Category Archives: Past Programs

Birding and Wildlife Viewing by Canoe – Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Join Danielle D’Auria, biologist with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, on a paddle to the heart of the refuge in search of secretive marsh birds, playful otters, and elusive moose. The out-and-back paddle is about 6 miles and should take 3-4 hours. Bring your own kayak or canoe, paddles, PFD, sunscreen, bug juice, water, and snacks. Contact Danielle to pre-register: ddauria@roadrunner.com, 745-0676.

Old trees line the high banks along Sunkhaze Stream casting tall shadow in the still water.

Old trees line the high banks along Sunkhaze Stream casting tall shadow in the still water.

Paddle enthusiasts enjoy the first day of summer on Sunkhaze Stream.

Paddle enthusiasts enjoy the first day of summer on Sunkhaze Stream.

Danielle D'Auria led the group

Danielle D’Auria led the group

Some animals are everywhere!

Some animals are everywhere!

 

 

 

 

“Useful plants underfoot” – Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk –                                   Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 1 pm

Learn how to identify, collect and use some of the plants around you, with Hirundo Naturalist Gudrun Keszöcze. Meet at the Parker Reed shelter. Please call 207-394-2171 for reservation by June 28, 2014. Suggested donation $5, school-aged children are free.

Group of several Broad-leaved plantain (Plantago major) plants

Group of several Broad-leaved plantain (Plantago major) plants

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) flowers come out before leaves.

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) flowers come out before leaves.

Poisonous plant identification is important. This is Poison Ivy !

Poisonous plant identification is important. This is Poison Ivy !

 

 

Full Moon Paddle –

Friday June 13, 2014 at 7 pm

Enjoy the sounds and serenity of the evening. In our last full moon paddle we had an unexpected close encounter with one of the resident beavers. A lone loon has found its way into Pushaw Stream. Perhaps we will get a look at this magnificent bird. Call to reserve one of Hirundo’s canoes 207-394-2171, by June 12, or bring your own boat. Bring a flashlight. Meet at Gate 3. Suggested donation $5 per adult, school-aged children are free.

Orono Bog Boardwalk benefit yard sale –                   Saturday, June 14, 2014 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 11th annual Orono Bog Boardwalk Yard Sale will be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 14, with rain date Sunday, June 15, at 139 Main St. All proceeds benefit maintenance of the boardwalk. If anyone has items to donate, please contact Jim Bird at 866-2578.

Father’s Day Paddle -

Sunday June 15, 2014 at 2 pm

Are you looking for a special adventure for Dad? Sign up for our annual Father’s Day Paddle to celebrate this special person in your life. Call to reserve one of Hirundo’s canoes, 207-394-2171, by June 14, or bring your own boat.  Meet at Gate 3. Suggested donation $5 per adult, school-aged children are free.

Birding by Canoe – Saturday May 31, 2014  8:00 – 9:30 am

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge and Maine Audubon offer a morning paddle along Floodplain forests and sedge meadows bordering Pushaw and Dead Streams. Recent sightings included Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Kingbird, American Loon and the sound of Bittern, among others. Canoes and equipment available or bring your own.  Meet at Gate 3 (35 Hudson Road, Alton, ME). Suggested donation $5 per adult, school-aged children are free.

Canoes and equipment available or bring your own.  Meet at Gate 3 (35 Hudson Road, Alton, ME). Suggested donation $5 per adult, school-aged children are free.

Please call 394-2171 for reservation by May 30, 2014

Local Bats – Thursday June 5, 2014 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Katelin Craven untangling a bat

Katelin Craven untangling a bat

Katelin Craven will talk about bat ecology, introduce the Maine species, discuss her bat research in Colorado and address the challenges of white nose syndrome. Meet at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge’s  Parker Reed shelter. Bring flashlight. Suggested donation $5, children free. To register call, 394-2171 by June 4, 2014.

Katelin Craven grew up in Austin, TX where Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge inspired a fascination of bats as she observed the world’s largest urban bat colony. She took her desire to study the natural world to Colorado where she earned a master’s degree studying ecology and wildlife biology at the University of Northern Colorado. Her research focus was on the effects of forest management on bat species’ foraging patterns. Now living in Maine, Katelin is busy learning about our local wildlife, co-coordinating FrogWatch USA Lower Penobscot Chapter, and being on the Bangor Land Trust Program Committee.

