Category Archives: Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Programs & Calendar

 Eavesdropping on local  bats –      

                       Friday August 15, 2014 7:00 – 8:30 pm

How do you listen to a bat? Bat sounds are generally at high frequencies undetectable to humans. Katelin Craven has a way to make bat sounds audible for humans to hear. Her presentation also includes bat ecology, Maine’s bat species, the challenges of white nose syndrome and her bat research in Colorado. Meet at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge’s  Parker Reed shelter. Bring flashlight. Suggested donation $5, children free. To register call, 394-2171 by August 14, 2014.

Katelin Craven untangling a bat

Katelin Craven untangling a bat

Katelin Craven grew up in Austin, TX where Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge inspired a fascination of bats as she observed the world’s largest urban bat colony. She took her desire to study the natural world to Colorado where she earned a master’s degree studying ecology and wildlife biology at the University of Northern Colorado. Her research focus was on the effects of forest management on bat species’ foraging patterns. Now living in Maine, Katelin is busy learning about our local wildlife, co-coordinating FrogWatch USA Lower Penobscot Chapter, and being on the Bangor Land Trust Program Committee.

Family Fun Day – Sunday, August 17, 10 am – 4 pm

  • Electro – fishing demonstration with Rory Saunders and Steve Coghlan
  • Silkscreen your own T-shirt with local artist Kris Sader
  • Catching and Identifying aquatic macro invertebrates
  • Pack a lunch and plan to spend the day. Hirundo Wildlife Refuge will have desserts and drinks at hand.

The event is open to the public and will be held at the Parker Reed shelter accessible through Gate 1, at the Refuge.

Bring your family, pack a lunch and plan to spend the day exploring nature, art and old technology.
Family Day kicks off at 10 a.m. with hands-on silk screening workshop led by local artist Kris Sader. Buy a t-shirt, choose one of her two bird designs and make your beautiful wearable art! All other supplies will be on hand. Silk screening is lots of fun and something you can do at home.

During the activities and demonstration that follow, visitors will learn about the fish species in Pushaw Stream and collection methods, including electrofishing with fish experts Rory Saunders and Steve Coghlan. Meet the local aquatic insects with Greg Innes, enjoy guided walks, test your skill in the obstacle canoe race (canoes & gear provided), and experience paddling a 28-foot war canoe.

Family Day is held bi-annually in August and January/February. It encourages families to explore nature and learn about the local animals and plants in any season. Volunteer presenters, local business support and Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, a non-profit organization, make Family Day possible. Suggested donation $5 dollars for adults, school-aged children are free.

Time Activity Location Guide / Instructor
10  am

 

Welcome and orientation the Refuge, introduction of presenters and brief overview of Family Day Parker Reed Shelter Larry Beauregard,  Board of Trustees

 

10:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.

see table for  break times

Create  wearable art – Silkscreen you own T-shirt with local artist Kris Sader

 

Parker Reed Shelter Kris Sader
11 am – 12:30 p.m. Electrofishing Parker Reed Shelter Rory Saunders / Steve Coughlan
12:30 -1:15 p.m. Lunch (BYO)

We thank Hannaford of Old Town for donating fruit, snacks and drinks.

Parker Reed Shelter  
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Aquatic macro invertebrates Parker Reed Shelter Greg Innes
2:15 – 3 p.m. Canoe Obstacle Race Parker Reed Shelter Hirundo Wildlife Refuge Board of Trustee
3 – 4 p.m. Guided Walk Parker Reed Shelter Hirundo staff
3 – 4 p.m. Guided paddle in 28 foot canoe Parker Reed Shelter Hirundo staff
On-going Scavenger Hunt Parker Reed Shelter Self-guided
On-going Environmental Bingo Parker Reed Shelter Self-guided
On-going Build the Bare Foot path – help collect materials Parker Reed Shelter HWR staff

 

Guided Afternoon Paddle - Sunday, August 24, 2 – 3:30 pm

Meet us at Gate 3. Call 207-394-2171 by August 23 to register and to reserve a boat, or bring your own canoe or kayak. Suggested donation $5 per adult, school-aged children are free.

Guided Afternoon Paddle - Sunday, August 31, 2 – 3:30 pm

Meet us at Gate 3. Call 207-394-2171 by August 23 to register and to reserve a boat, or bring your own canoe or kayak. Suggested donation $5 per adult, school-aged children are free.

Last Full-moon Supermoon Paddle at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge –                                   Sunday, September 7, 6 – 8 pm

Supermoon ?! Celebrate with us this last ‘Supermoon’ this summer. Peak at a very close moon rising above the wetlands and relax after a busy day of work on the quiet waters of Pushaw Stream. We meet at Gate 3. Bring a flashlight, water and a snack. Call 207-394-2171 to reserve your space and canoe by September 6, or bring your own. Suggested donation $5 per adult, school-aged children are free.

Image credit: Stefano Sciarpetti

Image of micro-moon (smallest full moon) superimposed on supermoon (largest full moon): Stefano Sciarpetti

Spiders  -  Sunday, September 14, 1 – 2:30 pm

Let Donne Sinderson introduce you to the fascinating world these leggy, misuderstood beings, the Spiders. Did you know that spider silk has different strength depending on the purpose it serves, or that spiders can change their colour from yellow to white with purple spots and back? Meet at the Parker Reed shelter, accessible by Gate 1, in Hirundo Wildlife Refuge. Call for reservation by September 13, 207-394-2171. Suggested donation $5 per adult, school-aged children are free.

Spider web with dew drops by luc.viatour

Spider web with dew drops by luc.viatour

 

“ Imagine a multidimensional spider’s web
in the early morning covered with dew drops.
And every dew drop contains the reflection
of all the other dew drops.”
— Alan Watts , Following The Middle Way

 

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).

                                   

2014 CALENDAR 

 

Day Date Time Program  Presenter Location
FRI 8.15.2014 7 pm Local Bats Katelin Craven  Gate 1
SUN 8.17.2014 10 am -4 pm Family Day Many  Gate 3
SUN 8.24.2014 2 pm Guided Afternoon Paddle Gudrun Keszöcze  Gate 3
SUN 8.31.2014 2 pm Guided Afternoon Paddle Greg Innes  Gate 3
SUN 9.7.2014 2 pm Grandparent’s Paddle Gudrun Keszöcze  Gate 3
SUN 9.7.2014 6 pm Last Supermoon Paddle Gudrun Keszöcze  Gate 3
SUN 9.14.2014 1 pm  Spiders – and their many guises Donne Sinderson  Gate 1
SUN 9.21.2014 2 pm Autumn Equinox Paddle Gudrun Keszöcze  Gate 3