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Winter Fun Day 

Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 10 am – 2:30 pm

.. and enjoy the ride!

.. and enjoy the ride!

Winter Fun Day 2016 was a howling success, with Ski races, Snow shoe Biathlon, Winter Ecology Walk, Snow Sculpture Contest and of course Dog Sledding!! Over 100 people enjoyed the day at the Refuge. We invite you to do the same.This year’s activities include curling on Lac d’ Or, or so we hope. Bring your friends to the competitions and carry away a door prize, a medal and great memories. Spend the day, treat yourself to a homemade lunch of soup/chili with corn muffins, desert and a drink for $5. See you soon!

Cost: $5 per person or $10 per carload. Members free

Call 207-394-2171 for more information.

A big thank you to the  Machias Savings Bank of Brewer for sponsoring the dog sledding event. This is the third year that Machias Savings Bank has supported the community.

We also would like to thank Varney Insurance, Governors, Hannaford, Rose Bicycle, Griffin & Jordan, LCC for their support.

Winter Fun Day Schedule

Winter Fun Day Poster

Winter Fun Day Full Poster

Yoga strengthens body and mind

Snowshoes & Poetry: Hirundo Adventure                                           Saturday, January 28, 11am – 4pm

Join Maine Yoga Adventures for a wintertime adventure at Hirundo Wildlife Sanctuary. We’ll snowshoe, practice yoga, eat yummy food, and write our hearts out with local author and artist Cheryl Daigle. The adventure will begin with a guided snowshoe, taking in all of the wondrous nature that the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge has to offer. Learn wildlife secrets for survival in wintertime habitats. Along our walk, we’ll practice some gentle yoga in our snowshoes. Absolute beginners welcome. Warm up inside the Hirundo shelter with hot drinks and vegetarian soup. Cheryl Daigle will then lead us in a poetry workshop: leaning into hope & action through the spoken word. This workshop will acknowledge the new political climate within which we find ourselves and will provide a space to reflect on what inspires us to action. Again, beginners are welcome. Come & raise your voice!
 Saturday, January 28, 11am – 4pm                                                                                                                                                                        Cost: $75. Please register online at or call 299-0082.


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!