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Upcoming Programs

Sunday June 18, 2017 – Father’s Day Paddle

6:30 – 8 pm

End Father’s Day with a special paddle along Pushaw Stream. Listen to the evening call of the birds and watch the local, nocturnal  wildlife as it begins it’s “day”. All canoeing gear provided. Bring water, a snack. We recommend to  bring hat & long-sleeved shirt. Suggested donation $5 per person. Meet at 35 Hudson Rd., Alton – Gate3

Registration requested, please call 207.394.2171 or email


Paddling the big canoes on the Penobscot

Saturday July 8, 2017(July 9 rain date)

Penobscot River Excursion

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in collaboration with the Penobscot RiverKeepers, the Penobscot Nation and the Boom House Restaurant in Old Town invite you for an exciting paddling experience and after-paddle-get-together.

Instead of paddling along Pushaw Stream, we are exploring new shores. Will you join us?

  •  No canoe experiences necessary
  •  Paddling equipment provided including 28’canoes
  •  Bring water & snacks & appropriate clothing
  •  Wear your “Best” Hat (your imagination is the limit) for a chance to win a great prize.
  •  After paddle get-together Boom House Restaurant (170 Main St. in Old Town). Great full moon viewing   and 10% discount on food (with free appetizers) & beverages
  • “Best” hat competition award, a gift card to the Boom House Restaurant

Date:   Saturday, July 8 (rain date Sunday July 9th)

Time:   2:30 pm – 7:30 pm (includes registration unloading/loading canoes)
actual water time 3+ hours

Focus: Island ecology

Location:  Greenbush Public Landing, Rt. 2 (8.8 miles north of Old Town) with two outhouses on location


Distance: around 3 miles up and downstream

Cost: • $20 non-members • $10 for members

          • $10 children under 12  • $10 BYOB – bring your own boat

       Register here for Penobscot Excursion

For more information contact us at 207.394.2171 or

     Seats are limited, register today!!


Summer Fun Day – Saturday, August 19 (rain date August  20), 2017 from 10 am – 3 pm

If you spent Winter Fun Day with us, you know what Hirundo has to offer.  This is your chance to see what the Refuge is like in the summer.

We will have team canoe races, war canoe races on Pushaw Stream, and Family Races on Lac d’ Or. You would like entertainment? Sign up for the canoe tug-o-war.

And then… there is the grand opening of the first segment of the Trail of the Senses, a Universal Access Trail, so everyone, no matter of ability, may have a nature experience at Hirundo.


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!