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Upcoming Programs & Calendar

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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 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

Explore Local Environments Series, Part II – Saturday June 13, 2015 at 7:30 am
Sunkhaze Stream Paddle with Danielle D’Auria

Meet Danielle at Milford on the Run Gas station at 12 Main St Milford. This trip is limited to 10 boats, please bring your own. Reservation requested by Friday June 12, please call  745-0676. Suggested donation $5.

Danielle is a wildlife biologist who works in the Bird Group of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. She focuses on understanding statewide populations of colonial wading birds, secretive marsh birds, black terns, loons, and other rare water birds. Since 2009, she has spent a majority of her time researching why great blue herons have undergone a decline along Maine’s coast.

Exploring Local Environments Series, Part III – Satuday June 20, 2015 – 8 am
Fields Pond Paddle with Holly Twining

Compare Fields Pond with the other two locations you have paddled. Meet at Fields Pond Audubon Center 216 Fields Pond Rd, Holden. Please call to reserve your space at (207) 989-2591. Suggested donation $5

CANCELLED –  Father’s Day Paddle – Sunday June 21, 2015 – 1 pm   

A great way to spend Sunday afternoon honoring the father in your life. Bucky Owen, Wildlife Ecologist will guide the group on this outing. Reservation requested, please call 394-2171 by Saturday, June 20. You may choose to use a Hirundo canoe or bring your own. Meet at Gate 3 (35 Hudson Road, Alton). Suggested donation $5.

 

      SPECIAL PROGRAM

Pushaw to Penobscot – A Paddle through Time                      Canoe Trip with cultural and ecological focus                             Saturday July 18, 2015 from 9:00 am – 3 pm                              Rain date July 19, 2015

Join Bucky Owen, John Bear Mitchell and the Penobscot RiverKeepers to form a flotilla of six 28- foot canoes to journey from Hirundo Wildlife Refuge to Indian Island in Old Town. During our  4-5 stops along the way the canoes will raft together for talks about: archaeology, past climates, Penobscot use of the area, Hirundo’s 50th anniversary, Penobscot River Restoration, fish migration, and much more … Bring picnic lunch; drinks will be provided.

Registration required call 394-2171 or send email to: web@hirundomaine.org.                                                   Cost: $10 members $15 non-members

We thank our sponsors for their support: 
Varney                                                                                                                           Varney I Insurance & Bonding, Old Town

 

F.L. Putnam Invest Management Company, Portland

Mike & B.J. Maybury 

Penobscot Nation

Penobscot River, New England's second largest river, near Old Town.

Penobscot River, New England’s second largest river, near Old Town.

28'- foot canoe traveling toward Old Town on the Penobscot.

28′- foot canoe traveling toward Old Town on the Penobscot.

Paddling toward Indian Island

Paddling toward Indian Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep the date –                                                                                              Summer Family Day – Sunday August 16, 2015  

Join us for Hirundo’s first BIO BLITZ –                                                                                                      ” an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct an intensive field study over a continuous time period”

We survey Pushaw Stream on several places, Lac d’Or some not so ‘vernal pools’ for fish and macro invertebrate species. Help us find out what lives and crawls in those places. We will be using kick nets, dip nets, and bait traps.

Guided walks, canoe trips and much more .. come and find out!
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Enjoy T-shirt silk-screening with local artist Kris Sader. Buy a T-shirt or bring your own $10 per shirt. Guide walks, canoe trips, info on how to become a volunteer and lots more. Bring a lunch and spend the day.

 

 

 

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 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).