Friends of Missisquoi Calendar

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


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.


  • 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

Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program @ Franklin County Sportsman’s Club
Aug 17 @ 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program is being offered to young hunters who want to learn more about the sport of waterfowl hunting and experience a high quality waterfowl hunt. The program is offered to youngsters 12 to 17 years of age who have an adult waterfowl hunter to serve as a mentor.

The Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program is a joint educational effort of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, the Vermont Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, the Sportsman’s Club of Franklin County and volunteers to teach young hunters about waterfowl hunting. The program instructs beginning hunters in the knowledge and skills necessary to become responsible, respected individuals who strive to learn all they can about waterfowl and to become knowledgeable in firearms safety, hunter ethics and wildlife conservation.

Mentors and youths who would like to participate in this year’s program must pre-register with the Refuge by Monday, August 12. Participation in the program will be limited to 40 enrollees.

All mentors and young hunters must attend the one-day training session on Saturday, August 18, with instruction beginning at 8:00 AM at the Franklin County Sportsman’s Club on Route 36 (Maquam Shore Road) in St. Albans. The training session will be held rain or shine, so participants should dress appropriately. All youth participants should bring the shotgun they intend to use for hunting to the training for a patterning session.

Junior Hunters and their mentors, once they complete the training, are awarded exclusive use of several premier hunting areas at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge for the first four weekends of the waterfowl hunting season. Juniors are only permitted to shoot for the first two weekends, mentors will be permitted to shoot alongside their juniors the last two weekends of the junior hunt. Blind sites and hunting dates for the Jr. Hunters are determined by a lottery conducted at the annual training session.

To register for this year’s program, call refuge headquarters at 802-868-4781. Please include the mentor’s name and youth’s name and age, address and telephone number.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Ken Sturm, Refuge Manager, at 802-868-4781.

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Big Sit! – Birding event @ Stephen Young Marsh
Oct 12 @ 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM

The Friends of MNWR will be holding their third annual “Big Sit!” at the Stephen J. Young Marsh observation platform.  We plan to have observers present from dawn until dusk on Saturday, October 12.

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 2018 we watched from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM and observed 46 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.