Calendar of Events


The early Nov. snowstorm littered many recreational trails with fallen trees and branches. Work has started on clean-up. Stewards would appreciate any help they can get.

  1. Kris Sornberger will organize a clean-up, Sunday 11/9/14 at the Caribou Bog Conservation Area with volunteers meeting at 9:00 A.M. at the parking area.  Bring loppers, hand saws, a good folding hand saw goes a long way.  He has already organized a chain saw crew and need volunteers to help with clearing the trail.
  2. Mike Opitz will start cleaning the yellow blazed trail on PKCA starting at 9 AM Sunday 11/9/14.  Meet him at the end of Penobscot Street. The yellow blaze trail start about 500 ft from the start of the white trail. If you cannot make it at 9 AM, join him, follow the sound from his chain saw to find him. We will be working on Trail 11 beyond the cellar hole. You may bring a hand saw or loppers, but helping just clearing the trail by removing cut branches would be a great help. Bring work gloves.
  3. If time, day or location is not convenient you can help by just picking up falling branches and debris and throw it off your  favorite  walking, hiking or biking trail  into the woods at your own convenient time and area.  The stewards of the area appreciate any help they can get.


Hirundo Events (

Sunday, November 9 from 1 – 2:30 pm – Reading the Landscape

How about a new perspective for your next hike in the forest or across a field? Accompany Larry Beauregard on his walk across the Refuge and learn how to recognize signs of human impact on the landscape.

Larry’s presentation focuses on forest succession and how various disturbances, natural and man-made, influence the forest that we see around us. Meet at the Parker Reed shelter, accessible by Gate 1. Reservation requested by November 8, call 394-2171. Suggested donation $5 per adult, school-aged children are free.

Larry Beauregard is a retired geneticist who is now pursuing his interest in learning about the forests of Maine. He serves as a volunteer here at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge and as a mentor in the Maine Master Naturalist Program. He is the Penobscot Valley Chapter Leader for the Small Woodland Association of Maine and is currently a student in the University of Maine School of Forest Resources.

Sunday, November 16 at 3 pm – Quadcopter Demonstration

Due to the snowstorm early this month the Quadcopter demonstration has been re-scheduled to Sunday, November 16th!
Join Sam Hess, Professor of Physics at UMaine, learn about this fascinating technology and see the Refuge, and yourself, through the bird’s-eye-view. Meet at the Parker Reed shelter inside the Refuge. Enter through Gate 1


Gateway Seniors Without Walls Hikes:

Here are the hikes/talks of potential interest for Orono Land Trust members.   Anyone interested should register at 889-3031 or on the website or by email

Gateway @OTPL: The Secret Life of Beavers  (Wednesday, November 19, 1 to 2 pm, Old Town Library, 46 Middle St.)   Naturalist Gudrun Keszocze will speak and show slides.  Register at Old Town Public Library at 827-3972.