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Upcoming Programs

Sunday Afternoon Guided Paddle-

Sunday October 15, 22, 2017  from 3-5 pm

End the weekend with a paddle on Pushaw Stream. Naturalist will provide information about local wildlife in and around Pushaw Stream and Hirundo. Life jackets, paddles and canoes provided. Dress for the weather.

Meet in parking area at HWR Gate 3 (35 Hudson Rd, Alton) Click here  Location Map

Registration requested, call 394.2171 by the Saturday prior to paddle date            $10 non-members, $8 members & children under 12.

 

 

Share-Crow built under the guidance of Sally Jones

Halloween at Hirundo – Sunday, October 29, 2017  3 – 5 pm

Program includes nature-based craft including building and raising a share crow with Sally Jones. Our popular Trunk & Treat in the Pine Tree Parking Area with the Montessori School delights both children and adults. We invite you to bring your decorated trunk and join the fun. Best Costume & best Trunk award. Program takes place at the Parker Reed shelter. Suggested donation $5 per carload.

Questions? Email inquiries to web@hirundomaine.org or call 207.394.2171

Click here for  Halloween-Party-Poster

 

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 The next full moon paddle

Saturday, November 4, 2017 paddle at 4:45 pm

Life jackets, paddles and canoes provided. Please bring flashlight and a snack. Dress for the weather.

Meet in parking area at HWR Gate 3 (35 Hudson Rd, Alton) Click here  Location Map

Registration requested, call 394.2171 by Friday, November 3, 2017                                                                        $10 non-members, $8 members & children under 12.

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).

 

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!