Full Moon Paddle – Wednesday May 14, 2014   7:00 – 8:30 pm

Have you ever paddled in the dark, listened to the sounds of the night? If not, sign up for on one of our monthly Full Moon Paddles. It is a special time of day, beaver, river otter, muskrats and nighthawks become active and the moon beams cast a white glow on water and the forest. Try it out! Bring a flashlight. Canoes and PFD availble or bring your own. Meet at Gate 3 (35 Hudson Road, Alton, ME)

Suggested donation $5 per adult, school-aged children are free.

 

FrogWatch USA Monitor Training –                                                                                         Sunday May 18, 2014 1:00-5:00 pm

Do you like frogs? Want to Take Care of them and Help them?
Hirundo Wildlife Refuge is looking for volunteers to form the Lower Penobscot FrogWatch USA Chapter. Join us and become a frog monitor and citizen scientist with FrogWatch USA. The training is FREE! The training will be on April 26, Saturday from 1:00-5:00 pm for volunteer monitor training at the Parker Reed shelter located at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Old Town, Maine.
To sign up: email katelin.craven@gmail.com or web@hirundomaine.org, or call 394-2171. Trainers: Katelin Craven and Gudrun Keszöcze. Sponsored by Hirundo Wildlife Refuge and FrogWatchUSA.

Woodcock Walk  - Friday May 9, 2014 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Listen to this sound of spring and watch the woodcock’s dazzling aerial courtship display.                                     Meet at the Parker Reed shelter in the Refuge. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Rubber boats or waterproof shoes recommended. Please call to register by May, 207-394-2171. Dan McAuley is the Research Wildlife Biologist and Station Leader at the US Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center field station in Orono. He has been conducting research on the American Woodcock for 30 years. His current research includes studies on adaptive habitat management and habitat use of the American woodcock in the Northeast and survival of American woodcock during fall migration using radio telemetry.

Annual Spring Spruce Up – Trail Day – Saturday May 10, 2014    Join us from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm or from 1:00 pm – 4 :00 pm

Bring a friend, lunch, clippers, pruners and/or lopping shears if you have them, and dress for the weather. Enjoy the day at Hirundo with other outdoor enthusiasts and get exercise! We meet at the Parker Reed Shelter in the Refuge, accessible through Gate 1.

Mothers on the Water – Sunday May 11, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Celebrating Mothers on May 11 with a women only canoe trip.This guided trip explores Pushaw Stream and includes a stop a Pushaw Dam. Bring lunch, water and sunscreen. Might this be the perfect gift for the mother in your life? Please reserve your space by May 9th, call 394-2171. No boating experience necessary. Use one of Refuge’s canoe or bring your own boat. Suggested donation $5.

Beyond the Backyard – Introduction to Birding I & II

Beyond the Backyard – Introduction to Birding

Paul Markson birding along Hemlock Trail

Paul Markson birding along Hemlock Trail

Have you ever wondered how to identify a bird you have just seen? Do birding field guides confuse rather than inform you? Are you curious about the fascinating world of birding but are unsure where to begin? Would you just like to know the difference in the terms “bird watcher” and “birder”?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, please join us on April  26 at 9:00 am. Local bird guide and Hirundo volunteer Paul Markson will call on his 30+ years of bird watching experience to explain these and other subjects. Topics will include local bird habitats, how to easily identify a bird, demystifying field guides, understanding binoculars, birdings “dos-and-don’ts” and etiquette, and many other bird-related subjects.

This year, by popular request, extra attention will be given to bird identification. There for, the class will be taught in two sessions over two consecutive Saturday mornings. To get the most out of this informative course, please plan to attend BOTH sessions.

While this class is geared towards beginning birders, anyone attending will likely learn something new or helpful. After this course, you will be ready to travel confidently into the field, and go beyond the backyard.
Registration requested by April 17, 2014; please call Hirundo at 207-394-2171. Cancellation of program will be posted on web@hirundomaine.org and on phone. Age recommendation is 12 years and above. Suggested donation is $5 for adults, school-aged children are free. Meet at the Parker Reed shelter.

Tick Check – A Program on Human Insect-Borne Diseases Audio Recording

DeerVersusDogTickHirundo Wildlife Refuge Old Town/Alton and Penobscot Valley Chapter of Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine are offering “Tick Check”, a program on human insect-borne diseases on Saturday, April 5, 2014 10 AM – Noon at the Maine Forest Service Central Region Headquarters in Old Town, Maine. Many of us who spend time in the outdoors have noticed an increase in the number of ticks in our region. At the same time, we have heard numerous reports about increasing cases of Lyme disease and other insect-borne diseases. This program provides an opportunity to learn current information that will help to better enjoy the outdoors and our woods. The program will include a review of tick and mosquito-borne diseases that are of concern in Maine, a demonstration of tick identification and a discussion of methods for disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Presenters will include:
Sara Robinson, Insect-Vector Epidemiologist at Maine Center for Disease Control; Jim Dill Entomologist at University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Craig Curtis, MD Family Medicine.

