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Assabet River
National Wildlife Refuge

c/o Eastern MA NWR Complex
73 Weir Hill Road
Sudbury, MA   01776
E-mail: fw5rw_emnwr@fws.gov
Phone Number: 978-443-4661
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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The primary purpose for which the refuge was created is its "...particular value in carrying out the national migratory bird management program". The refuge's interspersion of wetland, forested upland and old field habitats is ideally suited for this purpose. The refuge supports a diverse mix of migratory birds including waterfowl, wading birds, raptors, shorebirds, passerines, as well as resident mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. Assabet River NWR is included in the Sudbury-Assabet-Concord Inland River priority for protection Focus Area under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). The refuge area is also included within the Emergency Wetlands Resources Act of 1986 and is included in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Priority Wetlands of New England listing (1987). The refuge is identified as being High Biodiversity Focus Areas in the Sudbury-Assabet-Concord Watershed Biodiversity Protection and Stewardship Plan (Clark, 2000).

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