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Family Day at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

Posted Aug. 04, 2014, at 10:32 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Gate 1 Hudson Road (Rt.43), Old Town, Maine

For more information: 207-394-2171; hirundomaine.org

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge hosts its annual summer Family Day on Sunday, August 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is open to the public and will be held at the Parker Reed shelter accessible through Gate 1, at the Refuge.

Bring your family, pack a lunch and plan to spend the day exploring nature, art and old technology. Family Day kicks off at 10 a.m. with hands-on silk screening workshop led by local artist Kris Sader. Buy a t-shirt, choose one of her two bird designs and make your beautiful wearable art! All other supplies will be on hand. Silk screening is lots of fun and something you can do at home.

During the activities and demonstration that follow, visitors will learn about the fish species in Pushaw Stream and collection methods, including electrofishing with fish experts Rory Saunders and Steve Coghlan. Meet the local aquatic insects with Greg Innes, enjoy guided walks, test your skill in the obstacle canoe race (canoes & gear provided), and experience paddling a 28-foot war canoe.

Family Day is held bi-annually in August and January/February. It encourages families to explore nature and learn about the local animals and plants in any season. Volunteer presenters, local business support and Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, a non-profit organization, make Family Day possible. Suggested donation $5 dollars for adults, school-aged children are free.

Directions to Hirundo Wildlife Refuge from the south: Take the I-95 N. Take the ME-43 exit 197 to Old Town/Hudson. Go 0.3 mi to the end of the off ramp. At the stop sign, turn left onto Rt. 43 (Hudson Rd). Go west 5.2 mi and look for the large red signs on your right (north side of Rt. 43). Enter at Gate 1, follow gravel road 0.5 mile to the Pine Tree Parking area and follow the signs.

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