Great Meadows from the observation tower

Great Meadows from the observation tower


This morning I decided to go out to the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, Mass. I used to go there regularly, especially during the years I worked for Massachusetts Audubon. It’s a great place for birding, though today it was late morning by the time I got there, and so there wasn’t much in the way of bird activity.

However, the profusion and variety of wildflowers were attraction enough. All along the walkways were wild roses, a shrubby variety of cinquefoil, and several other varieties whose names I’d forgotten. I regretted not bring a field guide along.

It’s a popular place. The trails are well-traveled and well-marked. There are plenty of benches offering a place to sit and enjoy the scenery. There is an observation tower with a free high-powered scope at the main parking lot.

Definitely a place I’ll return to, armed with field guides.