Category Archives: Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Programs & Calendar

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.

See us at the Orono Festival Day –                                                                                        September 6 from 9 am – 4 pm

Check out the scheduled activities –>  Orono Festival Day

Sunday, September 7 - Canoeing x 2!

Grandparents Day Paddle at 2 pm

Celebrate Grand parenthood, share your hidden paddling talent with your grandchildren or learn a new skill together. Pushaw Stream has quiet, flat water easy to paddle with a stunning scenery. Watch the Osprey and Kingfisher dive for fish and the muskrat move smoothly through the water. It will be a GRAND afternoon. Please call 394-2171 for reservations by September 6 or BYOB. Suggested donations for adults $5, school-aged children free. Meet at Gate 3

Last Full-moon Supermoon Paddle from  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.

Local Supermoon, 2014

Local Supermoon, 2014

Image credit: Stefano Sciarpetti

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

 

Natural Dyeing Workshop – Saturday, September 13, 9 am – 3 pm

Join Kim Robichaud, recent Maine Master Naturalist graduate, to learn how to extract colours  from local plant materials. The program will include a nature walk, lunch (BYO), and wild harvesting of a small amount of dye materials.

“I have three favorite processes that I am using in my work right now. I would like to share all three with you:         1) Plant Pounding 2) Steam extraction 3) Hot water immersion bath

While you are welcome to bring dyeables from home (natural fibers only, synthetics don’t bind with the dye), you should know, that everything but silk needs to be pre-mordanted in alum and washing soda. I will purchase yardage ahead of time and do this process at the cost of $5 per yard. I encourage you to bring fresh or frozen flowers for experimentation such as goldenrod, black-eyed susans, tansy, etc.. The more choices we have for experimentation the better.

Limited group size – registration and cancellation requested by September 10, 2014, call 394-2171. Fee: $10                                                                                                                                           Meet at the Parker Reed shelter in Hirundo Wildlife Refuge (Gate 1).

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

Let Donne Sinderson, a Maine Master Naturalist graduate,  introduce you to the fascinating world of the leggy, misunderstood beings, the Spiders. Did you know that spider silk has different strength depending on the purpose it serves, or that a spider can change its 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

 

Autumn Equinox Paddle – Sunday, September 21 at 2 pm

Autumn equinox officially occurs on September 23 but we will be slightly ahead of schedule. Enjoy brilliant reds and yellows dotting the shore line. Bring a friend and binoculars.

We meet at Gate 3 (35 Hudson Road in Alton. Call 207-394-2171 by September 20 to register and to reserve a boat, or bring your own canoe or kayak. Suggested donation $5 per adult, school-aged children are free.

 

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend September 26 – 28, 2014

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge joins the celebration of the Great Maine Outdoors Weekend by offering three  programs.

Saturday, September 27, 9 am – 2:30 pm - Paddle and Walk

This program combines paddling canoes along the quiet waters of Pushaw Stream and a hike along the history- rich Wabanaki Trail. Feel free to join Greg Innes for the entire time or for each individual segment. The canoeing trip begins at 9 am at Gate 3 and returns at 12 pm. At this time you can join the group for the short paddle to the landing side near the Wabanaki trail head. We will break for lunch (bring you own) at the Parker Reed shelter. You may join the group at the shelter. The Trail Walk will begin at 1 pm and lasts for 1 hour. Thereafter we will paddle back to Gate 3.                                                                                                                                                           Call 394-2171 for registration and canoe reservation by September 26. You may bring your own boat. Suggested donation $5 for adults. Children are free.

Sunday, September 28, 1 – 2 pm Turtles of Maine

Turtles on a stick by J. Adamson

Turtles on a stick by J. Adamson

Jean Adamson, turtle rehabilitator, will share her knowledge and admiration   for these shy and often elusive reptiles. She will discuss the species of turtles in Maine, turtle biology, dangers facing turtles, and conservation efforts. Jean has a degree in natural resources with a major in natural history and was a founding member of Turtle Homes, a turtle conservation effort. Meet at the Parker Reed shelter in Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Gate 1.

Call 394-2171 for registration and canoe reservation by September 27. Suggested donation $5 for adults. Children are free.

 

Sunday, September 28, 2:30 pm – Guided Paddle “Searching for turtles”

Do you want to see a turtle in the wild. Join us after Jean’s presentation for a paddle along Pushaw Stream. Depending on group size we might travel in 28 foot canoes.

Call 394-2171 for registration and canoe reservation by September 27. You may bring your own boat. Suggested donation $5 for adults. Children are free.

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
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
SAT 9.13.2014 9 am -3 pm Natural Dyeing Kim Robichaud  Gate 1
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
SAT 9.27.2014 9 am – 2:30 pm Great Outdoor Weekend: Paddle & Walk Greg Innes  Gate 3
SUN 9.28.2014 1 pm Turtles of Maine Jean Adamson  Gate 1
SUN 9.28.2014 2:30 pm Guided Afternoon Paddle – Searching for turtles Gudrun Keszöcze  Gate 3
THU 10.2.2014 7-8 pm Maine’s Moose – an Update Lee Kantar, MDIFW  Old Town Museum, Old Town
SAT 10.4.2014 1-5 pm Fungi identification & foray Seanna Annis, UMaine  Gate 1