Friends of Missisquoi Calendar

May
4
Fri
Woodcock Walk II @ Stephen Young Marsh Trail
May 4 @ 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
19
Sat
World Migratory Bird Day & Open House @ Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
May 19 @ 5:30 AM – 2:00 PM

The Refuge will celebrate World Bird Day (formerly known as International Migratory Bird Day) on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  The WMBD theme this year is “Year of the Bird,” marking 2018 as the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

We will start the day with an “Early Bird” bird walk at 5:30 AM at the Maquam/Black Creek Trail.  Meet at the parking area on Rte 78, about 2.5 miles west of Swanton village.

The main activities of the day will begin at 7:30 AM with an orientation at the refuge Visitor Center.  Participants will split up into several boat trips and bird walks, during which we will record all bird species and count as many individuals within those species as we can identify.  All birding participants will return to the Visitor Center by 11:30 AM to tally results over a light lunch provided by the Friends.

At approximately 1:00 PM, Dave Adams from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will give a presentation on “Wildlife Habitat Improvement.”

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 available on the Friends website www.friendsofmissisquoi.org 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
9
Sat
Birding at Eagle Point @ Eagle Point Unit, Derby VT
Jun 9 @ 8:00 AM
Join the Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Inc. along with the Memphremagog Watershed Association for a morning of birding and exploration at the Eagle Point Unit.
 
Eagle Point, a 420 acre tract of property on the shore of Lake Memphramegog near the town of Newport, became part of the Missisquoi NWR in 2010. The Eagle Point property consists of a mix of upland and wetland habitats including northern hardwood forest, hemlock seepage forest, managed grassland, and a diverse wetland complex formed around Hall’s Creek.
 
Note: there are no facilities on the property.
 
This walk will be led by Ken Copenhaver and Julie Filiberti.
 
• From East Main Street in Newport (VT5) turn left on Sias Avenue (heading north) – .6miles
• Sias Avenue turns into Darling Hill Road – 1.6mi
• Continue straight on North Derby Road – 2.1mi
• At the end, make a left onto Eagle Point Farm Road (T-17) and follow to Eagle Point WMA – 1.4 mi
Jun
16
Sat
Monthly Birding Walk @ Old Railroad Passage Trail
Jun 16 @ 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!

Jul
21
Sat
Monthly Bird Monitoring Walk @ Maquam / Black Creek Trails
Jul 21 @ 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 January 20th 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.

Meet at the parking lot on Rte 78, about 2-1/2 miles west of Swanton Village.

After 92 months of walks we have observed 150 species.  Hope to see you there!

Sep
15
Sat
Monthly Birding Walk @ Stephen Young Marsh Trail
Sep 15 @ 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Join Friends Board Members Ken Copenhaver and Julie Filiberti for a birding walk on the Stephen Young Marsh 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.

Meet at the parking lot on Tabor Rd, about a mile past the refuge Visitor Center and across the road from the marsh.

Hope to see you there!

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
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.

After 91 months of walks we have observed 147 species.  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 on Saturday, December 15th 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 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.

After 92 months of walks we have observed 150 species. Hope to see you there!

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!