Category Archives: Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Programs & Calendar

           2015 CALENDAR 

 Click here for printed version of   April-June Upcoming Programs

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

 SPECIAL PROGRAM

“WOW Plants for Maine Gardens” – Wednesday, April 29, 7 pm 

Guest speaker: Lisa Coburn, author of The Maine Garden Journal

If you’ve been gardening for a number of years, you’ve probably tried all the standard, run-of-the-mill plants found in your neighbors’ yards. Avid gardeners want a few plants in their landscape that get special attention. We want something that stops people dead in their tracks and elicits “WOW! What’s that?!” Lisa focuses on almost 80 must-have trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals as well as thugs you really must avoid. www.MaineGardenJournal.com

HIRUNDO WILDLIFE REFUGE in collaboration with the OLD TOWN MUSEUM & UNIVERSITY OF MAINE EXTENSION SERVICE cordially invites you to …

.. be at the “GARDEN PARTY” and Silent Auction at the Old Town Museum at 353 Main Street in Old Town.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.

– Find the perfect gift in our silent auction
– Learn about native plants & how you can support native pollinators throughout the season from          Dr. Lois Berg Stack, UMaine Extension Ornamental Horticulture Specialist.                                       – Coffee, tea and snacks provided
Reservation requested, please call Hirundo Wildlife Refuge 394-2171, by April 27.

 

 Introduction to Kayaking (4 session series) -5/5, 5/12, 5/14, 5/19,                                                          Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:00-7:00 pm

Support the Refuge by signing up through Hirundo Wildlife Refuge.  Castine Kayak Adventures will donate 15% of course fee to Refuge! 

This course will allow you to Paddle Smart from the Start and get geared up for a summer of kayaking exercise and adventures and discover some great paddling locations! In this course we’ll cover kayaking basics, from proper boat fit and entry, paddle size and proper use, what boat is right for you, essential equipment to paddle safely, where to paddle with basic map reading skills, efficient stroke technique and capsize and re-entry practice in the pool. Upon completion you will be prepared to paddle safely and efficiently on ponds, lakes and slow moving rivers.

5/5, 5/12, 5/14, 5/19, Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:00-7:00 pm
Locations:
1. Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Pushaw Stream
2. Husson University Pool Session
3. Stillwater River, Orono
4. Pushaw Lake, Orono

Course Fee:
$150 pp (with own gear)
$185 pp (with gear provided)

 

Woodcock Walk – Wednesday, May 9  at 7:30 pm  

Follow the peent of the Woodcock, the “little lover of the swamps or bogs”.

You know spring arrived when you hear the peent of the woodcock. Wait; there is more than just the nasal sound! Join Daniel McAuley, Research Wildlife Biologist to follow the peent, see the woodcock and watch his dazzling aerial courtship display.Bring a flashlight & binoculars, dress for the weather, rubber boats or waterproof shoes recommended. Please call to register, 394-2171 by May 8. Suggested donation $5, school-aged children free.

Dan McAuley is the Research Wildlife Biologist and Station Leader at the US Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center field station in Orono. He has been conducting research on the American Woodcock for 30 years.  His current research includes studies on adaptive habitat management and habitat use of the American woodcock in the Northeast and survival of American woodcock during fall migration using radio telemetry.

MOTHER’S ON THE WATER – Sunday May 10, 11 am – 2:30 pm

Do you want to make this Mother’s Day special? Give the Mother in your life a special treat! This is an all adult women paddling trip in Hirundo Wildlife Refuge. You may sign up to use our boats or bring your own.        We had a great time last year!

Meet at Gate 3. Bring water, lunch, sunscreen at hat and good cheer.

Suggested donation $5-10. Registration requested by May 9, call 394-2171.

 

Spring Photography Workshop with place-based photographer Roger Merchant

“Grab your camera and join us for a morning workshop with place-based photographer Roger Merchant. This introductory workshop will focus on wildflowers and trees in Hirundo’s forested riparian zones. The basics of good composition will be emphasized, with special focus on applying depth of field to close-ups like wildflowers. Bring your camera with a well-charged battery and some memory cards. A tripod would be very handy for wildflower subjects. Preregistration is requested so that we can best plan this 4 hour workshop.”

Date: Saturday May 16, 2015

Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Location: HWR Parker Reed shelter

Preregistration requested by May 8, call 394-2171

Cost: Suggested donation $20-$25

Limit: 10 participants

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).