Some of our most productive census areas are incorporated in the Assabet River and Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuges. Access is open to the public on marked trails and roads during regular hours. However, refuge use before and after hours and all travel beyond roads and paths are authorized by Special Use Permits filed by your count compiler with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Owlers and backcountry explorers who plan to count in the refuge areas must sign up with their respective town coordinators or the primary compiler who will forward the enrollment list to our agency contact at Weir Hill headquarters in Sudbury. (The old permission letter system has been abolished.) We do not need personal or contact information, just your name and the name of the refuge you plan to census in.
Please carry identification such as a driver’s license during your visit and post a sign in your car window indicating you are a CBCer. Do not block roads and gates. The Special Use Permit does not include permission to access private property or other conservation lands that are closed to the public.
Our permits cover all listed participants and are valid the entire Count Week, including the predawn and evening hours of Count Day.
Fish & Wildlife has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Concord CBC and we are grateful for their encouragement and cooperation.