ALTON, Maine – Come one, come all to Hirundo Wildlife Refuge! This summer Hirundo offers free guided canoe tours and trail walks that will explore the natural history of the plants and animals that inhabit the streams and forests of this region. Hirundo Wildlife Refuge is a 2,400 acre nature preserve, located eight miles northwest of Old Town on Route 43. The Refuge spans Pushaw and Dead Streams, and encompasses vast wetlands, including domed bog and maple and juniper swamps, and mixed hardwood and evergreen forests and a forest pond. Our naturalist Gudrun Kesz√∂cze will lead the tours. Visit our developing website at www.hirundomaine.org for a trail map and directions to the Refuge.
The canoe tours will offer basic canoe instruction, and explore the plants and wildlife found in Pushaw Stream. Come enjoy this unique ecosystem and learn about the great diversity of bird, aquatic plant communities and conservation issues and efforts and observe mammal behavior in the tranquil beauty of the Refuge. Canoes, paddles and life jackets are provided. Meet at the parking lot at Gate 3. Reservation requested.
Guided canoe tours are scheduled to begin Sunday, July 10.
They will take place on Saturdays at 9:00 AM, Sundays at 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM. On July 17 there will be a Canoe & Rescue Skills Clinic, 12:30 – 3 PM and only one guided tour at 9:00 AM.
Additional times may be reserved upon request. To make your reservation with us please call Gudrun Kesz√∂cze at 944-9259, or Fred Bryant at 827-2230.
Also beginning in July, the Refuge will offer guided trail walks on Wednesday at 6 p.m., Friday at 9 a.m., and Saturday at 1 p.m.. Other times for group tours are available on request. Our naturalist will lead you along some of Hirundos many wooded and stream-side trails, and share her knowledge of many topics including vernal pools, stream ecology, forest succession, nesting birds, and our native snakes (all non-poisonous!). The event is free and open to all ages. We accept donations, thank you.
Look for the sign along Rt. 43 directing you where to enter the Refuge for a walking tour.
Take Gate 1 and follow the dirt road ~ 1/2 mile to the Pine Tree parking lot. The Parker Reed Shelter, our meeting place, is a little further on the left.
So, come join us for a guided tour, or visit the refuge and explore the trails on your own, 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to sunset. We look forward to seeing you this summer!
Contact Name: Gudrun Kesz√∂cze
Telephone Number: (207)944-9259