Category Archives: Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Programs & Calendar

Paddle half-way to the North Pole –                                                                           Sunday, August 3,  2 – 3:30 pm 

Join up with others to see what happens when you cross the 45th parallel at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge.  Along the way, observe birds, forest and wetland plants, mammals and gain insight on the local conservation efforts and learn why the 45th parallel is important. Canoes and equipment are available or bring your own. Please call 207-394-2171 to register by August 2.  Meet us at Gate 3. Suggested donations are $5 for adults, school-aged children are free.

Full-moon Supermoon Paddle at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge –                                   Friday, August 8, 6:30 – 8 pm

Supermoon ?! Celebrate with us this second of the three ‘Supermoons’ this summer. Peak at a very close moon rising above the wetlands and relax after a busy day of work on the quiet waters of Pushaw Stream. We meet at Gate 3. Bring a flashlight, water and a snack. Call 207-394-2171 to reserve a boat by August 7,  or bring your own. Suggested donation $5 per adult, school-aged children are free.

Image credit: Stefano Sciarpetti

Image of micro-moon (smallest full moon) superimposed on supermoon (largest full moon): Stefano Sciarpetti

Guided Afternoon Paddle - Sunday, August 10, 2 – 3:30 pm

Have you explored Pushaw Stream before? Why not bring the family for an afternoon paddle? We have the equipment, if you have the time. Meet us at Gate 3. Call 207-394-2171 by August 9 to register and to reserve a boat, or bring your own canoe or kayak. Suggested donation $5 per adult, school-aged children are free.

 Eavesdropping on local  bats –      

                       Friday August 15, 2014 7:00 – 8:30 pm

How do you listen to a bat? Bat sounds are generally at high frequencies undetectable to humans. Katelin Craven has a way to make bat sounds audible for humans to hear. Her presentation also includes bat ecology, Maine’s bat species, the challenges of white nose syndrome and her bat research in Colorado. Meet at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge’s  Parker Reed shelter. Bring flashlight. Suggested donation $5, children free. To register call, 394-2171 by August 14, 2014.

Katelin Craven untangling a bat

Katelin Craven untangling a bat

Katelin Craven grew up in Austin, TX where Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge inspired a fascination of bats as she observed the world’s largest urban bat colony. She took her desire to study the natural world to Colorado where she earned a master’s degree studying ecology and wildlife biology at the University of Northern Colorado. Her research focus was on the effects of forest management on bat species’ foraging patterns. Now living in Maine, Katelin is busy learning about our local wildlife, co-coordinating FrogWatch USA Lower Penobscot Chapter, and being on the Bangor Land Trust Program Committee.

Family Fun Day – Sunday, August 17, 10 am – 4 pm

  • Electro – fishing demonstration with Rory Saunders and Steve Coghlan
  • Helicopter drone demonstration with Sam Hess
  • Silkscreen your own T-shirt with local artist Kris Sader
  • Catching and Identifying aquatic macro invertebrates
  • Pack a lunch and plan to spend the day. Hirundo Wildlife Refuge will have desserts and drinks at hand.

Guided Afternoon Paddle - Sunday, August 24, 2 – 3:30 pm

Meet us at Gate 3. Call 207-394-2171 by August 23 to register and to reserve a boat, or bring your own canoe or kayak. Suggested donation $5 per adult, school-aged children are free.

Guided Afternoon Paddle - Sunday, August 31, 2 – 3:30 pm

Meet us at Gate 3. Call 207-394-2171 by August 23 to register and to reserve a boat, or bring your own canoe or kayak. Suggested donation $5 per adult, school-aged children are free.

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 signs 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).

                                   

2014 CALENDAR 

 

Day Date Time Program  Presenter Location
SUN 8.3.2014 2 pm Guided Afternoon Paddle Gudrun Keszöcze  Gate 3
SAT 8.8.2014 6:30 pm Full moon Supermoon Paddle Hirundo Staff Gate 3
SUN 8.10.2014 2 pm Guided Afternoon Paddle Greg Innes  Gate 3
SUN 8.15.2014 7 pm Local Bats Katlin Craven  Gate 1
SUN 8.17.2014 10 am -4 pm Family Day Many  Gate 3
SUN 8.24.2014 2 pm Guided Afternoon Paddle Greg Innes  Gate 3
SUN 8.31.2014 2 pm Guided Afternoon Paddle Greg Innes  Gate 3