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Upcoming Programs & Calendar

Ground Hog Day Celebration – “Finding Penobscot Phyllis”,                                     Sunday Feb 1, 1- 4 pm

Penobscot Phyllis' stand in

Penobscot Phyllis’ stand in

Since we did not have much luck finding Phyllis, the worlds only female groundhog weather prognosticator, last year, we are looking again in 2015. Let us introduce you to the secret life of the groundhog, and go on a snowshoeing excursion to find her burrow & complete a scavenger hunt. During the award ceremony enjoy groundhog juice and groundhog droppings by the fire. Bring snowshoes, weather permitting or reserve them with us. Meet at Parker Reed shelter accessible through Gate 1 of Rt. 43.  Call to register by January 31, 207-394-2171. Suggested donation $5.

Winter Family Day Sunday, February 8,  10:30 am – 4 pm

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge’s  Winter Family Day offers a great line-up of programs and activities for all ages and abilities. As promised back in 2015, Hirundo’s 50 year anniversary:


We thank Machias Savings Bank for sponsoring the dog sledding adventure.

Let's go ...

Let’s go …

.. enjoy the ride!

.. enjoy the ride!

For schedule click here: Family Day Schedule       Family Day Poster    

Bucky Owen will introduce you to the amazing ways of how animals cope with the cold. Your skill of observation is put to the test when “Searching for Signs of Animals” during the guided trail walk. Hirundo’s Biathlon measures speed, as well as agility in a snowshoe race, and precision by throwing snowballs at a target. You could also try your hand a curling!

Snowshoe race. From Canadian Archives
Snowshoe race. From Canadian Archives

Tired? Take a break by the campfire; warm up with hot chocolate. Better yet, plan to spend the day. Pack a lunch and enjoy it next to the fireplace inside the Parker Reed shelter. We invite everyone to participate in the animal snow sculpture competition to gain local fame. If you prefer to be on your own, check out our Self-guided activities.  Suggested donation for dogsled rides range from $5-$20 depending on length of trail. Call to register (207) 394-2171


GREAT MAINE OUTDOOR WEEKEND – FEBRUARY 13-15                                Celebrate!

Enjoy a hike or sign up for our  ..       

… Cross-country Ski Clinic II –                                                                     Sunday, February 15, 2:30 – 4:30 pm      

Bring your success story, questions and concerns about your ski practice to this follow up cross-county ski clinic with Maine Master Guide and Ski instructor Karen Francoeur. All levels are welcome!   

Ski throughout the interpretive trails of the Refuge learn about nature while getting some healthy exercise! Improve upon your techniques and enjoy après–ski  next to the campfire. Trail information will be provided to prepare for a winter of fun and exploration! Learning to ski or improving your ski technique lets you enjoy the winter more! Meet at Gate 1, next to Rt. 43. Call to register by February 13, 207-394-2171

Discounts for members of Orono Land Trust,  Hirundo Wildlife Refuge and Penobscot Valley Ski Club . Not a member yet? Join as a member for benefits, visit        Non-members: $20 Donation.

Course Fees:
$20 Donation per person (Non-Member)
20% for Penobscot Valley Ski Club Members $17
50% Discount to Orono Land Trust and Hirundo Wildlife Refuge members $10 (purchase your membership for this benefit!)

Ski Rentals available at:                                                                                                                  Maine Bound at UMaine Phone: 207 581-1794 mainebound/outdoor-equipment-rentals                  Epic Sports, 6 Central St. Bangor, ME 04401  Phone: 207-941-5670 

Hands-on science – How many different skeletons are in an owl pellet? –                                           Sunday March 15, 1-3 pm

Come and find out! Learn about the dietary preferences of owls, their role in the ecosystem, and the animals they eat. We will be dissecting owl pellets and re-constructing (the best we can) the skeletons discovered. This is an ecology and anatomy lesson in one. Curiosity and some patience required! Call 207-394-2171 for registration by February 14. Cost: $5
Location: TBA

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).




Day Date Time Program  Presenter Location
SUN 2.1.2015 1:00 – 4:00 pm Ground Hog Day – Find Penobscot Phyllis Volunteers & staff Gate1 Parker Reed shelter
SUN 2.8.2015 10:30 am – 4 pm Winter Family Day S.Madera, B.Owen, volunteers Gate1 Parker Reed shelter
SUN 2.15.2014 2:30 – 4:30 pm Cross-Country Ski Clinic II Karen Francoeur Gate1 Parker Reed shelter
SUN 3.15.2015 1:00 – 4:00 pm What’s in an Owl Pellet? Thomas Williams, G.Keszöcze TBA