Family Day at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

Posted July 31, 2012, at 6:19 p.m.
Last modified July 31, 2012, at 7:19 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 10 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, 15 Hudson Road - Gate 1 , Alton , Maine

For more information: Gudrun Keszöcze; 2078272230;

Alton/Old Town – A day of wonder and fun awaits visitors attending Family Day at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, August 19, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Guests are invited to explore the Refuge on land and water by joining volunteers for guided trail walks and canoe tours in 28-foot war canoes.

There will be a hands on electrofishing demonstration by Rory Saunders, fishery biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service and Steve Coghlan, Assistant Professor of Freshwater Fisheries Ecology at the University of Maine’s Wildlife Ecology Department.

Canoeists, young and old, are called to show their skill at the Lac D’or Obstacle Canoe Race. Canoes are available at the Refuge and early registration is encouraged.

Local artist Lola Bullion and horticulturist Lois Berg Stack draw their inspiration from nature. They will initiate you to the art of squiggle drawing and clay modeling or assist you in creating your personalized piece of paper from recycled materials. Do watch Jerry Lapointe weaving strips of wood into pack baskets and creels in his skillful demonstration.

Throughout the day we offer environmental games for children and adults, who are young at heart. Pack a picnic and plan to spend the day.

Suggested donation $4 dollars for adults, school-aged children are free.

Directions to Hirundo Wildlife Refuge


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.