Friends of Missisquoi Calendar

Trail Maintenance @ Old Railroad Passage Trail
Apr 29 @ 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Gather your friends and join the Friends of Missisquoi for a morning of maintenance on the Railroad Passage Trail. Necessary tools will be provided. A lunch for all volunteers will be provided thanks to funding from Extreme Terrain’s Clean Trail Grant Program. Meet at the refuge headquarters at 9:00 AM. Inclement weather will postpone the event so be sure to check the website for any cancelation.

World Migratory Bird Day “Big Weekend Challenge” @ MIssisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
May 20 – May 21 all-day
We are bringing back our Big Weekend Challenge. We invite you to come and independently help us document the birds present on the refuge. Here’s how to participate: Visit the refuge trails and/or waterways anytime from sunrise to sunset on Saturday and Sunday. For a map of trails and water access points please visit
***Please note: The Jeep Trail will be closed at this time of year, but Mac’s Bend Road will be open for walking.***
Record all your bird sightings via eBird to any of the refuge’s hotspots and share your lists with our eBird account (MNWRBirdDay) which allows us to have a record of your data. The more you bird and contribute, the better our data will be. To get you motivated, the Friends of Missisquoi NWR will be awarding a number of prizes for different categories of participation, so the more time you spend looking and recording (and the more data you collect for WMBD), the more chances you have to win. Don’t forget to bring your camera along to qualify for some of the photography prizes!
If you are unfamiliar with eBird, please check out this video for a great tutorial on how to submit your sightings right from your smartphone:
Come out and enjoy Missisquoi NWR as the birds return to the refuge and help make this a successful weekend of data collection. As you participate, as a community scientist for the refuge, please stay on the open trails and waterways and be careful not to venture into any of the restricted areas.
WMBD – Group Birding Paddle @ Missisquoi River / Mac's Bend Launch
May 21 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

As part of our World Migratory Bird Day Weekend events, volunteers from the Friends of Missisquoi will lead a group birding paddle on the Missisquoi River. We’ll meet at the Louie’s Landing parking area, then drive to the Mac’s Bend launch site. We’ll head downstream towards the Missisquoi Delta and then back upstream to the launch site. Total distance is about 5 miles. You must bring your own canoe or kayak, paddles, and life jackets. (PFDs are required to be worn.) Please pre-register in advance for this event, both so we can maintain a manageable group and so we have contact information if we need to make any changes or weather cancellations.

Please register in advance for this event through this link.

Upcoming Events

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The Friends of Missisquoi are a recipient of the ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trail Grant Program