Protecting Dunstable's Waterways

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Dunstable Free Public Library, 588 Main Street in Dunstable, MA

The Nashua River defines the western border of Dunstable as it winds its way northward into New Hampshire. The river provides wildlife habitat, on-water recreation opportunities such as paddling and fishing, a backdrop to a portion of the Nashua River Rail Trail, and natural beauty to the community. What is being done to protect the Nashua River and its tributaries like Unkety Brook? Martha Morgan, NRWA Water Programs Director, and Kathryn Nelson, NRWA Water Monitoring Coordinator, will discuss the history of the cleanup of the Nashua River since the 1960’s, and the water quality issues facing Dunstable‘s waterways today. Learn about the Nashua River Wild & Scenic River Study (which includes segments of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers), NRWA’s monitoring program, habitat connectivity, invasive aquatic plants such as water chestnut and milfoil, and efforts to curtail the spread of invasive plants. And there will be details about how you can get involved as a volunteer. Appropriate for adults and young adults. This presentation is free and open to the public, supported by a grant from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. For more information, please contact Martha Morgan at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hike and Hawk Watch


Saturday, September 16, 2017, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Mt. Watatic in Ashburnham, MA   (raindate, Sunday, Sept. 17)

Every September, thousands of hawks from New England and Canada ride the thermals of the Wapack Range as part of their southward migration. On a good day in mid-September, a keen-eyed observer may see up to 3,000 hawks from the various peaks of the range, such as South Pack Monadnock in New Hampshire and Mount Wachusett in Massachusetts. On Saturday, September 16th, the NRWA will lead a free “Hike and Hawk Watch” up Mt. Watatic in Ashburnham, MA (off of Route 119). In the event of a steady rain on Saturday, the event will be held on Sunday, September 17. Both of these dates are close to the historical peak of the Broad-winged Hawk migration.

After convening at the trail-head off Route 119 at 8:00 a.m., we’ll hike up Mt. Watatic, a 30 to 40 minute hike, moderately difficult with a few steep sections. We’ll spend a few hours at the summit, watching for hawks and observing whatever else nature presents. We’ll head back to the parking area around 1:00 p.m. If the birding is exceptionally good, people can choose to stay longer.

Bring along binoculars (a must), spotting scopes, bird book, food and water, hat, hiking seat and a windbreaker. The hike is free and open to the public; limited to the first 20 people who register. Children should be old enough to hike on their own (12 years and up) and be patient enough to spend several hours at the summit staring into the sky. For the comfort of all, no dogs please.

To register or for more information, please contact Mark Archambault, NRWA Smart Growth Circuit Rider, at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Because the trip is limited to 20 people, anyone registering after that number is reached will be placed on a waiting list. Directions to the meet-up location will be given registrants before the event.