Friends of Missisquoi Calendar

Art on the Refuge @ Missisquoi Refuge Visitor Center
May 20 – Jul 21 all-day



The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate the 24th anniversary of International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 20, 2017.  The 2017 IMBD theme is “Helping Birds Along the Way.”  The theme highlights the importance of stopover sites such as parks, refuges, and other locations where birds pause to feed and rest en route to breeding and wintering areas.  The Friends of Missisquoi will be hosting the annual art show, which kicks off during the Open House.

Medium:   any two dimensional medium– oil, acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink, pastels, photographs or fabric-related and able to hang.


  • Paintings/drawings/etc.: Subjects may be birds* or anything related to what might be found in a landscape that helps birds in their migration, breeding, etc. such as at the Refuge– lake, river, marsh, forest, wildlife, insects, wildflowers/plants, fields, etc., and interpretations of any of these.
  • Photographs: preference for photos taken on Refuge, but may be from other sites that are local breeding, wintering, or stopover areas for birds* found in the Refuge.

Artwork can also be viewed and purchased during normal refuge office hours through July 21st, 2017, Monday to Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.


Artists who wish to enter works in the exhibit can Download a 2017 Art Exhibit Registration Form

Click here to download the Refuge Birds pamphlet, or here for a printable list of birds commonly found on the Refuge.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Carol Yarnell: 802-324-6939; or

Kids Fishing Clinic @ Louies Landing
Jun 3 @ 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The annual Kids Fishing Clinic will take place along the Macs Bend Road from Louie’s Landing parking lot down to the Macs Bend boat launch site, a distance of about 1 mile.  Fishing will occur along the banks of the Missisquoi River.  Numerous educational and informational venues will be operating near the Macs Bend Building while the fishing is on-going.  These include fly casting, fly tying, spincasting, watershed models and demonstrations, a fish ID aquarium, lure making, and an aquatic invasive species display.  Children are encouraged to participate in these activities at some time while they are fishing.  A light lunch will be served, and a limited number of random drawing prizes will be given away at the end of the event.

Please call 802-868-4781 to register for this popular annual event.

Birding at Eagle Point @ Eagle Point Unit, Derby VT
Jun 10 @ 8:00 AM
Join the Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Inc. along with the Memphremagog Watershed Association for a morning of birding and exploration at the Eagle Point Unit.

Eagle Point, a 420 acre tract of property on the shore of Lake Memphramegog near the town of Newport, became part of the Missisquoi NWR in 2010. The Eagle Point property consists of a mix of upland and wetland habitats including northern hardwood forest, hemlock seepage forest, managed grassland, and a diverse wetland complex formed around Hall’s Creek.
Note: there are no facilities on the property.
This walk will be led by Ken Copenhaver and Julie Filiberti.
• From East Main Street in Newport (VT5) turn left on Sias Avenue (heading north) – .6miles
• Sias Avenue turns into Darling Hill Road – 1.6mi
• Continue straight on North Derby Road – 2.1mi
• At the end, make a left onto Eagle Point Farm Road (T-17) and follow to Eagle Point WMA – 1.4 mi
Directors Meeting @ Refuge Visitor Center
Jul 12 @ 6:30 PM

Bi-Monthly board meeting of the Friends’ Board of Directors.

Members are always welcome to attend.  Find out what the board is doing and bring your ideas!


Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program @ Franklin County Sportsman’s Club
Aug 19 @ 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program is being offered to young hunters who want to learn more about the sport of waterfowl hunting and experience a high quality waterfowl hunt.  The program is offered to youngsters 12 to 17 years of age who have an adult waterfowl hunter to serve as a mentor.

The Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program is a joint educational effort of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, the Vermont Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, the Sportsman’s Club of Franklin County and volunteers to teach young hunters about waterfowl hunting.  The program instructs beginning hunters in the knowledge and skills necessary to become responsible, respected individuals who strive to learn all they can about the species being hunted and to become knowledgeable in firearms safety, hunter ethics and wildlife conservation.

Mentors and youths who would like to participate in this year’s program must pre-register with the Refuge by Friday, August 18. Participation in the program will be limited to 40 enrollees.

All mentors and young hunters must attend the one-day training session on Saturday, August 19, with instruction beginning at 8:00 AM at the Franklin County Sportsman’s Club on Route 36 (Maquam Shore Road) in St. Albans.  The training session will be held rain or shine, so participants should dress appropriately.  All youth participants are asked to bring the shotgun they intend to use for hunting to the training for a patterning session.

Junior Hunters and their mentors, once they complete the training, are awarded exclusive use of several premier hunting areas at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge for the first four weekends of the waterfowl hunting season, however, only the Junior Hunter may shoot.  Blind sites and hunting dates for the Jr. Hunters are determined by a lottery conducted at the annual training session.

To register for this year’s program, call refuge headquarters at 802-868-4781.  Please include the mentor’s name and youth’s name and age, address and telephone number.

Waterfowl hunters of all ages are welcome to attend the training on Saturday, August 19.  It is a great opportunity to improve waterfowl identification and other waterfowl hunting skills for the coming season.  Children under the age of 12 are welcome to come for the day to learn about the program but will not be allowed to participate in the refuge hunt until they are 12 years old.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact David Frisque, Park Ranger, at 802-868-4781.

Directors Meeting @ Refuge Visitor Center
Sep 13 @ 6:30 PM

Bi-Monthly board meeting of the Friends’ Board of Directors.

Members are always welcome to attend.  Find out what the board is doing and bring your ideas!


Directors Meeting @ Refuge Visitor Center
Nov 8 @ 6:30 PM

Bi-Monthly board meeting of the Friends’ Board of Directors.

Members are always welcome to attend.  Find out what the board is doing and bring your ideas!