The Beauty of Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge



In the winter, leafless trees do not provide the normal cover for birds and food is hard to find, so the regularly stocked feeders at the Fred Loetscher Bird Blind are an important source of food for both residents and the occasional migrant. Join us this Saturday (January 24) at 9:00 am for an opportunity to see lots of birds up close in the comfort of our heated blind. Bring your own binoculars or use one of our “loaners.” We will meet at the Refuge parking lot.

In February the Refuge will participate in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Great Backyard Bird Count each of its four days: Friday-Monday, February 13-16, at 9:00 am. For more information about the Count and how you can participate at home, go to

Caution: The Refuge closes at dusk each day. During the late fall and winter, please leave by 5:30 pm.

The Wildlife Refuge Now Has a Facebook Page

From Facebook, Search for Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge and click on the one that has 600 Carpenter Creek Road as its address.

Once there, Like us and let us know what you would like to see on Facebook and/or the website, share comments and/or photos, etc.

Fall Work Days Announced

If you would like to help with Refuge upkeep and have a wonderful time in the outdoors at the same time, here’s your chance.
All dates and times are Saturday, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm and
all needed materials will be provided.

The dates and tasks are:
September 20 – Finish the weather sealant on benches and bridges
October 11 – cut back Autumn Olive
October 25 – cut back Autumn Olive

For more information, contact

42 Enjoy Annual Members Picnic on Saturday, August 23

The annual Members Picnic included lots of visiting, sandwiches from Junction City Produce and More, and reports from Emily Toadvine, President; J. P. and Jane Brantley, Education Directors; Rose-Marie Roessler, Land Manager; and Aaron Roessler, Caretaker. We also heard from Michael Hamm, Treasurer, who reminded us that annual memberships run from April 1 – March 31, although donations are welcome any time of the year (and can be made on the website).

Following the “formal” meeting, Linda Porter led the dedication of our new Monarch Way Station on Bluebird Trail.

A Reminder:
2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge, so there are some exciting things to look forward to next year.