The refuge has many volunteer opportunities for people to get involved from frog surveys and invasive species removal to greeting visitors at our new visitor center and assisting on the development and implementation of programs. The refuge staff hosts an annual volunteer orientation every spring where newcomers and long-term volunteers can learn about the details of the upcoming season volunteer opportunities. Please contact Susan_J_Russo@fws.gov if you want learn more!
The refuge typically has a variety of internship opportunities each summer ranging from biology and invasive species work to interpretation and education. Announcements are posted in November each year and the application period usually closes by the following February. Internships are a great way to experience what it is like to work on public lands and make a contribution to natural resource conservation.
The Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge formed in 2000, nearly a full year prior to the transfer of the U.S. Army's former Fort Devens Sudbury Training Annex to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Since that time, the Friends Group has provided the refuge invaluable assistance in preparing to open the refuge for wildlife-dependent recreational activities by removing physical safety hazards; working with local communities to meet wildlife and biological management objectives; and conducting numerous public outreach and education programs.
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The Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) is a medium-sized, semi-aquatic freshwater turtle that is a threatened species in Massachusetts. The New England population is disjunct from the main portion of their range. They require a variety of wetland habitats, make frequent seasonal overland movements, and therefore suffer mortality not only from direct wetland habitat loss, but from landscape fragmentation as well.