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Upcoming Programs & Calendar

           2015 CALENDAR 

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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 sign 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).

 Program Descriptions

 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 radaves@gmail.co

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

Explore Local Environments Series, Part II – Saturday June 13, 2015 at 7:30 am
Sunkhaze Stream Paddle with Danielle D’Auria

Meet Danielle at Milford on the Run Gas station at 12 Main St Milford. This trip is limited to 10 boats, please bring your own. Reservation requested by Friday June 12, please call  745-0676. Suggested donation $5.

Danielle is a wildlife biologist who works in the Bird Group of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. She focuses on understanding statewide populations of colonial wading birds, secretive marsh birds, black terns, loons, and other rare water birds. Since 2009, she has spent a majority of her time researching why great blue herons have undergone a decline along Maine’s coast.

Exploring Local Environments Series, Part III – Satuday June 20, 2015 – 8 am
Fields Pond Paddle with Holly Twining

Compare Fields Pond with the other two locations you have paddled. Meet at Fields Pond Audubon Center 216 Fields Pond Rd, Holden. Please call to reserve your space at (207) 989-2591. Suggested donation $5

Father’s Day Paddle – Sunday June 21, 2015 – 1 pm   

A great way to spend Sunday afternoon honoring the father in your life. Bucky Owen, Wildlife Ecologist will guide the group on this outing. Reservation requested, please call 394-2171 by Saturday, June 20. You may choose to use a Hirundo canoe or bring your own. Meet at Gate 3 (35 Hudson Road, Alton). Suggested donation $5.

 

      SPECIAL PROGRAM

Pushaw to Penobscot – A Paddle through Time                                                          Canoe Trip with cultural and ecological focus                                                             Saturday July 18, 2015 from 9:00 am – 3 pm                                                                           Rain date July 19, 2015

Join Bucky Owen, John Bear Mitchell and the Penobscot RiverKeepers to form a flotilla of six 28- foot canoes to journey from Hirundo Wildlife Refuge to Indian Island in Old Town. During our  4-5 stops along the way the canoes will raft together for talks about: archaeology, past climates, Penobscot use of the area, Hirundo’s 50th anniversary, Penobscot River Restoration, fish migration, and much more … Bring picnic lunch; drinks will be provided.

Registration required because of shuttle issues, call 394-2171 or send email to: web@hirundomaine.org. Cost $10

We thank our sponsors for their support: 
Varney Agency I Insurance & Bonding of Old Town                                                                                  Putnam Investments, Portland

 

Penobscot River, New England's second largest river, near Old Town.

Penobscot River, New England’s second largest river, near Old Town.

28'- foot canoe traveling toward Old Town on the Penobscot.

28′- foot canoe traveling toward Old Town on the Penobscot.

Paddling toward Indian Island

Paddling toward Indian Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 sign 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).