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
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
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
Funding 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.
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.