Friends of Missisquoi Calendar

May
20
Fri
Importance of Grasslands @ Online Zoom Presentation
May 20 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Spend an evening with bobolinks, meadowlarks, grasshopper sparrows, and many more grassland birds. Join the Friends of Missisquoi NWR as they welcome Maeve Kim to share the importance of grasslands worldwide and here at home, and learn about what’s being done to conserve and protect them.

This presentation will be a free Zoom event as part of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge’s World Migratory Bird Weekend celebrations.

Register on EventBrite beginning April 1st! 

May
21
Sat
World Migratory Bird Day “Big Weekend Challenge”
May 21 – May 22 all-day

All day Saturday and Sunday, May 21st and 2nd – Missisquoi’s World Migratory Bird Day “Big Weekend Challenge”

Because last year was such a success, we are bringing back our Big Weekend Challenge.  We invite you to come and independently help us document the birds present on the refuge. Here’s how to participate:

  1. Register for our weekend of birding here : https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/world-migratory-bird-day-weekend-347639
  2. Visit the refuge trails and/or waterways anytime from sunrise to sunset on Saturday and Sunday. For a map of trails and water access points please visit https://www.fws.gov/media/missisquoi-trailspdf  ***Please note the Jeep Trail will be closed at this time of year, but Mac’s Bend Road will be open for walking.
  3. Record all your bird sightings via eBird to any of the refuge’s hotspots and share your lists with our eBird account (MNWRBirdDay) which allows us to have a record of your data.

The more you bird and contribute, the better our data will be. To get you motivated, the Friends of Missisquoi NWR will be awarding a number of prizes for different categories of participation, so the more time you spend looking and recording (and the more data you collect for WMBD), the more chances you have to win. Don’t forget to bring your camera along to qualify you for some of the photography prizes! Our goal will be to see if we can beat our record of 113 species for WMBD.

If you are unfamiliar with eBird, please visit this video for a great tutorial on how to submit your sightings right from your smartphone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvYYeDd05TQ

Come out and enjoy Missisquoi NWR as the birds return to the refuge and help make this a successful weekend of data collection. As you participate, as a community scientist for the refuge, please be sure to follow any current COVID-19 guidelines, stay on the open trails and waterways, and be careful not to venture into any of the restricted areas.

Daybreak Bird Walk @ MaQuam / Black Creek Trail
May 21 @ 4:00 AM – 7:00 AM

Join the Friends of Missisquoi NWR as they hold a daybreak bird walk on the Maquam and Black Creek trails.

It will commence at 4:00am from the parking area. During the 1-mile hike into Lookout Point in the dark, participants will be listening for owls and other nocturnal birds. Daylight birding will take place on the return trip out. Please bring a headlamp or flashlight.

For more details, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/world-migratory-bird-day-weekend-347639

2022 Art of the Refuge Show @ Refuge Headquarters
May 21 @ 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Art Show PosterWe are excited that the art show is back at the Visitor Center this year!  Our focus will be birds and their habitats and will include birds that spend some time on the Refuge, including birds that migrate through the area.

The show will be open for viewing during the refuge headquarters normal business hours, please call 802-868-4781 to confirm accessibility.

Also, at 10:00 AM, we will hold an artists’ reception when visitors can meet the artists.

Details on participating in the show can be found on our Art Show page!

Monthly Bird Walk / World Migratory Bird Day @ Stephen Young Marsh Trail
May 21 @ 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Please join us for our monthly bird monitoring walks on the refuge.  Ken Copenhaver and Julie Filiberti lead the walks on various refuge trails on the third Saturday of each month. The purpose of the walks is to gather long-term data on the presence of birds, their abundance, and changes in populations. Observations are entered into the Vermont eBird database where data is stored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. These walks are appropriate for birders of all skill levels and provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about birds throughout the seasons.

Our May walk each year is part of our World Migratory Bird Day weekend!  This will be one of several walks held over the weekend.  Join us on Saturday, May 21st from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at the Stephen Young Marsh Trail.  Meet at the parking lot on Tabor Rd, about 1 mile south of the refuge Visitor Center. 

