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Upcoming Programs & Calendar

           2016 CALENDAR                Fall-programs-2016

“How to eat mushrooms safely” – Mushroom Identification and Foray

with Seanna Annis, State Mycologist, Saturday, October 15 10 am – 2 pm at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge. Take the first steps towards a safe meal from the forest by learning how to identify mushrooms properly. During this workshop Seanna Annis, will introduce key elements of mushroom identification, take you on a foray and help you identify the collected specimens.

Fungi are also used in dyeing of fabric, wool and paper. Be prepared to explore colour with us.

We will be using the key: Mushrooms of Northeast North America by George Barron. If you are a beginner, you might consider borrowing a field guide so you can experiment with which field guide  suits you best.

  • What to bring:
  • – Basket or a sturdy box/bucket to place mushrooms
  • – Wax paper bags or small brown paper bags
  • – Foldaway knife
  • – Notebook
  • – Lunch & water

Please register by October 14, 2016 – call 207-394-2171 or email us at  We meet at the Parker Reed shelter, accessible through Gate 1. Suggested donation $15.

Directions from the south:  Take the I-95 N. Take the ME-43 exit 197 to Old Town/Hudson. Go 0.3 mi to the end of the off ramp. At the stop sign, turn left onto Rt. 43 (Hudson Rd). Go west 4.75 mi and look for the large red signs on your right (north side of Rt. 43) at the entrance of Gate 1. Take Gate 1 and follow the dirt road for ~1/2 mile to the Pine Tree parking area. Follow the sign to the Parker Reed shelter. Street address for Gate 1 – 1107 West Old Town Road Old Town, ME 04468

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).

 Program Descriptions

CANCELLED!! Summer Family Day – All About Fish!

Saturday, August 13, 2016 – 10:00 am until 3:00 pm

The theme is All About Fish so bring your fishing licenses and poles for a day of fishing fun or just enjoy the other fun activities planned for the day!


August 21, 2016 3-5 pm – Sunday Afternoon Family Paddle

Bring your children or yourself for a paddle on the flat waters of Pushaw Stream. We provide the equipment. Canoeing instruction provided if needed. Meet at Gate 3 (35 Hudson Rd. Alton, 04468). Reservation requested, call 207-394-2171.


Children programs for groups and families       SummerProgramBrochure_2016

The programs for camp groups are on Mondays and for Families on Wednesdays

Program Monday Wednesday
Halfway to the North Pole! June 27 June 29
Netting the Big Ones! July 11 July 13
Fairies, Trolls and Goblins! July 18 July 20
Unearthing the Past! July 25 July 27
Treasure Hunters! Aug. 1 Aug. 3
Dirty Secrets! Aug. 8 Aug. 10
Nature Boat Derby! Aug.15 Aug. 17
Danger on the Way! Aug. 22 Aug. 24
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!