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Upcoming Programs & Calendar

Christmas Bird Count – Saturday December 20 –  8:00 am

Hirundo joins the annual Orono-Old Town Christmas Bird Count, how about you?

The count will begin at 8 a.m. and covers varied territories. Meet us at the Parker Reed shelter in the Refuge. We are planing for a warm day, unlike last year! Please call 394-2171 to register.



Winter Family Day Sunday, February 8  10:30 – 4 p.m.

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge’s  Winter Family Day offers a great line-up of programs and activities for all ages and abilities.

As promised back in 2015, Hirundo’s 50 year anniversary:


Let's go ...

Let’s go …

We thank Machias Savings Bank

for sponsoring the dog sledding adventure.


.. enjoy the ride!

.. enjoy the ride!

Program for the day:

  • Winter Ecology: Survival Adaptations of Animals in Winter and Searching for Signs of Animals
  • Hirundo Biathlon
  • Animal Sculpture Competition
  • Campfire & hot chocolate
  • Curling for fun
  • Self-guided activities

Bucky Owen will introduce you to the amazing ways of how animals cope with the cold. Your skill of observation is put to the test when “Searching for Signs of Animals” during the guided trail walk. Hirundo’s Biathlon measures speed, as well as agility in a snowshoe race, and precision by throwing snowballs at a target. You could also try your hand a curling!

Snowshoe race. From Canadian Archives
Snowshoe race. From Canadian Archives

Tired? Take a break by the campfire; warm up with hot chocolate. Better yet, plan to spend the day. Pack a lunch and enjoy it next to the fireplace inside the Parker Reed shelter. We invite everyone to participate in the animal snow sculpture competition to gain local fame. If you prefer to be on your own, check out our Self-guided activities.

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).




Day Date Time Program  Presenter Location
SUN 12.20.2014 8:00 am Christmas Bird Count Local volunteers Gate 1 Parker Reed shelter
SUN 1.4.2015 1:00 pm Winter adventure on snowshoes Gudrun Keszöcze Gate 1 Parker Reed shelter
SUN 2.8.2015 10:30 am Winter Family Day S.Maderea, B. Owen & others Gate 1 Parker Reed shelter