Category Archives: Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Programs

Frog Watch Field Trip *Sold Out*

Identify frogs by their calls and egg masses in the field.  Collaboration with Vernal Pools for ME with Kris Hoffman.  $5 suggested donation.

Date:  Saturday, May 19, 2018

Time:  5:00pm – 7:00pm

Location:  Hirundo, Gate 1, 1107 West Old Town Road, Old Town, Maine 04468

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Follow the Alewives …. join us .. seats are still available! Call 394.2171 to reserve one.

… by canoe on their way to their spawning ground – Pushaw Lake. We will stop at Pushaw Dam to watch Alewives find their way passed the dam and speak with Mitch Simpson, a biologist for the Department of Marine Resources’ Division of Sea-Run Fisheries and Habitat.  Canoes, paddles and life jackets are available.

Date:  Sunday, May 20, 2018

Time:  10:00am – 1:00pm

Location:  Hirundo Gate 3, 35 Hudson Road, Alton, Maine 04468

Tickets are $10 for adults ($8.00 for adult members).  $5 for children ($3 for child members).

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Full Moon Paddle

See beaver beginning their nightly work and be awed by the full moon beams on Pushaw Stream.

Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Location:  Hirundo, Gate 1, 1107 West Old Town Road, Old Town Maine 04468

Boats & gear incl. life jackets provided. No paddling experience necessary. Families welcome.  Bring a flashlight.

Fee: Tickets are $10 for adults ($8.00 for adult members).  $5 for children ($3 for child members).

 Follow the Alewives ….

… by canoe on their way to their spawning ground – Pushaw Lake. We will stop at Pushaw Dam to watch Alewives find their way passed the dam and speak with Mitch Simpson, a biologist for the Department of Marine Resources’ Division of Sea-Run Fisheries and Habitat. Canoes, paddles and life jackets are available.

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Hirundo Gate 3, 35 Hudson Road, Alton, Maine 04468

Tickets are $10 for adults ($8.00 for adult members). $5 for children ($3 for child members).

Trail Maintenance Volunteer Opportunity

Grab a friend or two and come help us keep the trails accessible for all!   Its a great service for your community!

Date:  Sunday, June 3, 2018

Time:  10:00am to 12:00pm

Location:  Hirundo, Gate 1, 1107 West Old Town Road, Old Town Maine 04468

 

 

Father’s Day Paddle

Celebrate Father’s Day by spending the afternoon exploring Pushaw Stream with a guide.   Dads paddle free when they bring three family members!    Canoes, Paddles, and Life Jackets provided.  No experience necessary.

Date:  Sunday, June 17, 2018

Time:  3pm to 5pm

Location:  Hirundo Gate 3, 35 Hudson Road, Alton, Maine 04468

Tickets:  $10 adults, $5 child (Members are $8 for adults, $3 for child).

Kayaking and Canoeing Artfully! Beginner/Advanced Kayak Skills
(Great chance to explore differences between canoes and kayaks!)

Anyone can make a boat move but in this afternoon paddle on serene Pushaw stream we’ll go over the skills necessary to make your boat (canoe or kayak) dance over the water whether its calm or windy. We’ll cover basic boat fit and basic strokes and then progress to some advanced techniques that will allow you to take in the scenery when you paddle instead of focusing on getting your boat to stay straight! We’ll cover efficient paddling forward and reverse and turning strokes and then focus on using your entire body to become one with your craft. We’ll explore the grace of bow and stern draws, sculling strokes and side slips to move sideways and edging to really have your kayak gliding gracefully through the water for a great summer of paddling for serenity, exercise or both!

Date:  Saturday, June 16, 2018

Time: ​ ​11-2pm
Fee: $40 with own gear/ $55 with gear provided/per person
Minimum: 6 participants
Maximum: 12 participants
Location: ​ ​Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Gate 3 at 35 Hudson Rd, Alton, ME 04468

Instructor: Master Maine Guide, Karen Francoeur, Castine Kayak Adventures
TO REGISTER: Contact Us at: 207-866-3506 or
castinekayak@gmail.com
To purchase tickets online, click here.

CANOE AND KAYAK RESCUES ON THE WATER!
(Great chance to explore differences between canoes and kayaks!) with Hirundo Wildlife ​Refuge

Know what to expect when the unexpected happens!

This clinic will cover what can cause a kayak or canoe to capsize and what to do to recover from a capsize! Plan to get wet in the warm waters of Pushaw Stream! We’ll be exploring T-rescues and other options for canoes and a variety of rescues for kayaks including self rescues with Paddle Floats and Rescue Stirrup and pump as well as partnership rescues so that you can be prepared when you go adventuring with your friends! Learn what rescue methods work best for you and you boat! You’ll leave this clinic knowing what to bring with you to insure a fun/safe time on the water. Prepare for the worst and enjoy the best!

​​Date:  Sunday, July 22, 2018

Time: ​ ​2pm-5pm
​​Fee: ​ ​$40 with own gear/ $55 with gear provided/per person
​Minimum: 6 participants ​
​Maximum: 12 participants ​
Location:​ ​ Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Gate 3 at 35 Hudson Rd, Alton, ME 04468

Instructor: Master Maine Guide, Karen Francoeur, Castine Kayak Adventures

TO REGISTER: Contact Us at: 207-866-3506 or castinekayak@gmail.com
To purchase tickets online, click here.

 

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).

 

Questions about an event?   Contact us at  web@hirundomaine.org or  207.394.2171!