Paddle to the Pole

Posted Sept. 07, 2012, at 10:07 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 2 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, 35 Hudson Road, Alton, ME

For more information: Gudrun Keszöcze; 207-944-9259;

Become a polar explorer and join Paul Markson for a paddle across the 45th parallel in the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge. Along the way, you will learn about the great diversity of birds, forest and wetland plants, conservation efforts, and observe mammal behavior. Canoes, paddles and life jackets are available or bring your own boat. Call to register by Friday September 21 at (207) 944-9259. Suggested donations are $4 for adults, school-aged children are free.

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge is located on Hudson Rd (Rte. 43) Alton/Old Town. Directions from the South

Take the I-95 N and then the ME-43 exit 197 to Old Town/Hudson. Turn left onto Rt. 43 (Hudson Rd). Go west 5.5 miles, past Gate 1 (large red sign on your right (north side of Rt. 43), and take the last driveway on the right, before the bridge. Meet in the parking lot at Gate 3 (35 Hudson Rd, Alton).