Events

2021 Calendar of Events:

Bird Walk at Eagle Point, June 5th, 2021, 8am- Pre-Registration is Required! Click here for  Info and Directions to 2021 Bird Walk at Eagle Point National Wildlife Refuge

Join the Friends of the Missisquoi NWR (Friends) and co-host, the Memphremagog Watershed  Association (MWA) for a morning of birding and exploration. We will gather at the Eagle Point grass  trail head (near the old homestead turnout) as we enjoy the musical sounds of grassland birds and  fancy flight of tree swallows nesting in the area. A good place to take a peek at osprey nests and  there are sure to be a few surprises.  

This is an adventure for all - from first time to experienced birders. Along the way, the Friends will  conduct an annual bird count and share their joy of birding. Always helpful pointing out and assisting  folks with identification of the sights and sounds. Everyone's eyes & ears add to the experience! The  unique mix of habitats - grassland, northern hardwood forest, hemlock seepage forest, diverse  wetland complex, to name a few - makes this an exciting place to “bird”.  

THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT. So come prepared for the weather. The walk is over uneven  ground and places along the trail may be muddy or wet. Passing along a friendly reminder from the  Vermont Dept of Health - check for ticks whenever you’ve been wandering about! There are no  facilities on the property. It is carry-in and carry-out. You may find it handy to have binoculars.  

This year due to COVID-19, there are some additional health protocols. Please plan to wear your face  covering.  

Friends of the Missisquoi are managing the registration process via EventBrite.  The online system registration opens early May. Limited number of participants.  Check the Friends website http://friendsofmissisquoi.org Upcoming events or Calendar page.  

For more information about the event, please contact MWA at memphremagogwatershedassociation@gmail.com or leave a message at 802.487.0160 (be sure to include your name & phone number in your message).


The MAC Center for the Arts will host a new exhibit entitled: Ecosystem Services Through an Artist’s Eye, which is a collaborative event with the Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District and the Memphremagog Watershed Association and underwritten by a grant from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.  The show will be open to the public from June 4th to July 3rd in the Downstairs Connection at the MAC, 158 Main Street, Newport.

Ecosystem services are defined as “the benefits provided by ecosystems to humans.”  Many key ecosystem services - such as nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, pest regulation and pollination - sustain agricultural productivity, so farmers often take on the role of stewards of ecosystem services.  Currently in Vermont, we do not have a comprehensive way to monitor, evaluate, and monetize the ecosystem services provided by agriculture.  The theme of this year’s conservation art show will raise awareness of this emerging field of environmental economics and acknowledge the work that farmers are doing to sustain and enhance the ecosystems of the NEK.

The unique exhibition features artwork from around the state specifically focusing on the concept of ecosystem services, and will be on display at the MAC Center for the Arts in Newport from June 4th to July 3rd.  The exhibit is free and open to the public during the regular business hours at MAC, Tuesday - Saturday, 10-5.  For more information please visit www.maccenterforthearts.com, call 802-334-1966, or contact Emily Finnegan at 802-624-7022 or emily.finnegan@vt.nacdnet.net.


COME TO A BOARD MEETING: the first Wednesday of the month, 4:30-6:00 pm

Event information will be updated as available