Friends of Missisquoi Calendar

Dec
4
Sat
Birdability Site Review @ Missisquoi Refuge HQ & Discovery Trail
Dec 4 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Join Bird Diva Bridget Butler for a Birdability Site Review Checklist to look at accessibility for eBird Hotspots for birders with disabilities or other health concerns. Learn more about Birdability at www.birdability.org!

This event is hosted by the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of the Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge.

We’ll meet at the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge’s Discovery Trail which is located at the headquarters building on Tabor Road. The plan is to travel the trail together using the Birdability checklist to assess the trail and then submit it to the online Birdability Map.

Folks in attendance can expect to learn how to work through each section of the checklist in the hope that they’ll return to their own communities and begin assessing potential birding spots for folks with disabilities or other health concerns. The goal here is to begin to create a more accessible birding community where folks can find a set of trails or other sites where they can bird safely and comfortably.

Things to bring include the Birdability checklist, a tape measure, and a level or level app on your smartphone. You can download your own copy of the checklist to bring with you here: https://bit.ly/BirdabilitySiteChecklist

Dec
18
Sat
Monthly Bird Monitoring Walk @ Jeep Trail
Dec 18 @ 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 walk this month will be on Saturday, December 18 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at the Jeep Trail.  Meet at the Louie’s Landing parking lot on Rte 78, about 3.5 miles west of Swanton village. We will then drive back to Mac’s Bend to the trailhead. 

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

Jan
12
Wed
Friends Board meeting @ Zoom or Refuge HQ when available
Jan 12 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Jan
13
Thu
Unique Habitats and Species of the Missisquoi NWR
Jan 13 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
January 13, 2022, 6:30PM via Zoom – Please join the Green Mountain Audubon Society and the Friends of Missisquoi NWR as they welcome Missisquoi staff biologist, Judy Sefchick, in sharing her expertise on the Missisisquoi NWR.  Judy will be highlighting the unique habitats of the refuge and showcasing the species that either use these habitats as a resting spot during their migration or call these habitats their home.
 
Please register for this virtual presentation at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unique-habitats-and-species-of-the-missisquoi-nwr-tickets-210346832037.  (Open for registration on December 1, 2021.)
Mar
9
Wed
Friends Board meeting @ Zoom or Refuge HQ when available
Mar 9 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
May
11
Wed
Friends Board meeting @ Zoom or Refuge HQ when available
May 11 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Jul
13
Wed
Friends Board meeting @ Zoom or Refuge HQ when available
Jul 13 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Sep
14
Wed
Friends Board meeting @ Zoom or Refuge HQ when available
Sep 14 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Nov
9
Wed
Friends Board meeting @ Zoom or Refuge HQ when available
Nov 9 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Jan
11
Wed
Friends Board meeting @ Zoom or Refuge HQ when available
Jan 11 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

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