Friends of Missisquoi Calendar

Oct
13
Sat
2018 Big Sit! – Birding event @ Stephen Young Marsh
Oct 13 @ 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM

The Friends of MNWR will be holding their second annual “Big Sit!” at the Stephen J. Young Marsh observation platform.  We plan to have observers present from dawn until dusk on Saturday, October 13.

What is a Big Sit!?  It’s an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event organized by the Bird Watcher’s Digest magazine.  It’s like a Big Day or a bird-a-thon in that the goal is to count as many bird species as possible within a 24-hour period—but with the major restriction that observations must be made from within a 17-foot diameter circle!  The platform at Stephen Young Marsh is well within the 17-foot limit.  In 2017 we watched from 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM and observed 35 species—not bad for October.

Come join us for the whole day, for an hour or two, or just stop in and say hello.  Located on Tabor Rd, about 1 mile south of the refuge Visitor Center.

Find our event on Facebook for more information!

Oct
20
Sat
Monthly Birding Walk @ Old Railroad Passage Trail
Oct 20 @ 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!

Nov
14
Wed
Directors Meeting @ Refuge Visitor Center
Nov 14 @ 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!

 

Nov
17
Sat
Monthly Bird Monitoring Walk @ Maquam / Black Creek Trails
Nov 17 @ 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 17th 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!

Dec
15
Sat
Monthly Bird Monitoring Walk @ Jeep Trail
Dec 15 @ 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Join Friends Board Members Ken Copenhaver and Julie Filiberti for a birding walk on the Jeep 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 Louie’s Landing boat access area on Rte 78, about 3-1/2 miles west of Swanton Village.  We will drive from Louie’s Landing to the trail head at Mac’s Bend.

Hope to see you there!