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Hirundo Naturalist Leads Canoe and Walking Tours

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ALTON – Hirundo Wildlife Refuge is offering free guided canoe tours and trail walks that will explore the natural history of the streams and forests of this region. Hirundo Wildlife Refuge is a 2,402 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 Kate Croswell, who is a third year Wildlife Ecology major at the University of Maine, 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 observe the great diversity of bird life and mammal behavior, and learn about aquatic plant communities and conservation issues in the tranquil beauty of the Refuge. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets are provided. Meet at parking lot  Gate 3.

Guided canoe tours are scheduled to begin from 9am to 6pm on Saturday, July 3rd, and will take place on Saturdays at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM, and on Sundays (starting on July 18th) at 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Additional times may be reserved upon request. To make your reservation with us please call Kate Croswell at (207) 692-7421, or Fred Bryant at (207) 827-2230.

Also beginning in July, the Refuge will offer guided trail walks on Wednesday at 6 PM, Friday at 9 AM and Saturday at 1 PM. Other times for group tours are available on request. Our naturalist will lead you along some of Hirundo’s 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!). Look for the sign along Rt. 43 directing you where to enter the Refuge for a walking tour.

So, come join us for a guided tour, or visit the refuge and explore the trails on your own, 7 days a week, from 9AM to sunset. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

For More Information:

Contact Name: Kate Croswell

Telephone Number: (207)692-7421

Website: http://www.hirundomaine.org