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Upcoming Programs & Calendar

Full Moon Paddle – Sunday, November 13, 2016 –  3 pm

The last Full Moon paddle of the season. Pushaw Stream is a flat water stream with a slow moving current, making it ideal for beginners. Bring a friend, a flashlight and dress warm and explore the nightlife in Alton. Reserve a seat by calling 207.394.2171 by Saturday, November 12. Suggested donation $5.

Volunteer Trail Day – Saturday December 3, 2016 from 10 to 12

Task for the day is to re-blaze all trails before it snows and trail clearing. Meet at the Parker Reed shelter at 10 am for this 2 hour volunteer session. Thank you! Directions below.

Ornaments by Nature – Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 2-5 pm 

Join us for a discovery walk collecting materials and exploring the Refuge. We take the found treasures to the shelter and craft them into seasonal ornaments. Dress warm, bring a flashlight and a friend. All ages welcome. Please call 207.394.2171 to reserve your spot. Suggested donation $5 per adult, children under 12 free. Members  free.


SAVE THE DATE(S) for  Winter Family Day                                               February 11, 2017 (18 – lack of snow date)

Winter Family Day 2016 was a howling success, with Ski races, Snow shoe Biathlon, Winter Ecology Walk, Snow Sculpture Contest and of course Dog Sledding!! Over 100 people enjoyed the day at the Refuge. We invite you to do the same. Please check back for more details. Thank you.

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!