Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge located in Concord, Massachusetts was founded in 1944 and is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. For bird watches and wildlife photographers alike it has been a real “hot spot” for many years. I for one have been visiting it for over 25 years now and have seen and photographed many species of birds and other wildlife. Of all the birds I’ve photographed none compares to a small brown bird with mountains of personality. I am talking about the Marsh Wren, one of the more lovable birds that can be found during the spring and early summer scaling cat tails and chattering to the world “This in my territory!” In fact Great Meadows may be the best location in all of New England to see and photograph these wrens as well as Red-winged Blackbirds who also find cat tails an irresistible perch to sing from.

Each year as spring arrives I plan my many trips to Great Meadows in search of the perfect photo and video of both Marsh Wrens and Red-winged Blackbirds. The chorus of bird sounds as you arrive in the parking lot is filled with Red-wings and Marsh Wrens as it echoes across the mash. A sound so inviting you cannot wait to encounter these birds and capture that first photo or video. The trick is to find just one male that is so focused on sitting atop a cat tail that he will allow you to record his every movement and sound. So I return each year just as the birds do and spend time with my fellow bird watchers and photographers and enjoy another season in search of photos like the ones you see here today.

Marsh Wren


This is a special place with some very beautiful birds and many other interesting species of wildlife. If you have not visited before I recommend you do so and when you see your first Marsh Wren teed up and singing say hello for me.

Remember please help to protect wildlife and wild places, thank you.

Shawn P. Carey
Migration Productions

Red-winged Blackbird

Wildlands Trust, Plymouth, MA

Wildlands Trust
675 Long Pond Road
Plymouth, MA 02360

Date: Thursday February 23, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

“A Wing and a Care” Building a Future for Birds
Latest video from Migration Productions
Produced by Jim Grady and Shawn Carey
Graphics Sabina Grady
Narrated by Ken Lacouture
Script writer Devin Griffiths
Sound Track Chris Duval

Snowy Owls, Atlantic Puffins, and American Kestrels are connected by more than simply a resemblance of form or function. A crucial thread ties them together: each one has an advocate committed to protecting it and educating others about its plight. Migration Productions’ latest work, “A Wing And A Care,” opens a window onto the lives of these three birds, and introduces you to the men dedicated to their preservation and survival.

 For more than 30 years, Norman Smith has been studying Snowy Owls. Through his Snowy Owl Project, which he started in 1981, Smith has banded and released 700 birds, shedding light on migration routes, learning their habits, and gaining insight into their lifestyles. Along the way, Smith has given countless public presentations in his relentless effort to promote Snowy Owl conservation.
Four decades ago, Dr. Stephen Kress founded Project Puffin with the goal of restoring Atlantic Puffins to Maine’s Eastern Egg Rock—a historical breeding site that had been empty of puffins for nearly a century. Thanks to Dr. Kress’ vision and more than half a lifetime of dedicated and tireless work, he has done what many thought impossible: the Puffins are back, and Eastern Egg Rock is once again home to a thriving colony of these delightful birds.
Tom Sayers is a retired schoolteacher and keen observer of the natural world. Deeply involved in the Connecticut birding community, Sayers began to see a sharp decline in the local population of American Kestrels. In 2010, Sayers took action, launching a groundbreaking program to establish and monitor Kestrel nest boxes, banding each year’s new birds. Over the course of six seasons, he’s banded over 500 fledgling Kestrels, collecting valuable data and shining a light on the habits and health of this magnificent falcon.
 “A Wing And A Care” follows the stories of these three men as they work to protect the birds they love, and shows how a single individual can make a world of difference in the life of a bird. And it asks a critical question: how can each one of us get involved and help build a better future for these incredible birds?