Category Archives: Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Programs & Calendar

Great Outdoors

 

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge joins the celebration of the Great Maine Outdoors Weekend by offering three  programs. 

Saturday, September 27, 9 am – 2:30 pm - “Paddle &  Walk”                                               

This program combines paddling canoes along the quiet waters of Pushaw Stream and a hike along the history- rich Wabanaki Trail. Feel free to join Greg Innes for the entire time or for each individual segment. The canoeing trip begins at 9 am at Gate 3 and returns at 12 pm. At this time you can join the group for the short paddle to the landing side near the Wabanaki trail head. We will break for lunch (bring you own) at the Parker Reed shelter. You may join the group at the shelter. The Trail Walk will begin at 1 pm and lasts for 1 hour. Thereafter we will paddle back to Gate 3.                                                                                                                                                           Call 394-2171 for registration and canoe reservation by September 26. You may bring your own boat. Suggested donation $5 for adults. Children are free.

Sunday, September 28, 1 – 2 pm “Turtles of Maine”

Turtles on a stick by J. Adamson

Turtles on a stick by J. Adamson

 

Jean Adamson, turtle rehabilitator, will share her knowledge and admiration   for these shy and often elusive reptiles. She will discuss the species of turtles in Maine, turtle biology, dangers facing turtles, and conservation efforts. Jean has a degree in natural resources with a major in natural history and was a founding member of Turtle Homes, a turtle conservation effort. Meet at the Parker Reed shelter in Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Gate 1.

Call 394-2171 for registration and canoe reservation by September 27. Suggested donation $5 for adults. Children are free.

 

Sunday, September 28, 2:30 pm – Guided Paddle                                                           “Searching for turtles”

Do you want to see a turtle in the wild. Join us after Jean’s presentation for a paddle along Pushaw Stream. Depending on group size we might travel in 28 foot canoes.

Call 394-2171 for registration and canoe reservation by September 27. You may bring your own boat. Suggested donation $5 for adults. Children are free.

Maine’s Moose – an Update - Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7 p.m

The program takes place at the Old Town Museum, 353 Main St. in Old Town. Lee Kantar will discuss the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s current research on adult female and calf survival that started this past year with the capture and GPS radio collaring of 60 moose.  His topics will include winter and summer moose capture work, recovery and necropsy of moose mortalities, the role of winter tick and parasites on Maine’s moose as well as the monitoring of adult cows and calves during this past summer. The event is co-sponsored by Hirundo Wildlife Refuge and the Old Town Museum. For reservations, call 394-2171.

Lee Kantar is a Wildlife Biologist and works currently as the Moose Project Leader for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. He oversees the management of Maine’s moose population, conducts and oversees aerial survey work as well as biological data collection and analysis, formulation of annual season recommendations, and monitoring disease issues. Lee serves as spokesperson on moose issues.

Fungi identification & foray – Saturday, October 4, 2014,  1-5 pm

Learn the basics of Mushroom identification with State Mycologist Seanna Annis. You will learn the basics on how to use a mushroom identification key and search for mushrooms. Reservation requested by October 3, call 207-394-2171. Meet at the Parker Reed shelter, which is located at Lac D’or. Suggested donations are $8 for adults, school-aged children are free.

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.

... 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. 

6 – 7:30 pm – Haunted Walk, Scary Stories and a look into the Future

 

Directions for Programs at the Refuge:

Gate 1: 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 4.75 mi and look for the large red signs on your right. Take Gate 1 off Rt. 43 and follow the dirt road for ~1/2 mile to the Pine Tree parking area. The Parker Reed shelter is 100 m further on the left.

Gate 3: 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 (35 Hudson Road in Alton) off Rt. 43 (right side, just before the bridge).

                                   

2014 CALENDAR 

 

Day Date Time Program  Presenter Location
SAT 9.27.2014 9 am – 2:30 pm Great Outdoor Weekend: Paddle & Walk Greg Innes  Gate 3
SUN 9.28.2014 1 pm Turtles of Maine Jean Adamson  Gate 1
SUN 9.28.2014 2:30 pm Guided Afternoon Paddle – Searching for turtles Gudrun Keszöcze  Gate 3
THU 10.2.2014 7-8 pm Maine’s Moose – an Update Lee Kantar, MDIFW  Old Town Museum, Old Town
SAT 10.4.2014 1-5 pm Fungi identification & foray Seanna Annis, UMaine  Gate 1
SAT 10.18.2014 9-11 am Gateway Seniors- Guided Walk Gudrun Keszöcze  Gate 1
SUN 10.26.2014 1-4 pm Halloween at Hirundo, Fall Arts & Crafts Hirundo Volunteers  Gate 1
SUN 10.26.2014 6-7:30 pm Haunted Walk & Scary Stories Hirundo Volunteers  Gate 1