Spring Bird Walk in Groton

Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 7:00- 10:30 a.m.
Meet at the NRWA's River Resource Center parking lot, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton at 7:00 a.m

Early May heralds the beginning of the 'high season' of spring migration, when many species of neo-tropical migrant species including warblers, vireos, orioles, flycatchers, swallows and others start to arrive in Massachusetts. The public is invited to join Mark Archambault of the NRWA on a free guided Spring Bird Walk beginning at 7:00 a.m. and running to approximately 10:30 a.m. Whether you're interest in birding is newly found, or you are an experienced birder, Mark's walk will be of interest as we look for a wide variety of species, discuss their habitat needs, and what makes our watershed so valuable to these migrating bird populations. This walk will be on easy, relatively level terrain, at a slow to moderate pace.

Participants will meet up at the NRWA's River Resource Center parking lot at 7:00 a.m., then we'll travel to a nearby birding location in Groton. Please bring binoculars and a field guide, if possible. Also be sure to dress
appropriately for the weather and field conditions, including tick protection; bring drinks and snacks for a few hours. Children over 10 are welcome accompanied by an adult. For the comfort of all, no dogs are allowed. In the event of heavy storms, this walk will be postponed to Sunday, May 3rd, same time and meeting location. This program is free and open to the public; pre-registration is appreciated for planning purposes, but is not required. To pre-register, or for more information, please contact Mark Archambault, NRWA Smart Growth Circuit Rider, at (978) 448-0299, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Protecting Turtles and Other Wildlife on Roadways: Linking Landscapes Project Presentation at NRWA

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 7:00- 9:00 p.m.
NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton

Hundreds of animals die on Massachusetts roadways each year. The "Linking Landscapes" project, a joint effort of MA Natural Heritage and Endangered Species (NHESP) and the MA Department of Transportation (MADOT), is an effort to address and intervene, where possible, in the deadly intersection between wildlife and roads. The Nashua River Watershed Association and Groton Turtle Conservation are co-sponsoring a free presentation about the project by David Paulson from NHESP. The public is invited to learn more about this project, and those interested in volunteering to help with monitoring turtle crossings can receive training the same evening. David will talk about the cooperative effort to identify areas on roadways with high levels of wildlife crossings and mortalities. Using over 350 citizen volunteers' data, the two agencies work to improve methods of road construction and conservation to protect wildlife. This presentation will have a special focus on turtles of Massachusetts, including identification and natural history. Turtles have existed for millions of years, but roadways are threatening the survival of local populations. Turtles often cross roadways late spring to early fall and are vulnerable to car collisions. Turtle enthusiasts and conservation organizations are encouraged to act as citizen scientists by joining state wildlife and transportation personnel in collecting data for the Turtle Roadway Mortality Monitoring Program. David will share the results from the first year of data collection. Following his talk, anyone who is interested in volunteering can remain for training with David. The information gathered through this volunteer effort will be used to coordinate local turtle conservation efforts. Learn more about Linking Landscapes and Groton Turtle Conservation. Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated for planning purposes. To pre-register, please contact Pam Gilfillan, NRWA Development Associate, at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



NRWA Free Stream Ecology Workshops

See dates, times and locations below

Due to inclement weather and high water in streams we are rescheduling the Wednesday April 22nd Stream Ecology programs in Ashby and Shirley to April 29th same locations and times. Please let us know if you will be attending on the 29th even if you signed up for the 22nd. Our programs being held on the 23rd in Pepperell and Dunstable, the 25th in Townsend and the 29th in Devens are still being held if you can attend one of these.

