Calendar of Events


OLT Annual Meeting – Friday March 27, 6:30pm

The annual meeting is a public event that includes a social gathering with refreshments (6:30pm) followed by a membership meeting (7pm), and finishing with a presentation by our guest speaker Rob Lilieholm (7:30pm).  This year is our 29th year!
More details to come – stay tuned!


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Ground Hog Day Celebration – “Finding Penobscot Phyllis”, Sunday Feb 1, 1- 4 pm

Since we did not have much luck finding Phyllis, the worlds only female groundhog weather prognosticator, last year, we are looking again in 2015. Let us introduce you to the secret life of the groundhog, and go on a snowshoeing excursion to find her burrow & complete a scavenger hunt. During the award ceremony enjoy groundhog juice and groundhog droppings by the fire. Bring snowshoes, weather permitting or reserve them with us. Meet at Parker Reed shelter accessible through Gate 1 of Rt. 43. Call to register by January 31, 207-394-2171. Suggested donation $5.

Winter Family Day Sunday, February 8, 10:30 am – 4 pm

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge’s Winter Family Day offers a great line-up of programs and activities for all ages and abilities. As promised back in 2015, Hirundo’s 50 year anniversary:
We thank Machias Savings Bank for sponsoring the dog sledding adventure.

Bucky Owen will introduce you to the amazing ways of how animals cope with the cold. Your skill of observation is put to the test when “Searching for Signs of Animals” during the guided trail walk. Hirundo’s Biathlon measures speed, as well as agility in a snowshoe race, and precision by throwing snowballs at a target. You could also try your hand a curling!

Tired? Take a break by the campfire; warm up with hot chocolate. Better yet, plan to spend the day. Pack a lunch and enjoy it next to the fireplace inside the Parker Reed shelter. We invite everyone to participate in the animal snow sculpture competition to gain local fame. If you prefer to be on your own, check out our Self-guided activities. Suggested donation $5. Call to register (207) 394-2171


Enjoy a hike or sign up for our Cross-country Ski Clinic II – Sunday, February 15, 2:30 – 4:30 pm Bring your success story, questions and concerns about your ski practice to this follow up cross-county ski clinic with Maine Master Guide and Ski instructor Karen Francoeur. All levels are welcome!

Ski throughout the interpretive trails of the Refuge learn about nature while getting some healthy exercise! Improve upon your techniques and enjoy après–ski coco next to the campfire. Trail information will be provided to prepare for a winter of fun and exploration! Learning to ski or improving your ski technique let’s you enjoy the winter more! Meet at Gate 1, next to Rt. 43. Call to register by February 13, 207-394-2171

Orono Land Trust member and Hirundo Wildlife Refuge members receive a 50% discount for both clinics. Penobscot Valley Ski Club members will receive a 20% discount. Non-members: $20 Donation.

Hands-on science – How many different skeletons are in an owl pellet? – Sunday March 15, 1-3 pm

Come and find out! Learn about the dietary preferences of owls, their role in the ecosystem, and the animals they eat. We will be dissecting owl pellets and re-constructing (the best we can) the skeletons discovered. This is an ecology and anatomy lesson in one. Curiosity and some patience required! Call 207-394-2171 for registration by February 14. Cost: $5
Location: TBA