The refuge has many volunteer opportunities for people to get involved from helping the friends group and invasive species removal to 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 to 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 refuge is fortunate to have the support of a dedicated group of people called The Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge. The group was formed in 1998 to support the Service, and to encourage individuals to actively participate in helping protect refuge resources. The friends have been active in funding and supporting the Urban Education Program, assessing the biodiversity of refuge resources, conducting cleanups of the Nashua River and many other programs. Check out their website: http://www.friendsoftheoxbownwr.org/
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American woodcock live in wet thickets, moist woods, and brushy swamps. Ideal habitats feature young forest and abandoned farmland mixed with forest. In late summer, some woodcock roost on the ground at night in large openings among sparse, patchy vegetation.