Synopsis by Ryan Robbins

Intro-Jim-Dill, Entomologist at UMaine Cooperative Extension

Tick Identification-Clay Kirby, Associate Scientist, Entomology at UMaine Cooperative Extension

Tick and Mosquito Biology-Griffin Dill, Scientific Technician at UMaine Cooperative Extension

Tick and Mosquito-borne Diseases-Sara Robinson, Insect-Vector Epidemiologist at Maine Center for Disease Control

Medical Treatment of Insect-borne Diseases-Craig Curtis, MD Family Medicine

Credit: Ryan Robbins, Bangor City Forest Report

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TICK CHECK! – A Program on Human Insect-Borne Diseases

PENOBSCOT VALLEY CHAPTER SMALL WOODLAND OWNERS ASSOCIATION OF MAINE and HIRUNDO WILDLIFE REFUGE present:

Saturday, April 5, 2014 10 AM – Noon

 Maine Forest Service Central Region Headquarters Old Town, Maine

Many of us who spend time in the outdoors have noticed an increase in the number of ticks in our region. At the same time, we have heard numerous reports about increasing cases of Lyme disease and other insect-borne diseases. This program provides an opportunity to learn current information that will help to better enjoy the outdoors and our woods. The program will include a review of tick and mosquito-borne diseases that are of concern in Maine, a demonstration of tick identification and a discussion of methods for disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Presenters will include:

Sara Robinson
Insect-Vector Epidemiologist
Maine Center for Disease Control

Jim Dill
Entomologist
University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Primary Healthcare Provider
To Be Announced

Directions: Take Route I-95 North or South to Old Town exit 197. Travel in easterly direction toward Old Town. Turn left at the DeWitt Airfield entrance. Turn right at the sign for the Maine Forest Service.

Registration is encouraged by April 1, 2014. Please respond by e-mail to Larry Beauregard, Penobscot Valley Chapter Leader, at redspruce@myfairpoint.net

Winter Family Day

 Sunday, March 9  12 – 3 p.m.                                

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge’s first Winter Family Day offers a great line-up of programs and activities for all ages and abilities.

  • Survival Adaptations of Animals in Winter
  • Pond life in Winter
  • Hirundo Biathlon
  • Animal Sculpture Competition
  • Campfire, hot chocolate and s’mores
  • Self-guided activities

We will present two environmental programs. “Survival Adaptations of Animals in Winter” introduces you to the amazing ways of how animals cope with the cold. Your skill of observation is put to the test when “Searching for Signs of Animals” during the guided trail walk. Hirundo’s Biathlon measures speed, as well as agility in a snowshoe race, and precision by throwing snowballs at a target.

Snowshoe race. From Canadian Archives
Snowshoe race. From Canadian Archives

Tired? Take a break by the campfire; warm up with hot chocolate and s’mores. Better yet, plan to spend the day. Pack a lunch and enjoy it next to the fireplace inside the shelter. We invite everyone to participate in the animal snow sculpture competition to gain local fame. If you prefer to be on your own, check out our Self-guided activities.

3.9.14-Schedule-Winter Family Fun Day

No matter which activity you choose – it will be fun.

Bring your own ski or rent from Maine Bound Equipment Rentals

“Song in the Woods” Dogsled Adventures will be back in 2015 !

OWL Walk

Wednesday, February 26 & March 5, 2014 at 6 p.m.                                       OWL Walk

 Little Owl shows how it's done. Photographed by Austin Thomas/Solent
Little Owl shows how it’s done. Photographed by Austin Thomas/Solent

presented by local bird guide, Paul Markson. Before the walk in the dark forest Paul will explain what makes owls such extraordinary hunters and introduces the species that we encounter in Maine. After a brief training session in identifying different owl calls we will go for hike (maximum distance 1 mile) practicing the newly learned skill.  The  introduction is inside the Parker Reed shelter.  Bring flashlight and dress for the weather. Depending on weather, conditions bring snowshoes or reserve a pair with us.

For reservation and possible cancellation call 207-394-2171 or visit www.hirundomaine.org

Program is open to all ages, recommendation is 8 years and above. Suggested donation is $5 for adults, school-aged children are free.