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Upcoming Programs & Calendar

Beyond the Backyard – Introduction to Birding

Paul Markson birding along Hemlock Trail

Paul Markson birding along Hemlock Trail

Have you ever wondered how to identify a bird you have just seen? Do birding field guides confuse rather than inform you? Are you curious about the fascinating world of birding but are unsure where to begin? Would you just like to know the difference in the terms “bird watcher” and “birder”?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, please join us on April 19 and 26 at 9:00 am. Local bird guide and Hirundo volunteer Paul Markson will call on his 30+ years of bird watching experience to explain these and other subjects. Topics will include local bird habitats, how to easily identify a bird, demystifying field guides, understanding binoculars, birdings “dos-and-don’ts” and etiquette, and many other bird-related subjects.

This year, by popular request, extra attention will be given to bird identification. There for, the class will be taught in two sessions over two consecutive Saturday mornings. To get the most out of this informative course, please plan to attend BOTH sessions.

While this class is geared towards beginning birders, anyone attending will likely learn something new or helpful. After this course, you will be ready to travel confidently into the field, and go beyond the backyard.
Registration requested by April 17, 2014; please call Hirundo at 207-944-9259. Cancellation of program will be posted on and on phone. Age recommendation is 12 years and above. Suggested donation is $5 for adults, school-aged children are free. Meet at the Parker Reed shelter.

FrogWatch USA Monitor Training -
Saturday April 26, 20141:00-5:00 pm

Do you like frogs? Want to Take Care of them and Help them?
Hirundo Wildlife Refuge is looking for volunteers to form the Lower Penobscot FrogWatch USA Chapter. Join us and become a frog monitor and citizen scientist with FrogWatch USA. The training is FREE! The training will be on April 26, Saturday from 1:00-5:00 pm for volunteer monitor training at the Parker Reed shelter located at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Old Town, Maine.
To sign up: email or, or call 944-9259. Trainers: Katelin Craven and Gudrun Keszöcze. Sponsored by Hirundo Wildlife Refuge and FrogWatchUSA.

Annual Spring Spruce Up – Trail Day – Saturday May 10, 2014 Join us from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm or from 1:00 pm – 4 :00 pm

Bring a friend, lunch, clippers, pruners and/or lopping shears if you have them, and dress for the weather. Enjoy the day at Hirundo with other outdoor enthusiasts and get exercise! We meet at the Parker Reed Shelter in the Refuge, accessible through Gate 1.

Mothers on the Water – Sunday May 11, 11 am – 2 pm

Celebrating Mothers on May 11 with a women only canoe trip. Guided trip along Pushaw Stream. Please reserve your space by May 9th, call 944-9259. No boating experience necessary. Use one of Refuge’s canoe or bring your own boat. Suggested donation $5.

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).




SAT 4.19.14 9 a.m. “Beyond the Backyard I” Intro to birding Part 1 Paul Markson HWR Gate1  
SAT 4.26.14 9 a.m. “Beyond the Backyard II” Intro to birding Part 2 Paul Markson HWR Gate1  
SAT 5.3.14 7 a.m. “Neighborhood Bird Walk” sponsored by Maine Audubon Fields Pond Paul Markson HWR Gate1  
Rescheduled! SAT 5.10.14 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 - 4 p.m. Spring Spruce-Up Trail Day ALL HWR Gate1  
SUN 5.11.14 11 a.m. “Mothers on the water” – All women paddle Gudrun Keszöcze HWR Gate3  
SUN 5.31.14 8 a.m. “Birding by canoe” collaboration with Maine Audubon Fields Pond Rad Mayfield HWR Gate3