COVID Notice: We will be following Vermont state COVID-19 protocols for outdoor activities. We ask that you stay home if you are feeling ill and to wear a mask if you are unvaccinated and when you can’t maintain a safe social distance.

If you have any questions, contact Ken Copenhaver at copenhvr@gmail.com

Group Birding Paddle – World Migratory Bird weekend @ Missisquoi River / Mac's Bend Launch
May 21 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Friends of Missisquoi NWR will be holding a group birding paddle as part of their World Migratory Bird Day celebration. You must bring your own canoe or kayak, paddles, and life jackets. We’ll meet at Mac’s Bend boat launch.

Please register in advance for this event through this link.

May
22
Sun
Beginner’s Bird Walks – World Migratory Bird Day weekend @ Mac's Bend Road
May 22 @ 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

As part of our World Migratory Bird Day events, the Friends of Missisquoi NWR will be hosting two beginners guided bird walks on the Mac’s Bend Road on Sunday, May 22nd at 8:00am and 10:00am.

If you are a beginning birder and would like to join one of these events, please register in advance at this link.

Beginner’s Bird Walks – World Migratory Bird Day weekend @ Mac's Bend Road
May 22 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

As part of our World Migratory Bird Day events, the Friends of Missisquoi NWR will be hosting two beginners guided bird walks on the Mac’s Bend Road on Sunday, May 22nd at 8:00am and 10:00am.

If you are a beginning birder and would like to join one of these events, please register in advance at this link.

May
23
Mon
2022 Art of the Refuge Show @ Refuge Headquarters
May 23 @ 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Art Show PosterWe are excited that the art show is back at the Visitor Center this year!  Our focus will be birds and their habitats and will include birds that spend some time on the Refuge, including birds that migrate through the area.

The show will be open for viewing during the refuge headquarters normal business hours, please call 802-868-4781 to confirm accessibility.

Art work for the May 21st show can be dropped off at the Visitor Center during the hours they are open.  They say the hours are 7-3:30, but if the team is out in the field, they lock the door.  SO your best bet is to call 802-868-4781 to see if there is someone in the Visitor Center.

You can also drop off your work at the Frame Shoppe in St. Albans. Rules for drop-off at the Village Frame Shoppe in St. Albans:

1.) The artwork must be labeled for the Missisquoi Refuge Art Show.

2.) While care will be taken in receiving and storing of artwork, the artist understands that the Shoppe is not responsible for any loss or damage that might occur.

3.) Drop off Tuesday – Friday between the hours of 11-3, Saturday 11-1, any week BEFORE or ON May 17

Your work needs to be dropped off by Wednesday, May 18th at the latest so the show can be set up on May 19th.  Include a short bio if you haven’t included it with your application.

Details on participating in the show can be found on our Art Show page!

May
24
Tue
2022 Art of the Refuge Show @ Refuge Headquarters
May 24 @ 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Art Show PosterWe are excited that the art show is back at the Visitor Center this year!  Our focus will be birds and their habitats and will include birds that spend some time on the Refuge, including birds that migrate through the area.

The show will be open for viewing during the refuge headquarters normal business hours, please call 802-868-4781 to confirm accessibility.

Art work for the May 21st show can be dropped off at the Visitor Center during the hours they are open.  They say the hours are 7-3:30, but if the team is out in the field, they lock the door.  SO your best bet is to call 802-868-4781 to see if there is someone in the Visitor Center.

You can also drop off your work at the Frame Shoppe in St. Albans. Rules for drop-off at the Village Frame Shoppe in St. Albans:

1.) The artwork must be labeled for the Missisquoi Refuge Art Show.

2.) While care will be taken in receiving and storing of artwork, the artist understands that the Shoppe is not responsible for any loss or damage that might occur.

3.) Drop off Tuesday – Friday between the hours of 11-3, Saturday 11-1, any week BEFORE or ON May 17

Your work needs to be dropped off by Wednesday, May 18th at the latest so the show can be set up on May 19th.  Include a short bio if you haven’t included it with your application.

Details on participating in the show can be found on our Art Show page!

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