Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, located off Rte. 43 in Alton, will hold its first ever Winter Family Day from  10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16.

This event offers a great line-up of programs and activities for all ages and abilities. Karen Francoeur of Castine Kayak Adventures will initiate the newcomers to the art of cross-country skiing (rentals available at Maine Bound).

Also, Hirundo will present two environmental programs. “Survival Adaptations of Animals in Winter” introduces 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 (limited number of snowshoes available), and precision by throwing snowballs at a target.

Tired? Take a break by the campfire; warm up with hot chocolate and s’mores. Better yet, plan to spend the day. Pack a lunch and enjoy it next to the fireplace inside the 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. No matter which activity you choose – it will be fun. Visit www.hirundomaine.org for more information.

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