March 24, 2018
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OLD TOWN/ALTON – The Hirundo Wildlife Refuge (HWR) has received a $2500 grant from the Penobscot County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to strengthen community ties among teaching institutions of Old Town and Orono. The grant supports community participation in an environmental survey project of freshwater mussels.

“This grant will allow us to support inquiry based science at the 5th grade level and permanently anchor the project in the 5th grade curriculum“ said Dr. Bucky Owen, member of the HWR Board of Trustees. The project will include teachers and students from Old Town Elementary School, Old Town High School, University of Maine, local biologists, parents, and public volunteers.

Refuge personnel will work with school officials to meet academic needs of the students, and with interested parents and community members to implement the program. A public meeting to present plan and recruit volunteers will be announced soon.

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge is a private, non-profit refuge that spans 2400 acres in Old Town, Alton and Hudson. It includes diverse upland and wetland habitats, offers seven miles of hiking trails, and the area’s only interpretive canoe trail. The Refuge holds monthly programs and is open daily from 9am to dusk. For more information about Hirundo, visit or call 207-944-9259.

The Maine Community Foundation (MCF) is a statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland. MCF partners with donors and nonprofits to strengthen Maine communities. For more information about MCF, visit or call 1-877-700-6800.