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Upcoming Programs & Calendar

 Program Details

Holiday Special – Monday, May 29, 2017 at 8 am                          Birding by Canoe        

Rad Mayfield will guide the group along Pushaw Stream to take inventory of feathered migrants. It all begins with a brief introduction on migratory birds over breakfast. We will take two 28’foot canoes (seat 12 persons each) to explore the shores of Pushaw Stream. Time permitting will take a look at the Alewife making their way over Pushaw Dam. Meet at the Parker Reed shelter in Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, accessible through Gate 1. Call  207.394.2171 by May 27 to reserve a paddle and seat.

  • Date: Monday, May 29,2017
  • Time: 8 am – 11:30 am
  • Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, 1107 West Old Town Road, Old Town, 04468
  • Meeting Place: Parker Reed shelter, Gate 1 (see directions below)
  • Suggested Donation:
    – $15 includes breakfast
    – $10 guided trip only

Rad Mayfield 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



Saturday, July 8 (July 9 rain date), 2017 – Penobscot River Excursion

Instead of paddling along Pushaw Stream we would like to explore new shores.

Spend the late afternoon (around 4 hours) paddling 28-foot boats among the islands in the Penobscot River north of Old Town. We will take a look a the diverse island habitat, and as dusk draws near catch glimpses of the creatures that prefer the night…. This evening the full moon will rise, and sparkles of moon light will dance across the water..

Join us for an after paddle get together at the Boom House in Old Town. A great place to watch the moon illuminating the Penobscot.

We will keep you posted!

Summer Fun Day – Saturday, August 19 (rain date August  20), 2017 from 10 am – 3 pm

If you spent Winter Fun Day with us, you know what Hirundo has to offer.  This is your chance to see what the Refuge is like in the summer.

We will have team canoe races, war canoe races on Pushaw Stream, and Family Races on Lac d’ Or. You would like entertainment? Sign up for the canoe tug-o-war.

And then… there is the grand opening of the first segment of the Trail of the Senses, a Universal Access Trail, so everyone, no matter of ability, may have a nature experience at Hirundo.


Larouche Family – People’s Choice Award Winner!!!

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge is thrilled to announce that its founders, the Larouche family, are the winner of Natural Resource Council (NRCM) of Maine 2016 People’s Choice Award. The winner is selected based on votes submitted by the public to the NRCM. We would like to thank the people who made this honor possible. Stephanie Larouche, current chair of the Board, will accept the award at a reception in South Portland on September 14. Other NRCM honorees this year include the Penobscot River Restoration Project and the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. This is a wonderful honor for Hirundo, thank YOU for your support!

In 1932, the Larouche Family of Milo bought a hunter’s cabin along with 3 acres of woods on Pushaw Stream for the large active family to enjoy all the natural resources that area had to offer. So impressed by these experiences the sons of Leontine and J. Charles Larouche started to acquire surrounding land, which eventually became a 2,460-acre refuge dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of nature. In 1978, the land was deeded to the University of Maine and a trust established by very generous friends, the Parker Reeds.  The Hirundo Wildlife Trust administers the programs at the Refuge and maintains the land for wildlife habitat and public use.  The trustees are local community members as well as a representative of the University of Maine.

One of the major initiatives for the coming years is a Universal Access Trail System at the Refuge where the senses will be engaged to open the natural world to folks with disabilities as well as the wider community. Trail design includes firm level surfaces leading to Lac d’Or (Lake of Gold), Pushaw Stream, meadows and forests. Stay tuned.

Again, Hirundo Wildlife Refuge is honored that the citizens of Maine recognize the founding family, still intimately involved after four generations.

Thank you for your support!

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Directions for Programs at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge (HWR) :

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).

Support your community – become a member!
$1000 Bull Moose – Life Time Member
$ 500 Eagle – Friend of Refuge
$ 250 Bobcat – Sustaining Member
$ 100 Fox – Supporting Member
$ 50 River Otter – Family
$ 35 Tree Swallow – Individual                                                                                                                                                                                   $15 Spring Peeper – Student
Please mail you check to:Hirundo Wildlife Refuge  P.O. Box 266 Orono, ME 04473or pay on-line:
Thank you for your concern and dedication to the environment and the community!