Friends of Missisquoi Calendar

Woodcock Walk II @ Stephen Young Marsh Trail
May 5 @ 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.

Nature / Photography walk @ Railroad Passage Trail
May 6 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Join Refuge volunteer Joe Belanger for a Trail Walk on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at the Railroad Passage Trail from 9 AM until 11 AM. Meet at the parking lot on Tabor Road, about a mile south of the Refuge Headquarters.

Spring migration will be in full swing by this date so many forest and grassland song birds should be present.  Time permitting the walk should allow participants to see a small portion of the Maquam bog from the trail.  Please bring binoculars and your camera and dress for weather conditions.  Trail conditions can be wet at this time of year so warm waterproof footwear is recommended.

Registration is not required.

International Migratory Bird Day & Open House @ Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
May 20 @ 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM

The Refuge will celebrate the 24th anniversary of International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 20, 2017.  This year’s IMBD theme is “Helping Birds Along the Way.”  The theme highlights the importance of stopover sites such as parks, refuges, and other locations where birds pause to feed and rest en route to breeding and wintering areas.

SPECIAL NOTE:  This year we will again have an “Early Bird” bird walk.  Meet at 5:30 AM at the Rte 78 parking lot.  We will be birding the Black/Maquam Creek Trail.  This was a popular and fun addition last year.  (Registration for this walk is not necessary.)

Regular activities will begin at 7:30 AM with an orientation at the refuge Visitor Center.  Participants will split up into groups, including bird walks on several refuge trails, two birding trips by boat, and a “beginner’s” walk on the Discovery Trail. Given the incredible interest and limited slots available for the Refuge’s Bird Day boat trips,  we are moving to a lottery for the coveted slots in the two boats to make it fair for everyone interested.  Should you want to sign up for a lottery slot, please phone the refuge office starting in April.  We will take names from April 3 to April 28.

Each birding group will record  all species and as many individuals within those species as they can.  All birding participants will return to the Visitor Center by 11:00 AM to tally results and have a light lunch provided by the Friends of Missisquoi NWR.

At approximately 1:00 PM, Allan Strong will present a program on “The Bobolink Project.”  Allan Strong is a professor of ornithology at the University of Vermont.

Also, 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 posted here 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.