Friends of Missisquoi Calendar

Oct
7
Sat
The Big Sit – Birding event @ Stephen Young Marsh
Oct 7 @ 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Please join the Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge for “The Big Sit!” A day-long birding event on Saturday, October 7th, 2017.

The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. The Big Sit! is like a Big Day or a bird-a-thon in that the object is to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours. It’s been described as a “tailgate party for birders.”

Although referred to as a 24-hour event, we’ll be concentrating on daylight hours, and will setting up by 6:30am at the observation deck on the Stephen J. Young Marsh, and staying until sunset, about 6:30pm. Anyone is welcome to stop by anytime during the day and stay as briefly, or as long, as you like. In the event of extreme weather, we’ll re-schedule for Sunday, October 8th.

The Stephen J. Young Marsh is located on Tabor Road, about 1 mile south of the refuge Headquarters. There is a parking lot on the left (east) side of the road and it’s just a short walk to the observation deck.

While it’s existed for several years, this is the first such event on the Missisquoi Refuge, and we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Nature / Photography Walk @ Stephen Young Marsh Trail
Oct 7 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Join Friends of Missisquoi NWR members Joe Belanger and Bob Chaperon for a nature/photography walk on various refuge trails, held the first Saturday of each month.  Registration is not required.

The October walk will be on the Stephen Young Marsh Trail.  Meet at the parking lot on Tabor Rd across from Stephen Young Marsh, about 1 mile south of the refuge Visitor Center.

Come have fun with us!

Oct
21
Sat
Monthly Bird Monitoring Walk @ Old Railroad Passage Trail
Oct 21 @ 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Join Friends Board Members Ken Copenhaver and Julie Filiberti for a birding walk on the Railroad Trail on Saturday October 21st from 8 AM until 10 AM.

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.

After 90 months of walks we have observed 147 species.  Hope to see you there!

Nov
4
Sat
Nature / Photography walk @ Maquam / Black Creek Trail
Nov 4 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Join Friends of Missisquoi NWR members Joe Belanger and Bob Chaperon for a nature/photography walk on various refuge trails, held the first Saturday of each month.  Registration is not required.

The November walk will be on the Black/Maquam Creek Trail from 9 AM until 11 AM. Meet at the parking lot at the trailhead on Rt 78, 2 ½ miles west of Swanton.

Nov
7
Tue
Directors Meeting @ Refuge Visitor Center
Nov 7 @ 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!

November meeting moved to Tuesday night due to conflict

 

Nov
18
Sat
Monthly Bird Monitoring Walk @ Maquam / Black Creek Trails
Nov 18 @ 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Join Friends Board Members Ken Copenhaver and Julie Filiberti for a birding walk on the Maquam/Black Creek Trail on Saturday November 18th from 8 AM until 10 AM.

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 Rte 78, about 2-1/2 miles west of Swanton Village.

After 91 months of walks we have observed 147 species.  Hope to see you there!