The Beauty of Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge

Current and Upcoming Events

Today (Friday) is the first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count. It continues on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (through February 15). If you would like to join us at the Refuge any or all of the remaining days, meet in the parking lot at 9:00 am. We’ll spend about half an hour counting the birds that come to the feeders at the (heated) Fred Loetscher Bird Blind.
We saw at least 184 individuals of 15 different bird species in our visit to the Fred Loetscher Bird Blind from 9:00-9:30 am this morning.
Here’s the count list.
8 Northern Cardinals, 1 Carolina Chickadee, 3 Mourning Doves, 6 Purple Finches, 100+ American Goldfinches (!), 2 Blue Jays, 30 Dark-eyed Juncos, 2 White-breasted Nuthatches, 1 Fox Sparrow, 3 Song Sparrows, 20 White-throated Sparrows, 2 Tufted Titmice, 2 Downy Woodpeckers, 2 Hairy Woodpeckers, and 3 Red-bellied Woodpeckers.
Upcoming Events
There are two open houses at the Cheek Nature Center scheduled for March: Saturday, March 12 and 26, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Come see the displays, warm up a bit, and take an indoor bathroom break.
We can also look forward to the two Spring Wildflower Walks on the Martha Clay Wildflower Trail: Saturday, March 26 and April 9, at 10:00 am.
As usual, there should be major changes in the vegetation along the trail, so attending both days is both enjoyable and enlightening.
JP and Jane Brantley, Education Directors

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an excellent telescope provided by amateur astronomer Tom Bryant. Gather at 8:30 pm in the parking lot. Bring a flashlight and wear long pants and sturdy, close-toed shoes. Insect repellent is advised.

JP Brantley
Education Director


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.