The Beauty of Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge

Spring has Sprung

When I arrived at the Refuge for the Nature Center Open House on Saturday, I heard a Red-bellied Woodpecker drumming and a couple of Canada Geese calling as they flew toward Island Pond. As I walked up the trail to the pavilion, there were lots of patches of green and even a bud or two. When I arrived, the Eastern Phoebe was busily building her annual nest there. As usual, she continued to work as people came and went, squawking all the while.
It was a very nice day and five groups, ranging from 1 to 9 people, stopped by to say “hello” and look around.

The first Spring Wildflower Walk is this Saturday, March 28, at 10:00 am at the Martha Bissett Clay Wildflower Trail to the right after crossing the bridge over the North Rolling Fork. Parking is available in the field off to the left a little further up the hill. Watch for the sign.
The weather may be a little nippy, but there should be lots of early spring growth to see. Rob Pendygraft, retired caretaker of the Refuge, will lead the walk.

The second Wildflower Walk is Saturday, April 11, same time and place. There will also be a Nature Center Open House that day: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, not to mention a Garlic Mustard Pull. Stay tuned for more information.

JP Brantley
Education Director

In April, you can roll up your sleeves and trim back some invasive species or whatever else Land Manager Rose-Marie Roessler deems needs tackling.
The dates are April 18 and May 2. All days are from 10 a.m. to noon. Please try to attend.CKWR spring 2015 work days


Saturday, April 11, will be a busy day at the Refuge:
Spring Wildflower Walk #2 (10:00 am), Garlic Mustard Pull (following the walk), and Nature Center Open House 10 am to 2 pm.

The Wildflower Walk is on the Martha Clay Wildflower Trail, just past the first bridge on Carpenter Creek Rd. off KY 37. Parking will be available in the field on the left side of the road just past the Trail entrance and at the main entrance to the Refuge. Dr. Anne Lubbers, Professor of Biology at Centre College and an expert on plant ecology, will lead the walk.

Immediately following that event, Dr. Lubbers will lead a Garlic Mustard Pull along the roadway toward the main Refuge entrance. Bring a good pair of garden gloves. Instructions will be provided.
For both events, wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and dress for the weather.
During and after the wildflower walk and pull, the Cheek Nature Center will be open for visitors (10:00 am to 2:00 pm). Drop by and see the exhibits, ask questions about the Refuge, and take a rest stop.

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.