Friends of Missisquoi Calendar

Mar
8
Fri
Owl Prowl @ Stephen J. Young Marsh
Mar 8 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Join refuge volunteers and Friends Board members Ken Copenhaver and Julie Filiberti for an evening walk to watch and listen for some of our resident birds who operate during the night shift.

The owl prowl is on Friday evening, March 8, 2019 from 6 PM until 8 PM and will start at the Stephen Young Marsh Trail area.  Meet at the parking lot for the trail located on Tabor Rd about one mile past the refuge Visitor Center.  Look for roadside signage “Refuge Trails Parking.”

Dress appropriately and bring a low intensity flashlight with you.

Please call 802-868-4781 to register for this activity.

Mar
16
Sat
Monthly Birding Walk @ Old Railroad Passage Trail
Mar 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!

Apr
19
Fri
Woodcock Walk @ Stephen Young Marsh Trail
Apr 19 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Join refuge volunteer, Greg Simard on a woodcock walk on Friday April 19, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.  The walk will be at the Stephen Young Marsh area and participants will meet at the Tabor Rd. parking lot located one mile south off of RT. 78 on Tabor Rd.  The area is identified by a sign labeled “Refuge Trails Parking.”  American woodcock have a unique and intriguing courtship display that incorporates an aerial figure 8 display and ground level calling.  The courtship display occurs near sunset and into the early evening hours.

Please call 802-868-4781 to register for this activity.

Apr
20
Sat
Monthly Bird Monitoring Walk @ Maquam / Black Creek Trails
Apr 20 @ 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 April 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.  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!

May
18
Sat
World Migratory Bird Day & Open House @ Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
May 18 @ 5:30 AM – 2:00 PM

The Refuge will celebrate World Migratory Bird Day (formerly known as International Migratory Bird Day) on Saturday, May 18, 2019.  The WMBD theme this year is “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.”

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, Tom Rogers from the VT Dept of F&W, Education/Outreach Division, will give a presentation (title to be announced).

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.