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


The Nature Center Open House at the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, has been cancelled due to snow and icy road conditions.

Surely things will be better by March 21, when the next one is scheduled.

JP and Jane Brantley, Education Directors

Open Houses at the Mary Ashby Cheek Nature Center – March 21, April 11, and May 16 and 30 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Stop by and enjoy the nature displays and photos, activities for children, and the rest room, open only during such public events.

Spring Wildflower Walks on the Martha Bissett Clay Wildflower Trail – March 28 and April 11 – 10:00 am – park in the field to the left just up the hill from the bridge over the North Rolling Fork.

Caution: The Refuge closes at dusk each day. During the 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.