Friends of Missisquoi Calendar

May
4
Fri
Refuge Green Up Day
May 4 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Missisquoi NWR will conduct a Refuge Green Up Day.  The refuge will concentrate its efforts on river cleanup activities using refuge boats.  Refuge staff will monitor river water levels and flows.  Should floodplain water levels be excessively high or if flow rates in the river channel are too strong due to snow melt and spring rains, this event may be postponed or canceled.  Participants will meet at the Louie’s Landing Parking Lot on Rte 78, about 3.5 miles west of Swanton village.

Please call 802-868-4781 to register for this activity.

Woodcock Walk II @ Stephen Young Marsh Trail
May 4 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Join Park Ranger, David Frisque on a Woodcock Walk at the Stephen Young Marsh area.  Woodcock have a unique courtship display that incorporates an aerial display and a ground level calling display that occurs near sunset and into the early evening hours.  Join David for an enjoyable early evening walk to witness this unique spring time behavior.  Meet at the parking lot for the trail located on Tabor Road, about one mile past the refuge Visitor Center.

Please call 802-868-4781 to register for this activity.

May
9
Wed
Directors Meeting @ Refuge Visitor Center
May 9 @ 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!

 

May
12
Sat
Birding Paddle on the Missisquoi River @ Mac's Bend Boat Access
May 12 @ 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Celebrate spring migration with North Branch Nature Center and the Friends of the Missisquoi by paddling through the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in search of neotropical migrants and spring waterfowl. We’ll likely encounter eagles, osprey, terns, orioles, tanagers, warblers and more as we canoe and kayak through 5-6 river miles of Northern Vermont’s premier birdwatching destination. Over 150 species have been seen in Vermont’s wildest, most expansive river delta and floodplain forest. A trip for all ages. BYOB: bring your own (non-motorized) boat.

Meeting at the the boat launch on Mac’s Bend Road in Swanton, VT.

Fee: $10 for NBNC members/$15 for non-members.  For tickets, visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/birding-paddle-on-the-missisquoi-river-tickets-41435901898?aff=efbevent

May
18
Fri
2018 “Art on the Refuge” Artist Reception @ Missisquoi Refuge Visitor Center
May 18 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Our annual Art on the Refuge show opens on Friday, May 18th with an artists’ reception at the Refuge Visitor Center.

Stop by to meet and chat with the artists who are exhibiting their work in the Refuge art show.  Artwork will be displayed through July 20.   Light refreshments will be served.

Following the reception, please stay for a presentation by Maeve Kim titled “Nature’s Super-Habitats: Wetland Conservation and the National Wildlife Refuge System.”

Artists who wish to enter works in the exhibit can Download a 2018 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 artshow@friendsofmissisquoi.org

May
19
Sat
Art on the Refuge @ Missisquoi Refuge Visitor Center
May 19 – Jul 20 all-day

2018 ART EXHIBIT

The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate the 25th anniversary of International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 19th, 2018.  Now known as World Bird Day, the 2018 theme is celebrating the Year of the Bird, the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  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.

Subjects:

  • 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 20th, 2018, Monday to Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

 

Artists who wish to enter works in the exhibit can Download a 2018 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 artshow@friendsofmissisquoi.org

World Migratory Bird Day & Open House @ Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
May 19 @ 5:30 AM – 2:00 PM

The Refuge will celebrate World Bird Day (formerly known as International Migratory Bird Day) on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  The WMBD theme this year is “Year of the Bird,” marking 2018 as the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

We will start the day with an “Early Bird” bird walk at 5:30 AM at the Maquam/Black Creek Trail.  Meet at the parking area on Rte 78, about 2.5 miles west of Swanton village.

The main activities of the day will begin at 7:30 AM with an orientation at the refuge Visitor Center.  Participants will split up into several boat trips and bird walks, during which we will record all bird species and count as many individuals within those species as we can identify.  All birding participants will return to the Visitor Center by 11:30 AM to tally results over a light lunch provided by the Friends.

At approximately 1:00 PM, Dave Adams from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will give a presentation on “Wildlife Habitat Improvement.”

Throughout the day, an exhibit of artworks from local artists will be on display at the Visitor Center.  The exhibit will run through mid-July.  Further information on entering works in the exhibit will be available on the Friends website www.friendsofmissisquoi.org in the near future.

Please call 802-868-4781 to register for this activity.  Also please check back closer to the event date for any changes/additions to the schedule.

Jun
9
Sat
Birding at Eagle Point @ Eagle Point Unit, Derby VT
Jun 9 @ 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
Jun
16
Sat
Monthly Birding Walk @ Old Railroad Passage Trail
Jun 16 @ 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Join Friends Board Members Ken Copenhaver and Julie Filiberti for a birding walk on the Railroad Trail!

The purpose of these monthly walks is to gather long-term data on the presence of birds, their abundance, and changes in populations.  Observations will be 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.  The walks are available for all skill levels. Binoculars and a bird field guide are helpful.  Dress for weather conditions.

Meet at the parking lot on Tabor Rd, about a mile past the refuge Visitor Center and across the road from the Stephen Young Marsh.

Hope to see you there!

Jul
11
Wed
Directors Meeting @ Refuge Visitor Center
Jul 11 @ 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!