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Upcoming Programs

Spiders-a silent world – Saturday, August 5th 2017 10am

Take a 1-hour trip into the world of spiders with your guide, Donne Sinderson.    

Donne is an amateur arachnologist and Maine Master Naturalist, that started learning about spiders four years ago. She will introduce the different types of spiders, how their survival strategy differs and then head out to look for them in field, forest and around buildings.No experience necessary but curiosity required.

Meet at the Parker Reed shelter in the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, accessible through Gate 1 (1107 West Old Town Rd., Old Town)

Registration requested, call 394.2171 by August 4th. Suggested donation $5 adults, $3 children under 12


Fully booked! Thanks for your interest.

Next month Full Moon Paddle September 5th at 6:30 pm

Full Moon Paddle – Sunday, August 6, 2017 6:45pm

Enjoy gentle Pushaw Stream during the early evening hours. Life jackets, paddles and canoes provided. Bring long-sleeved shirt or lightweight jacket and pant and a flashlight. Meet in parking area at HWR Gate 3 (35 Hudson Rd, Alton) Click here  Location Map

Registration requested, call 394.2171 by August 5th. Suggested donation $5


 Update: Friday night event cancelled due to cloud cover. New date Aug. 12. Please check back for details.

Perseid Shower Observation                                                                                                          Friday, August 11, 2017 9pm – 4am (rain date August 12, 2017)

The Perseid Meteor Shower is among the best meteor showers during the year with 50+ meteors per hour. The greatest number of meteors occur in the morning of August 12. Join us, behind the Emera Astronomy Center in Orono, to watch this annual spectacle on August 11th or August 12th (rain date), weather depending. Bring your chair, or blanket & pillow, non-alcoholic beverage and wishes.

Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Emera Astronomy Center and M.F. Jordan Planetarium at UMaine, will give a guided Constellation Tour as part of the introduction to the Perseids. Do you want to know more about the night-sky? Follow Shawn’s Blog  Eye on Maine Skies

We will set up an insect trap  to attract night-flying insects such as moth and beetles. An entomologist will be at hand helping you to identify the nocturnal insects.

Reserve your place under the stars by August 9th. Space is limited Click here to register           Suggested donation $5 adults, $3 children under 12.

Location:  Emera Astronomy Center 167 Rangeley Rd University of Maine  Orono, Maine 04469                             Map: Emera Astronomy Center 

Perhaps you are interested in the upcoming Solar Eclipse? The Emera Astronomy Center offers a program about the phenomena of eclipses “Totality -Explore the Wonder of Eclipses”. Why not combine both programs!             More information: Event Calendar

Event Details

• 9:00 pm  Welcome and introduction of program and presenters, followed by

• Guided Constellation Tour and introduction to the Perseid Showers by Shawn Laatsch

• Observe nocturnal insects at insect trap

• Sunrise – program ends

Contact us for additional question via email: or call 207.394.2171.

Thanks to Emera Astronomy Center and the University of Maine for making this location available and providing guidance to the night sky.

We look forward to share the night with you!


Hirundo Open House – Saturday, September 9, 2017 – 10am – 3pm

(rain date August  20, 2017)

If you spent Winter Fun Day with us, you know what Hirundo has to offer in the winter.  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… the first segment of the Trail of the Senses, a Universal Access Trail, will be open, 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!