miles west of Boston lies an oasis for wildlife—the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Roughly 85 percent of the refuge’s more than 3,800 acres is composed 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.

We'll meet in the Concord parking area:

Travel to this area by following Route 62 east from Concord Center toward Bedford. After about one mile, turn left onto Monsen Road. Continue on Monsen Road until you see refuge entrance on the left.

 

$1 per person towards my Meetup fees. NO DOGS allowed, sorry.

Maybe the ice cream shop will be open by this weekend...to reward ourselves after the walk. I don't know the trails so we'll be exploring, I anticipate about a 90 minute to 2 hour walk...Dike trail (see map below)..Bring water, sunscreen, hat and snacks as it's around lunchtime...and binoculars/bird and plant guides if you like as this is a great birdwatching place with great biodiversity.

 

http://www.fws.gov/northeast/greatmeadows/pdf/brochure.pdf

http://www.fws.gov/northeast/greatmeadows/pdf/Concord_Trail.pdf

 

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  • Ange

    Pretty amazing walk!! Thanks for coming, everyone! I'm going to try to post some pictures..

    May 20, 2013

  • Renee

    Lovely day - Great spot - nice people -lots of cool sightings. Thanks Ange for putting it together

    May 19, 2013

  • Jackie T.

    This was a delightful hike, Ange, thank you for organizing it! I loved seeing the circular rainbow, the snake, beaver, goats, swans, birds. Pleasant group of folks and some interesting conversations.

    May 19, 2013

  • Alison

    I'm sorry couldn't make it I followed the directions and went to Monsen Road off of 62 - where I saw a sign for the Refuge - but unfortunately nothing else...just residences. I was running a little late anyway and so gave up.

    May 19, 2013

  • Paula

    Was hoping to be able to join this walk on such a nice day, but cannot.

    May 19, 2013

  • Renee

    Im interested I need to be somewhere at 2 - but I think it will work out time wise

    May 17, 2013

  • janet

    i'm going! looking forward to it......janet

    May 17, 2013

  • Jackie T.

    This sounds delightful, Ange, thank you for organizing this for all of us to enjoy. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

    May 17, 2013

  • Ange

    Post if you want to carpool - if you are offering and where you are coming from. I can offer a ride from M'head or Salem..

    May 17, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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