Friends of Missisquoi Calendar

Apr
17
Wed
Archaeology of the Missisquoi Area @ Missisquoi NWR Visitor Center
Apr 17 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Come to a free presentation from Jess Robinson, Vermont State Archaeologist, who will be presenting a talk about the archaeology of the Missisquoi area.

Recent work by Northeast Archaeology Research Center and the University of Vermont Consulting Archaeology Program in and near to the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) has revealed new sites and exciting details related to the precontact Native American lifeways along the lower Missisquoi.  Work by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the staff at the MNWR to synthesize new and old archaeological data in preparation for a National Register district nomination has also enabled us to see new patterns in Native Lifeways and environmental changes that may have had an effect on them.  Jess will briefly discuss these topics and others during his presentation.  A Q and A will follow.

Program starts at 6 pm at the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center.

Apr
19
Fri
Woodcock Walk @ Stephen Young Marsh Trail
Apr 19 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Join refuge volunteer, Greg Simard on a woodcock walk on Friday April 19, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.  The walk will be at the Stephen Young Marsh area and participants will meet at the Tabor Rd. parking lot located one mile south off of RT. 78 on Tabor Rd.  The area is identified by a sign labeled “Refuge Trails Parking.”  American woodcock have a unique and intriguing courtship display that incorporates an aerial figure 8 display and ground level calling.  The courtship display occurs near sunset and into the early evening hours.

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

Apr
20
Sat
Monthly Bird Monitoring Walk @ Maquam / Black Creek Trails
Apr 20 @ 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 April 20th 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.

Hope to see you there!

May
3
Fri
Refuge Green Up Day
May 3 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Missisquoi NWR will conduct “Green Up Day” on Friday May 3, 2019.  Green Up day will begin at 9 AM and end at approx. noon.  All participants should meet at Louie’s Landing parking lot on RT. 78.  The refuge will concentrate its efforts on river cleanup activities using refuge boats.

Please register for this activity at 802-868-4781.

May
8
Wed
Directors Meeting @ Refuge Visitor Center
May 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!

 

May
17
Fri
Artists Reception @ Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
May 17 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

The Friends of Missisquoi will be again hosting the annual art show, which kicks off during the 26th anniversary of World Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 18th, 2019. An artist reception will be held on Friday evening before the opening day.

Now known as World Bird Day, the 2019 theme is Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.

Pre-World Migratory Bird Day Presentation by Maeve Kim @ Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
May 17 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is an important migration stopover location and home for 200 species of birds.  To kick off World Migratory Bird Day, join birder and teacher Maeve Kim who will give a presentation on some aspect of birds and birding (topic to be announced).

Maeve Kim has been leading bird walks for over twenty years and teaches birding classes around the state. She has participated in many citizen science projects and has been a featured speaker at events held by Green Mountain Audubon, Rutland Audubon, Green Mountain Club, and the Mad Birders Club.  Maeve is the author of several articles about nature and birding, including feature articles in BirdWatching magazine.

May
18
Sat
Art on the Refuge @ Missisquoi Refuge Visitor Center
May 18 – Jul 19 all-day

2019 ART EXHIBIT

The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate the 26th anniversary of World Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 18th, 2019.  Now known as World Bird Day, the 2019 theme is Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.  The Friends of Missisquoi will be again 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 19th, 2019, Monday to Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

 

Artists who wish to enter works, please download a registration form here.

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 18 @ 5:30 AM – 2:00 PM

The Refuge will celebrate World Migratory Bird Day (formerly known as International Migratory Bird Day) on Saturday, May 18, 2019.  The WMBD theme this year is “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.”

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, Tom Rogers from the VT Dept of F&W, Education/Outreach Division, will give a presentation (title to be announced).

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.

Jul
10
Wed
Directors Meeting @ Refuge Visitor Center
Jul 10 @ 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!