Category Archives: Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Programs & Calendar

           2015 CALENDAR 

       Upcoming Programs April – June

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).

Although winter is officially coming to an end, take a look at Aislinn Sarnaki’s                                                           Tips on how to enjoy the outdoors in winter:

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 Program Descriptions

 Beyond the Backyard I – Saturday, April 18,  9 am – 12 pm

Join Paul Markson in this two-part workshop.

Have you ever wondered how to identify a bird you have just seen? Do birding field guides confuse rather than inform you? Are you curious about the fascinating world of birding but are unsure where to begin? Would you just like to know the difference in the terms “bird watcher” and “birder”?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, please join us on April 18 and 25 from 9:00 am – 12 pm. Local bird guide and Hirundo volunteer Paul Markson will call on his 30+ years of bird watching experience to explain these and other subjects. Topics will include local bird habitats, how to easily identify a bird, demystifying field guides, understanding binoculars, birdings “dos-and-don’ts” and etiquette, and many other bird-related subjects.
Learning the details about bird identification and practicing your newfound skill will be the focus of session two. The class is split in two sessions over two consecutive Saturday mornings. To get the most out of this informative course, please plan to attend BOTH sessions.

While this class is geared towards beginning birders, anyone attending will likely learn something new or helpful. After this course, you will be ready to travel confidently into the field, and go beyond the backyard.
Registration requested by April 16, 2015; please call Hirundo at 207-394-2171. In case of program cancellation, please check web@hirundomaine.org, Hirundo’s Facebook page or call. Age recommendation is 12 years and above. Suggested donation is $5 for adults, school-aged children are free. Meet at the Parker Reed shelter.

Woodcock Walk – Wednesday, April 22 (tentative) at 7:30 pm  

Follow the peent of the Woodcock, the “little lover of the swamps or bogs”. We hope that the weather will cooperate. It is possible we have to re-schedule this program. Please be sure to call or check back for an update.

You know spring arrived when you hear the peent of the woodcock. Wait; there is more than just the nasal sound! Join Daniel McAuley, Research Wildlife Biologist to follow the peent, see the woodcock and watch his dazzling aerial courtship display.Bring a flashlight & binoculars, dress for the weather, rubber boats or waterproof shoes recommended. Please call to register, 394-2171 by April 21. Suggested donation $5, school-aged children free.

Dan McAuley is the Research Wildlife Biologist and Station Leader at the US Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center field station in Orono. He has been conducting research on the American Woodcock for 30 years.  His current research includes studies on adaptive habitat management and habitat use of the American woodcock in the Northeast and survival of American woodcock during fall migration using radio telemetry.

Beyond the Backyard II – Saturday, April 25,  9 am – 12 pm

This is part II of Paul Markson’s birding for beginners program.

Annual Spring Spruce-Up Trail Day – Saturday, April 25, 10 am – 3 pm

Bring a friend, lunch, clippers, pruners and/or lopping shears if you have them, and dress for the weather. Enjoy the day at Hirundo with other outdoor enthusiasts and get exercise! We meet at 10 am at the Parker Reed Shelter in the Refuge. Please call to register 394-2171, and thank you!

 SPECIAL PROGRAM

“WOW Plants for Maine Gardens” – Wednesday, April 29, 7 pm 

Guest speaker: Lisa Coburn, author of The Maine Garden Journal

If you’ve been gardening for a number of years, you’ve probably tried all the standard, run-of-the-mill plants found in your neighbors’ yards. Avid gardeners want a few plants in their landscape that get special attention. We want something that stops people dead in their tracks and elicits “WOW! What’s that?!” Lisa focuses on almost 80 must-have trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals as well as thugs you really must avoid. www.MaineGardenJournal.com

HIRUNDO WILDLIFE REFUGE in collaboration with the OLD TOWN MUSEUM & UNIVERSITY OF MAINE EXTENSION SERVICE cordially invites you to …

.. be at the “GARDEN PARTY” and Silent Auction at the Old Town Museum at 353 Main Street in Old Town.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.

– Enjoy refreshments
– Find the perfect gift in our silent auction
– Learn about native plants & how you can support native pollinators throughout the season.

Reservation requested, please call Hirundo Wildlife Refuge 394-2171, by April 27.

 Introduction to Kayaking (4 session series) -5/5, 5/12, 5/14, 5/19,                                                          Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:00-7:00 pm

Support the Refuge by signing up through Hirundo Wildlife Refuge.  Castine Kayak Adventures will donate 15% of course fee to Refuge! 

This course will allow you to Paddle Smart from the Start and get geared up for a summer of kayaking exercise and adventures and discover some great paddling locations! In this course we’ll cover kayaking basics, from proper boat fit and entry, paddle size and proper use, what boat is right for you, essential equipment to paddle safely, where to paddle with basic map reading skills, efficient stroke technique and capsize and re-entry practice in the pool. Upon completion you will be prepared to paddle safely and efficiently on ponds, lakes and slow moving rivers.

5/5, 5/12, 5/14, 5/19, Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:00-7:00 pm
Locations:
1. Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Pushaw Stream
2. Husson University Pool Session
3. Stillwater River, Orono
4. Pushaw Lake, Orono

Course Fee:
$150 pp (with own gear)
$185 pp (with gear provided)

 

MOTHER’S ON THE WATER – Sunday May 10, 11 am – 2:30 pm

Do you want to make this Mother’s Day special? Give the Mother in your life a special treat! This is an all adult women paddling trip in Hirundo Wildlife Refuge. You may sign up to use our boats or bring your own.        We had a great time last year!

Meet at Gate 3. Bring water, lunch, sunscreen at hat and good cheer.

Suggested donation $5-10. Registration requested by May 9, call 394-2171.

 

Spring Photography Workshop with place-based photographer Roger Merchant

“Grab your camera and join us for a morning workshop with place-based photographer Roger Merchant. This introductory workshop will focus on wildflowers and trees in Hirundo’s forested riparian zones. The basics of good composition will be emphasized, with special focus on applying depth of field to close-ups like wildflowers. Bring your camera with a well-charged battery and some memory cards. A tripod would be very handy for wildflower subjects. Preregistration is requested so that we can best plan this 4 hour workshop.”

Date: Saturday May 16, 2015

Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Location: HWR Parker Reed shelter

Preregistration requested by May 8, call 394-2171

Cost: Suggested donation $20-$25

Limit: 10 participants

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).