Category Archives: Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Programs & Calendar

           2015 CALENDAR 

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

  Hands-on science:                                                                                                                Micro-organisms & Aquatic Insects –  August 5 & August 12, 2015                                                        

We will collect pond water samples and try to identify the organisms in it. To see some of them, we will need to use a microscope. Also, learn about water quality and the conditions these animals can thrive in. We will collect scientific data on water temperature, water transparency, pH, and dissolved oxygen.
Instructors: Amy Baron and Deanna Fahey                                                                                     Cost: $5 per child.                                                                                                                               Call to register 394-2171 by August 4, 2015.

Part 1: Micro-organisms and water quality – Wednesday, August 5
Part 2: Aquatic insects as bio-indicators – Wednesday, August 12

Age/grade levels and time:
Ages 8-11 or grades 3-5 at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ages 12 and up or grades 6 and up at 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 Sunday afternoon paddle – August 2, 2015 at 1 pm

Explore the waters of Pushaw and Dead Streams during this afternoon paddle. Canoes and equipment provided or bring you own. Reservation and cancellation requested by August 1, call (207) 394-2171. Suggested donations are $5 for adults, school-aged children are free. Hirundo Wildlife Refuge is located on Hudson Rd (Rte. 43) Alton/Old Town.

  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. Dr. Stephen M. Coghlan from the University of Maine will show how to use electro-fishing method. Donne Sinderson will be introduce everyone to the fascinating world of spiders!

Paddle a 28-foot canoe 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. 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).