Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Open House and Art Exhibit

The hermit thrush, our bird ambassador.

The hermit thrush, our bird ambassador.

The Refuge will celebrate the 23nd anniversary of International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 21, 2016.  The theme for 2016 IMBD is “Spread Your Wings for Bird Conservation.”

Activities will begin at 7:30 AM with an orientation at the refuge headquarters.  All birding participants will return to the refuge HQ by 11:30 AM to tally results and have lunch.

The refuge will continue its efforts to document species on the refuge via the refuge trails and waterways using boats and if there is a demand using canoes and kayaks as well.  We will record all species and as many individuals within those species as we can and then tally the results over a light lunch.

At approximately 1:00 PM we will have a presentation by Boomer Malanchuk, a graduate student at SUNY Plattsburgh.  His topic will be “Waterfowl Nest Box Cavity Research on the Refuge.”

Also, the opening of the “Art on the Refuge” art exhibit will take place at 10:00 AM.  The exhibit will continue until July 16.  Artists are asked to submit paintings, photos, etc., of birds that are found on the refuge.  (Click here for a list of birds.)  Artists who wish to enter works in the exhibit can click here to download full instructions and participation form.

Art can also be viewed and purchased during normal office hours through July 22, 2016, Monday to Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Please call 802-868-4781 to register for this activity.   Also please check back closer to the event date for any changes/additions to the schedule.


Artists who wish to enter works in the exhibit can click here to download Full Instructions and Participation Form

Also, click here for a List of Birds Seen on the Refuge

If you have any questions, please contact:
Carol Yarnell: 802-324-6939; or artshow@friendsofmissisquoi.org