Category Archives: Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Programs & Calendar

           2016 CALENDAR               June-September Programs 2016

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The programs for camp groups are on Mondays and for Families on Wednesdays

Program Monday Wednesday
Halfway to the North Pole! June 27 June 29
Netting the Big Ones! July 11 July 13
Fairies, Trolls and Goblins! July 18 July 20
Unearthing the Past! July 25 July 27
Treasure Hunters! Aug. 1 Aug. 3
Dirty Secrets! Aug. 8 Aug. 10
Nature Boat Derby! Aug.15 Aug. 17
Danger on the Way! Aug. 22 Aug. 24

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).

 Program Descriptions


 SAVE THE DATE! – Saturday, July 16  (Rain date July 17)                                     Time: 8 am to 4 pm

Pushaw to the Penobscot – A Paddle through Time                      –    Canoe Trip with cultural and ecological focus

The objective of this event is to raise awareness to the cultural and ecological role of the waterways in Maine, Pushaw Stream and the Penobscot River in particular. We will travel in 28-foot canoes retracing steps (paddle strokes) of cultures from long ago.

Canoes will raft together for talks, drumming and wildlife observations. We will have 4-5 stops along the way to talk about archeology, past climates, Penobscot Nation use of the area, Hirundo’s 50th, Penobscot River Restoration, fish migration, and much more! It is an easy 10 mile – downstream paddle!

Historic records indicate that hunters and gatherers lived in the area as early as 9,000 years ago (earlier than the pyramids) and used waterways for transportation and the shores for setting up small settlements. They also used specific type of stone found along Pushaw Stream to fashion tools and other implements.

Prior to 1830, when the first dam was built along the Penobscot River, alewives & eels made their way up along the Penobscot into Pushaw Stream.  Since the last dam removal in 2013, a large influx of anadromous fish migration has been recorded, unprecedented since 1830. Thus far this year 800,000 Alewives passed through the fish counter at Pushaw Dam.

Members $5,  Non-members $25.

If you join the supportive Hirundo members, the trip is included in the membership. Individual membership $35 covers 1 person, Family membership $50 up to 4 of the family. Of course, there are many other membership levels to choose from!  Your support of the Refuge is an investment in your community. Thank you!

Membership Levels:

$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

Please mail you check to:

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge  P.O. Box 266 Orono, ME 04473

or pay on-line:

We appreciate your concern and dedication to the environment and the community.