A woman with a braid in her hair looking through binoculars at a scrubby landscape

The three refuges, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, and Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, are composed of approximately 7,000 acres of diverse habitat, including open water, marshes, and uplands. The wetland portions receive heavy use by waterfowl during the fall migration. All of the over 220 species of birds listed on in the collective bird list, here, and have been recorded in the past ten years. The preservation of many different habitats for nesting, wintering, and migratory stopover sites, like our refuges, are becoming vital for the survival of many neotropical migratory birds.