Hirundo Wildlife Refuge invites everyone to join them at their Open House scheduled for Saturday, September 9 from 10 a..m to 3 p.m. The entrance for the Open House is located at Gate 1, 1107 West Old Town Road, Old Town.

Canoe races for individuals in either standard sized canoes or war canoes as well as a family race are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Canoes and equipment will be available free of charge. Other fun activities include guided trail tours, nature bingo and a campfire (weather permitting).

Hirundo is a 2,400 acre nature preserve, spanning Pushaw and Dead Streams, Lac d’Or (lake), vast wetlands, including domed bog, Silver Maple Floodplain Forest, mixed hardwood and evergreen forests. Only 10 miles from the University of Maine’s Orono campus, visitors paddle canoes free of charge and watch playful river otters, breeding Wood Ducks, Bald Eagles, and Osprey in the tranquil beauty. While hiking, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing, one might encounter moose, deer, red fox, muskrat, beaver, mink, otter, black bear, bobcat, fisher, and ermine.

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