Category Archives: Past Programs
Pushaw to Penobscot – A Paddle through Time Canoe Trip with cultural and ecological focus Saturday July 18, 2015 from 9:00 am – 3 pm
What a day we had! 60 people piled into six 28-foot canoes and set out to explore canoe route of very old. Great paddling weather. Overcast skies and 3 brief showers kept us comfortably cool. Beautiful scenery, a blooming pickerel marsh was among the favourite, and wildlife sightings such as the Barred Owl, the beaver which left its den right below the canoes, Balded Eagles, hawks, Eastern Kingbird. We had picked a luncheon spot which had seen other visitors only about 8,000 years before present. Lesson learned: everyone like a luncheon spot that is high & dry and with a view. A grand time was had by all.
Distance: 10 miles
We thank our sponsors for their support:
Varney I Insurance & Bonding, Old Town
Mike & B.J. Maybury
Early Birding by Canoe – Breakfast, Talk & Paddle Explore Local Environments Series, Part I – Saturday May 23, 2015 7 am – 12 pm
Do you want to see that early bird? Join Rad Mayfield for an introduction to birds frequenting Hirundo over breakfast, followed by a paddle along Pushaw Stream. Meet at the Parker Reed shelter accessible through Gate 1. Reservation requested by May 21 call 394-2171. Suggested donation $10.
Rad is a teacher at Old Town HS and bird bander in charge of the MOLT MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) banding station in Orono. If you are interested helping out during the bird banding season contact Rad at email@example.com
This is the first paddle in a series of four observing and comparing bird populations at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Sunkhaze Meadows, Fields Pond and Blackman Stream at the Maine Forest & Logging Museum.
Breathe in Spring”- Introduction to Qui Gong – Saturday May 30, 2015 at 9 am
Shiwa Noh will guide you through simple but very effective Qi-gong exercises, breathing deep, absorbing all the vibrant energy from the nature during this introductory class. “Spring is an excellent time to Practice”.
Please register by calling 394-2171, registration deadline May 29. Suggested donation $5 Open to all levels and ages. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Qi-Gong is ancient Chinese internal Martial Art form, Qi(ki) means Energy, Gong means Study or Cultivation, as together it is Study of energy. This simple practices has been base for many Internal Martial Arts, which strengthens, build flexibility, energized the body. It emphasizes the correct body postures and synchronization of breath and movements.
Shiwa Noh is native of Korea, has been dancing all her life, from traditional Korean Dance, to Argentine Tango. She has BFA from UC Irvine, in Choreography. She began studying Internal Martial Arts in 2003, since 2013, she operates Noh Way School of Tai-chi, and Tango, which offers variety styles of social Dance in Bangor. She has been participating various fundraising performances in Maine, and passionate about spreading Tai-chi, and Argentine Tango to communities to bring people, culture and good health together.
Early Riser Canoeing – Saturday June 6 from 7 – 10 am
Begin the day on the quiet water of Pushaw Stream listing to the bird’s morning calls and watch for otter, mink, muskrat, beaver, deer and moose in and along the stream. We will travel in 28-foot canoes. All levels welcome. Meet at the Parker Reed shelter, accessible through Gate 1. Registration requested, please call 394-2171 by June 5. Suggested donations $5
Guest speaker: Lisa Coburn, author of The Maine Garden Journal
If you’ve been gardening for a number of years, you’ve probably tried all the standard, run-of-the-mill plants found in your neighbors’ yards. Avid gardeners want a few plants in their landscape that get special attention. We want something that stops people dead in their tracks and elicits “WOW! What’s that?!” Lisa focuses on almost 80 must-have trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals as well as thugs you really must avoid. www.MaineGardenJournal.com
HIRUNDO WILDLIFE REFUGE in collaboration with the OLD TOWN MUSEUM & UNIVERSITY OF MAINE EXTENSION SERVICE cordially invites you to …
.. be at the “GARDEN PARTY” and Silent Auction at the Old Town Museum at 353 Main Street in Old Town. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
– Find the perfect gift in our silent auction
– Learn about native plants & how you can support native pollinators throughout the season from Dr. Lois Berg Stack, UMaine Extension Ornamental Horticulture Specialist. – Coffee, tea and snacks provided
Reservation requested, please call Hirundo Wildlife Refuge 394-2171, by April 27.
… Cross-country Ski Clinic II – Saturday, February 21, 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Another sunny day! Maine Master Guide and Ski instructor Karen Francoeur did a splendid job teaching participants with different level of experiences.
Ground Hog Day Celebration – “Finding Penobscot Phyllis”, Sunday Feb 1, 1- 4 pm
Under brilliant blue sky and plenty of snow eleven of us set out to find Penobscot Phyllis. We found many deer tracks, signs of deer nibbles on vegetation. and several mouse tracks crossed our path. But again we struck out on finding Phyllis.
However we found a burrow, large enough to hold a woodchuck but the tracks were unlike hers. They belonged to a fox.
Ready for hot chocolate and chocolate covered raisins, provided by Carol and John Gregory, we ended the afternoon next to crackling fire in the Parker Reed shelter.
Our prediction: It was a sunny day and if Phyllis would have taken a look out of burrow, she would have seen a shadow! We concluded six more weeks of winter!
Cross-country Ski Clinic I – Sunday, January 25, 1-3 pm
$20 Donation per person (Non-Member)
20% for Penobscot Valley Ski Club Members $17
50% Discount to Orono Land Trust and Hirundo Wildlife Refuge members $10 (purchase your membership for this benefit!)
Snowshoe through the Refuge – Sunday, January 18, 1 – 3 pm
We managed to get out just before all the snow melted in the afternoon rain! Along the way we saw many piles of squirrel feeding stations and caught a red squirrel red-handedly gnawing away on pine seeds. It ran off only after the delayed alarm call from another squirrel perched up in the nearby pine. This allowed us to discover and watch the eating squirrel for a little bit.
The White Pine trail is aptly named for the many large pine trees that line the trail. Another highlight is the large outcropping of bedrock covered by moss and lichen.
From here we made our way down to the Pushaw Stream trail. Usually one can encounter otter and mink tracks close to the shore but not so today. We followed many deer tracks and enjoyed the serenity of the quiet, almost ice-covered stream. A peaceful afternoon excursion with a workout! Thanks to all of you.
Winter Ecology – Sunday, January 11, 1 – 3 pm
Join wildlife ecologist Bucky Owen, as he snowshoes along a section of Hirundo’s seven-mile trail system, speaks about the seasonal animal and plant adaptation, and identifies animal tracks. Meet at the Parker Reed shelter. Bring snowshoes, weather permitting or reserve them with us. Suggested donation $5. Call to register: 394-2171 by Saturday, Jan 10.
We had a great turnout for the Winter Ecology program! Participants explored shore, coniferous and mixed forest habitats to learn about winter adaptations of small and large mammals, and birds.
Remote-control Quadcopter Demonstration on Sunday, November 16 ..
was a great success.
Sam Hess, Professor of Physics at UMaine, demonstrated and explained this fascinating technology. We saw the Refuge, and ourselves from above. Take a look at Sam’s previous video of the Refuge: Bird’s-eye view of the Refuge
Sunday, October 26 – Halloween at Hirundo
1 – 4 pm Fall crafts
Join us in the afternoon, 1-4 pm, for fall crafts including preparing and raising a share-crow made from natural materials, mask making, bobbing for apples and testing your strength in the hay bale rolling contest. Suggested donation $5.
... and when evening falls and shadows grow larger, dare to come along on the Haunted Walk, listen to a scary story by the campfire and step into the tent of the Future.