Category Archives: Past Programs
Friday Feb 14, 2014 6.30 p.m
Looking for a unique experience on Valentine’s Day?
We hiked along the Big Spring Trail and make our way through the snow through the open field of the Thornplum Trail, and we saw the moon.
Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. -
In this exciting talk Bucky Owen will cover the amazing recovery of American Bald Eagles, the status of the restoration of the Penobscot River and 11 species of migratory fish, and, finally, the latest word on the recovery of the American Chestnut, once the most important tree in our eastern forests.
Old Town Elementary School fifth grade students will join Mr. Owen, to speak about their experience at the Student’s Environmental Monitoring Project at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge last fall. During this project, nearly 100 students spent the day at the Refuge gathering data on freshwater mussel species.
The event is co-sponsored by Old Town Museum and Hirundo Wildlife Refuge. It will take place at the museum located at 353 Main St. (Route 2) in Old Town.
Sunday, Feb 2, 2014 at 1 p.m
Will the groundhog have emerged from its hibernation? Let’s find out!
We will search for signs of Hirundo’s resident groundhog, a good way to hone observational and tracking skills. An introduction to this and other members of the rodent family found at the refuge will be held at the Parker Reed shelter prior to the walk. Topics include habitats and habits (seasonal survival strategies).
Meet at Parker Reed shelter accessible through Gate 1 of Rt. 43. Reservations and cancellations requested by February 1, 2014, call 207-944-9259. Suggested donations are $5 for adults, school-aged children are free.
-The legend of Groundhog Day is based on an old Scottish couplet:
”If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
there’ll be two winters in the year.”
Info from http://www.gojp.com/groundhog/ maintained by Jason Patton
What we saw
We saw many things on groundhog day except Penobscot Phyllis, the Refuge’s resident groundhog and the world’s only female groundhog prognosticator! She missed out on the lack of sunshine, the light fog rising over the field and our discoveries: the fox den, a new deer rub along the Thornplum Trail, some green blades of grass, several birds nest made visible by tufts of snow and numerous deer trails.
Our prognoses: We have a week of cold weather ahead and are heading into spring. We already gained an hour of daylight since the winter solstice. All in all, things are looking up!
Sunday, December 8 at 1 PM
Did you ever wonder about the historic use of your land? The forest offers tell-tale signs for those who know how to interpret them.
Join Larry Beauregard on his walk through the Refuge and learn to read the landscape. Larry’s presentation
focuses on forest succession and how various disturbances, natural and man-made, influence the forest that we see around us. Meet at the Parker Reed shelter, accessible by Gate 1.
Reservation requested by 11.9. 2013, call 944-9259. Suggested donation $5 per adult, school-aged children are free.
Larry Beauregard is a retired geneticist who is now pursuing his interest in learning about the forests of Maine. He serves as a volunteer at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge and as a mentor in the Maine Master Naturalist Program. He is the Penobscot Valley Chapter Leader for the Small Woodland Association of Maine and is currently a student in the University of Maine School of Forest Resources.
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).