The NRWA invites the public, including families, scout groups and seniors, to stream ecology discovery events to learn what it takes to determine the health of a river or stream. Participants will learn about water quality and discover what makes a healthy stream through aquatic bug identification, streamside observations, and exploring the effects of stormwater runoff. Learn how this information will help your community protect its waterways.  Most of these 1 or 1.5 hour sessions are held outside rain or shine, so dress accordingly. This could be a fun family outing during school vacation week! These sessions are offered in different locations covering the same content, open to all communities, so you can choose which date and location is most convenient for you:

  • April 22 29, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Willard Brook in Willard Brook State Park, Ashby, MA-- view Google map
  • April 22 29, 2:00-3:30 p.m. on Catecunemaug Brook in the Fredonian Park and Nature Center, Fredonian Street, Shirley, MA-- view Google map
  • April 23, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Sucker Brook at the Keyes-Parker Conservation Area, Oak Hill Street, Pepperell, MA-- view Google map
  • April 23, 2:00-3:30 p.m. on Black Brook in Dunstable, MA-- view Google map
  • April 25, 10:00 a.m. on the Townsend Common during the Earth Day Celebration, Townsend, MA-- view Google map
  • April 29, 7:00-8:00 p.m. about the Nashua River meet at the Devens Common Center in Devens, MA (this is an indoor event)-- view Google map

Please notify Kathryn Nelson, NRWA Water Monitoring Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. which session you would like to attend. Be sure to check this website on the day of the event for any cancellations due to severe weather.

Greater Lowell Community Foundation logoFunding for these free stream ecology workshops is provided by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.


Love the Nashua River Rail Trail? Come Help Make a Difference on April 25th

Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Nashua River Rail Trail, Sand Hill Road crossing in Groton

The Nashua River Rail Trail is a local recreation treasure, a 12-mile trail for biking, walking, running, or horseback riding that extends from the center of Ayer through Groton, Pepperell, and Dunstable, before reaching Nashua, New Hampshire. Help keep the rail trail clean and beautiful for all to use. The Nashua River Watershed Association encourages you to join the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation's "Park Serve Day" project on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., on the Nashua River Rail Trail in Groton. Meet at the Sand Hill Parking lot on Nod Road/ Sand Hill Road in Groton and help pick up litter and debris to get the summer season off to the right start! Lend a hand during this day of statewide volunteer service at Massachusetts state parks.

The MA Division of Conservation and Recreation will be working together with volunteers to get forests, parks and beaches ready for summer at more than 35 project locations statewide on "Park Serve Day." For more information, or to discuss any special accommodations or needs you may have for the day, please call (978) 597-8802, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Register to volunteer at www.mass.gov/dcr. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

If you cannot volunteer on April 25th but would like to get involved in helping to keep the Nashua River Rail Trail in good condition for everyone to enjoy, please contact Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or (978) 448-0299.

NRWA Summer Eco-Adventures

It's not too soon to think about summer programs for your children. NRWA's Summer Eco-Adventures will be back with these great options:

Wilderness Summer Survival Week for Ages 11 to 14
June 23– June 26, 2015 (Tues. – Fri.), from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Challenge yourself in nature with four adventurous, action-packed days of hiking Groton trails through numerous conservation properties, paddling the Squannacook River, developing summer survival skills, and exploring the inner world of our local river, woodlands and fields while making new friends. Outdoor adventure at its best with River Classroom Director Stacey Chilcoat. Program fees are $200 for NRWA members or $230 for non-members.

Wild World of Water Week for Ages 6 to 8
July 13 – July 16, 2015 (Mon. – Thurs.), from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Escape the heat of summer with a fun-filled four days all about water!! Collect aquatic critters from the Nashua River, make a fresh water aquarium, do water experiments, make mini-boats to race on mini streams, and stay cool each day with lots of water games. Perfect for nature & water loving kids! Program fees are $180 for NRWA members or $210 for non-members.

All Things Animal: Incredible Insects, Secretive Salamanders & Outrageous Otters for Ages 9 to 11
July 20 – July 23, 2015 (Mon. – Thurs.), from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Calling all animal lovers and nature explorers! From reptiles to mammals, this four-day program focuses on the amazing lives of our local wildlife. Collect fascinating insects, practice summer tracking skills, hike local trails and play animal camouflage games. Build animals homes and feeders with natural and recycled materials. Program fees are $190 for NRWA members or $220 for non-members.

Pre-registration is required; space is limited. To pre-register or for more information, please contact Stacey Chilcoat, NRWA River Classroom Director, at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.