Category Archives: Past Programs
Mushroom Walk – Saturday, October 19 at 1 PM
Fourteen fungi enthusiast searched, knelt and exclaimed when finding the colourful fruiting bodies of many fungi species.
Among our discoveries were several species of bracket fungi including tinder and birch bark fungus both of which were found with Ötzi, the 5300 year old iceman, discovered in the alps in 1991 http://www.iceman.it/en/node/233 . We also found gilled mushrooms (order agaricales), boletes those with a spongy surface of pores, jelly fungi in black, yellow and red, and a peculiar looking pinkish-white slime mold. Seanna Annis gave insight to the complex sex life of fungi, their ecology and uses. Yes, some mushrooms are edible, have medicinal value and they are also used for dying fibers, producing beautiful warm colours. If you missed this year’s walk be sure to join us next fall for our Annual Foray with State mycologist Seanna Annis.
Full Moon Paddle – Friday, October 18 at 5:30 PM
It was the last full Moon Paddle of the season!
A dozen participants enjoyed an unforgettable October paddle. The Hunter Moon rose majestically lighting our path along Pushaw Stream. Beavers crossing in front of us was the second highlight during the evening excursion. We all sat quietly hoping for another encounter. It was a beautiful image, five canoes drifting on dark water, illuminated by a bright moon and enveloped by the sounds of the night will be etched into my mind.
Grandma, Grandpa and Grandchild – Canoe Tour
September 8 is National Grandparents Day
Share a guided canoe trip on the quiet waters of Pushaw and Dead Streams.
It was a GRAND afternoon. After a morning downpour the skies cleared and gave way to a beautiful afternoon. We did have a couple of short showers as we paddled up Dead Stream. The recent rain has brought up the water level to navigate the stream.
Aquatic Insect Safari – Sunday August 11 at 2 PM
How many pollution sensitive macro invertebrates live in Pushaw and Dead Streams. Join us to find out!
Today, July 28, we found three locations with several Moss animal colonies while canoeing along Pushaw Stream. Currently the colonies are still relatively small. The largest measured 7 inches in length and 3 inches in diameter. Largest colonies at the end of last summer was the size of a basket ball.
Learn canoeing basics and put your new skills to the test by exploring Pushaw and Dead Streams, all in the same afternoon!
Jimmy Haller, instructor at the Maine Bound Outdoor Adventure Center, will focus on paddling strokes, rescue techniques, canoe dynamics and canoeing safety. Registration and cancellation requested by July 12 call 944-9259. Meet in the parking lot at Gate 3. Suggested donations are $5 for adults, school-aged children are free.
Directions: From the South – Take the I-95 N to ME-43 exit 197 to Old Town/Hudson. Turn left onto Rt. 43 (Hudson Rd). Go west 4.9 mi and take Gate 3 off Rt. 43 (right side, just before the bridge).
Friday, June 21 at 7 PM
Pack a dinner for two and invite a friend for a paddle during the longest night of the year. We will share the quiet waters of Pushaw Stream with beaver and muskrat when they emerge for the nightly forays. Meet at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Gate 3 in the parking lot (35 Hudson Rd., Alton). Reservations and cancellations requested by June 20, call 207-944-9259. Bring a flashlight, water and a snack. Suggested donations $5, school-aged children are free.
We will cover plant use, collection protocol and identification. Each participant has the opportunity to create a search image best suited for her/him. The group will then go for a walk gathering various plants. Registration and cancellation requested by June 8; call 944-9259. Meet in the Parker Reed shelter. Suggested donations are $5 for adults, school-aged children are free.
Hirundo’s first Full Moon Paddle of the season was prevented by rain! We hope for a clear sky on our next full moon paddle on June 21 at 7 PM.
Share a quiet evening on Pushaw Stream with Wildlife ecologist Bucky Owen, resident beavers, muskrats and otters. Meet at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Gate 3 in the parking lot (35 Hudson Rd., Alton). Reservations and cancellations requested by May 22, call 207-944-9259. Bring a flashlight, water and a snack.
- Natural Bird Feeders in your yard
Sunday, May 19, 1 PM
The program explores the use of native tree & shrub species, and flowering plants as sustainable food source for birds. In choosing specific plants, you will enrich the area with food and shelter for birds and butterflies. Your return is hours of bird observation opportunities, varied bird songs and, in some instances, food for yourself. Only, if you are fast enough come harvest time.
Reservations and cancellations requested by May 18; call 207-944-9259.
Program is free and open to all ages. Suggested donations are $5 for adults, school-aged children are free.
How birds keep our world safe from plagues of insects: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/scbi/migratorybirds/fact_sheets/default.cfm?fxsht=2