Guided walks, tracking, vernal pool programs, turtle program, bird walks, frog surveys, monarch butterfly tagging, fotofun-a-thon, art programs, nighthawk watch, Christmas bird count, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
For all programs and further information plus reservation, please contact Rona Balco per phone - 978-779-2259.
For information on birds, visit our "Tips and Links" and "Educational Programs".
If you are interested in volunteering, we need you! Contact Rona Balco at (978) 779-2259.
View the Calendar for a quick update of our current programs.
Take part in the Nature Photo Contest.
Looking at the beautiful photos in the Slide Show might inspire you to take out your camera and come to the Oxbow. To take part in the Photo Contest the photos should be taken at the Oxbow Refuge during this fall. Enter one of the following levels:  Amateur (18 years old and up with camera experience);  Professional;  Youth (13 to 17 years old);  Children (younger than 17). You may enter up to three nature photos, each one in a different category. Choose from the following Categories: (1) invertebrate animals; (2) vertebrate animals; (3) plants; (4) landscape or scenic; (5) abstract; (6) people enjoying nature and (7) black & white. Only minor adjustments to photos will be accepted. No alterations beyond standard optimization.
For more about the contest and to enter the photos, contact Dr. Richard Brown at DrRichardDBrown@aol.com. Also visit "Tips and Links".
For attending events and for information regarding directions and parking, contact Rona at 978-779-2259. We urge you to leave your telephone number with her or email Ada at email@example.com to enable us to reach you in case of cancellation of the program.
Three in One, in and around the Refuge’s new Pavilion on Hospital Road in Devens! These events provide a unique opportunity to experience what has happened and what is available in this previously unknown part of the Oxbow Refuge! On Saturday, October 24, the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge will take place, starting at 2:00pm. These three programs are free and open to the public.
Before the meeting, at 1:00 pm, there will be a guided bird walk to one of the backwaters nearby. Binocular are recommended. Gather in the parking lot at the pavilion.
After a short business meeting, there will be a brief presentation by Wilson Andres Acuna on his folded paper insects, some of which are on display in the pavilion. He will explain how and why he created these amazing replicas from the world of Arthropods.
Walk, Talk and Listen with our guide, Stephen DeFlorio. Stephen will explore many of the common plants and their uses with emphasis on wild edibles around the refuge's new pavilion. There will be a variety of resources to browse through, and some recipes will be available. Ethnobotany is the scientific study of the ways many cultures traditionally use/used plants for food, clothing, shelter, medicine, etc. Stephen is a naturalist/teacher who likes to show people that you could survive in the wild even during the fall. He will point out what to look for and will explain what you can do with the plants, or nuts and seeds. He will also tell which edibles to leave alone because of their rarity. There will be some cooking instructions, recipes, and, maybe, some samples to taste. Look under Educational Programs for Stephen's biography. The weather is supposed to be typical for October: sunny but cool.
According to Fish & Wildlife's Refuge Rules, to protect the natural habitat it will not be possible to do any actual gathering.
A tour of the area surrounding the pavilion will take place after the annual meeting, around 4:00pm. This walk will include the boardwalk to the coming canoe launch.
Information about the trails in the area will be available.
August and September 2015
Saturday, August 22 and 29 and Saturday, September 5 and 12 - 5:30 to dark: Nighthawk Watch and Survey - As in previous years, the prime location to watch for these migrating birds is from the Oxbow Refuge fields near the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard before the entrance to the refuge. There is a sign locating the gathering spot. Bring binoculars if possible and maybe a chair. There will be bird guide books to help with the identification. For reasons still unknown, the number of these interesting birds have been falling; hence the importance of these surveys. If you are able to watch on other days beside these Saturdays, then please email us the information you have gathered.
As you might have noticed, there seem to have been very few butterflies this year. Our yearly monarch butterfly tagging has been postponed to next year for that reason, unless suddenly the monarchs appear. (Wouldn’t that be nice.)
Work at the Hospital Road site in Devens has commenced again and FWS is hoping to open the new area to the public this fall. The canoe launch is almost finished. The Friends are looking for volunteers to help with the landscaping. Let us know if you’re interested.
Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 17 - 7:00 am. Bird Walks - Come look for breeding populations of migratory birds, but also learn about our resident birds at the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge. Naturalists Dick and Peggy Knowlton will again be our leaders. It is not uncommon for about 38 different species of birds to be observed during our spring walks! Bring your binoculars. Birders of all levels are welcome. We’ll walk at a casual pace. There might be some biting insects. Meet at the Oxbow Refuge parking lot at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard. Please, pre-register with Rona at 978-779-2259 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, May 17 - 1:00 to 3:00 - Naturalist Day
This will be the first in a series of programs for young and old. Leave your car in the Oxbow Refuge parking lot at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard and proceed to the gate. There you will be greeted by Don, a board member of the Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge. Don will explain the lay-out of the different stations as well as what you can expect at each one. The stations are on the trails near the main entrance and will be manned by volunteers/members of the board . Each site will be equipped with information tailored to the season as well as each particular location. There will be displays, and activities where appropriate. Bring a drink and some snacks, and dress suitable for the weather and the terrain. At this time of the year, there will be some biting insects. If the weather looks "iffy", contact Rona (978-779-2259) or Ada (978-618-7703) before you set out. There is no rain date.Look at the Calendar for a quick overview of coming events.