Friends of Missisquoi Calendar

Oct
9
Sat
Big Sit! @ Stephen Young Marsh
Oct 9 @ 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Missisquoi Marsh Mellows will again use the observation platform at the Stephen Young Marsh as the center of their 17 ft. diameter circle and try to observe as many bird species as they can from that location. Anyone is welcome to come and join them for any part of the day. Last year 33 species were recorded.

You may wonder, what exactly is a Big Sit!? Some call it a “tailgate party for birders.” It’s an annual, international, noncompetitive, extremely sedentary birding event organized by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. 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! There are Big Sit! circles all over the world, including Guatemala, India, the Netherlands, England, Vietnam, and New Zealand. Participants can come and go as they please during the day, and the circle need not be occupied for the entire 24 hours. The platform at Stephen Young Marsh is well within the 17-foot limit. Rain date is Sunday, October 10th.

If you have any questions, contact Ken Copenhaver at copenhvr@gmail.com

Oct
16
Sat
Monthly Bird Monitoring Walk @ Old Railroad Passage Trail
Oct 16 @ 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, October 16 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at the Old Railroad Passage Trail.  Meet at the parking lot on Tabor Rd, about 1 mile south of the refuge Visitor Center and across the road from Stephen Young Marsh. 

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

Nov
10
Wed
Friends Board meeting @ Zoom or Refuge HQ when available
Nov 10 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Nov
20
Sat
Monthly Bird Monitoring Walk @ Black/Maquam Creek Trail
Nov 20 @ 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, November 20 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at the Old Railroad Passage Trail.  Meet at the parking lot on Rte 78, about 2.5 miles west of Swanton Village. 

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

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
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

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