Friends of Missisquoi Calendar

May
5
Fri
Refuge Green Up Day
May 5 @ 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 5 @ 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
6
Sat
Nature / Photography walk @ Railroad Passage Trail
May 6 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Join Refuge volunteer Joe Belanger for a Trail Walk on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at the Railroad Passage Trail from 9 AM until 11 AM. Meet at the parking lot on Tabor Road, about a mile south of the Refuge Headquarters.

Spring migration will be in full swing by this date so many forest and grassland song birds should be present.  Time permitting the walk should allow participants to see a small portion of the Maquam bog from the trail.  Please bring binoculars and your camera and dress for weather conditions.  Trail conditions can be wet at this time of year so warm waterproof footwear is recommended.

Registration is not required.

May
10
Wed
Directors Meeting @ Refuge Visitor Center
May 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!

 

May
19
Fri
Spring Migration: A Talk about Birds and their Migratory Habits @ Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
May 19 @ 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 International Migratory Bird Day, join birder and teacher Maeve Kim to learn about birds that migrate though our state each spring and birds that stop here to find mates and raise young.

Maeve Kim has been leading bird walks for 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
20
Sat
Art on the Refuge @ Missisquoi Refuge Visitor Center
May 20 – Jul 21 all-day

2017 ART EXHIBIT

 

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.

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 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 artshow@friendsofmissisquoi.org

International Migratory Bird Day & Open House @ Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
May 20 @ 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM

The Refuge will celebrate the 24th anniversary of International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 20, 2017.  This year’s 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.

SPECIAL NOTE:  This year we will again have an “Early Bird” bird walk.  Meet at 5:30 AM at the Rte 78 parking lot.  We will be birding the Black/Maquam Creek Trail.  This was a popular and fun addition last year.  (Registration for this walk is not necessary.)

Regular activities will begin at 7:30 AM with an orientation at the refuge Visitor Center.  Participants will split up into groups, including bird walks on several refuge trails, two birding trips by boat, and a “beginner’s” walk on the Discovery Trail. Given the incredible interest and limited slots available for the Refuge’s Bird Day boat trips,  we are moving to a lottery for the coveted slots in the two boats to make it fair for everyone interested.  Should you want to sign up for a lottery slot, please phone the refuge office starting in April.  We will take names from April 3 to April 28.

Each birding group will record  all species and as many individuals within those species as they can.  All birding participants will return to the Visitor Center by 11:00 AM to tally results and have a light lunch provided by the Friends of Missisquoi NWR.

At approximately 1:00 PM, Allan Strong will present a program on “The Bobolink Project.”  Allan Strong is a professor of ornithology at the University of Vermont.

Also, 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 posted here 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
3
Sat
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.

Jul
12
Wed
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!

 

Sep
13
Wed
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!