Friends of Missisquoi Calendar

Apr
20
Sat
Monthly Bird Walk @ Old Railroad Passage Trail
Apr 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 (except December, when it will be on the second Saturday). 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, April 20 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at the Old Railroad Passage Trail.  Meet at the parking lot on Tabor Rd, about 1 mile past the refuge Visitor Center.

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

Apr
27
Sat
Volunteer Trail Maintenance Day @ Refuge Headquarters
Apr 27 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Spend the morning helping with some refuge trail maintenance and then enjoy a complimentary lunch on the Friends.

The Friends of Missisquoi are providing you with an opportune way to come out and give back to the Refuge. There are many tasks involved in getting the trails ready for Spring and Summer visitors, and we will be spending a morning tackling some of these jobs. Many hands make light work, so gather some friends and family and join us for a few hours of needed trail maintenance. Appropriate trimming tools will be provided, but you can bring your own loppers and/or pruners if you’d like. Following a morning of maintenance, a free lunch will be provided for all volunteers.

Meet at the Refuge Headquarters on Tabor Road at 9:00 am.

Note: Heavy rains will postpone this event so registration is recommended so that we may advise you of any cancellations

May
8
Wed
Friends Board meeting @ Zoom or Refuge HQ when available
May 8 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
May
9
Thu
Photography Workshop @ Zoom and Refuge Headquarters
May 9 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Learn how to take your wildlife photos to the next level.

Do you wish to improve your wildlife photography skills? Join wildlife photographer, Matthew Bode, in this photography workshop designed to take your photography to the next level. He will share some important techniques and tips to help give you photographs that you can be proud of. This workshop will take place over two sessions. You must be able to attend BOTH sessions to register for this workshop. Spaces are limited.

Session 1 will take place online via Zoom on Thursday evening, May 9th from 6:30-8:00 PM.

Session 2 – Bring your camera to the Refuge for a learning field session. It will take place at the Refuge Headquarters on Saturday, May 18th from 1:00-3:00 PM.

“For the first virtual workshop scheduled May 9th, we’ll be focusing on a few elements of exposure, specifically geared towards bird photography. The workshop will review aperture, creative differences in shutter speeds, and how to manage ISO. A set of recommended settings will be provided to help users get started in this creative yet technical hobby. This workshop will also analyze composition, providing basic guidelines to create appealing images and how to capture them for wildlife. The composition discussion will delve into understanding perspectives, achieving and maintaining focus, and making backgrounds and foregrounds. This virtual workshop will be an instrumental preparation step for the in-person bird photography workshop scheduled for May 18th, where we will reinforce these concepts firsthand at an MNWR site.” ~Matthew Bode

May
18
Sat
WMBD – Daybreak Bird Walk @ Black/Maquam Creek Trail
May 18 @ 4:00 AM – 7:00 AM

Join the Friends of Missisquoi NWR as they hold a daybreak bird walk on the Maquam and Black Creek trails.
It will commence at 4:00 am from the parking area. During the 1-mile hike into Lookout Point in the dark, participants will be listening for owls and other nocturnal birds. Daylight birding will take place on the return trip out. Please bring a headlamp or flashlight.
Preregistration is not required, but we appreciate having contact information in case of updates.

The theme of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day is

Protect Insects, Protect Birds

WMBD – GMAS Maquam/Black Creek Bird Quest @ Black/Maquam Creek Trail
May 18 @ 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Friends of Missisquoi NWR is partnering with the Green Mountain Audubon Society to bring birders to the refuge to document birds as part of our World Migratory Bird Day events. GMAS will lead a bird walk on the Maquam/Black Creek Trails. These trails are scenic and traditionally abundant with spring migrants. Meet at the Maquam/Black Creek parking area on Rt. 78 at 8:00 AM.

The theme of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day is

Protect Insects, Protect Birds

WMBD – Monthly Bird Walk @ Stephen Young Marsh Trail
May 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 May walk each year is part of our World Migratory Bird Day weekend! This will be one of several walks held over the weekend. Join us on Saturday, May 18th from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at the Stephen Young Marsh Trail. Meet at the parking lot on Tabor Rd, about 1 mile south of the refuge Visitor Center.

–>Be sure to check the calendar for other World Migratory Bird Day events at the refuge!

The theme of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day is

Protect Insects, Protect Birds

WMBD – Survey of Old Railroad Passage Trail @ Old Railroad Passage Trail
May 18 @ 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Join Refuge Manager, Ken Sturm, as he leads a group down the Old Railroad Passage Trail to document birds for World Migratory Bird Day. This walk will take place May 18th from 8:00 to 10:00 AM. Meet at the parking lot on Tabor Rd, about 1 mile south of the refuge Visitor Center.

–>Be sure to check the calendar for other World Migratory Bird Day events at the refuge!

The theme of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day is

Protect Insects, Protect Birds

Art Show: Art of the Refuge @ Refuge Visitor Center
May 18 @ 10:00 AM – Jul 19 @ 4:00 PM

Art Show 2024The Friends of Missisquoi will again be hosting an art show at the Visitor Center beginning May 18th, World Migratory Bird Day at the Refuge. As usual, the focus will be on the birds of the refuge and their habitats.

Art will be on display until July 19th and can be viewed any time the Visitor Center is open. Please call 802-868-4781 to confirm accessibility. The artwork is available for purchase.

Click here for an application to enter your artwork. For more information on participation contact Carol Yarnell at artshow@friendsofmissisquoi.org. Click here for a brochure about the refuge, including a list of birds found there.

Please pass this invitation on to your artist friends.

The theme of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day is

Protect Insects, Protect Birds

Please pass this invitation on to your artist friends.

May
19
Sun
WMBD – Beginner’s Bird Walk @ Discovery Trail
May 19 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

As part of our World Migratory Bird Day events, the Friends of Missisquoi NWR will be hosting a bird walk specifically for beginning birders. The walk will take place on the Discovery Trail adjacent to the refuge headquarters.

The walk will last about 2 hours and cover a 1-mile loop. We’ll have some loaner binoculars available for use.

The theme of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day is

Protect Insects, Protect Birds

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