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About the Friends...
Over the years, small groups of Refuge supporters have worked on projects such as building trails, surveying wildlife and eradicating invasive species. As the numbers of volunteers grew, so did the desire to do more…for both the Refuge and our communities.
In 2009, a group of these dedicated volunteers teamed with the Conservation Law Center at Indiana University and decided to incorporate as a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area. The Friends of the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge was born! In 2010 the group received tax exempt status as a 501(c)3 public charity.
Today, the Friends are still building trails and fighting invasive species on the Refuge, but they're also planning for the future. You're seeing more of the Friends out in the Community: offering programs and activities, and educating the public about this special place and what it has to offer. We hope you'll come out to a program or join us for a work session. We're always looking for a few more Friends!
Peent! An Evening with Woodcocks
Saturday evening, March 10, and Sunday evening, March 11, the Refuge Friends will offer a unique birding experience for the whole family. Most outings aren’t focused on just one animal, but woodcocks are so neat they get a whole night all their own!
Just what is a “Peent”? It’s the sound made by male woodcocks while performing their courtship ritual flights. Join local art teacher and excellent birder, Jeremy Ross, at Boyd’s Trail parking lot on Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge at 7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central for a brief presentation on the woodcock. Then, we’ll walk over to Maxey Marsh Trail and hope the woodcocks are in the mood to put on a good show.
This event is open to all, regardless of age or experience. Yet, since this is an event in the evening that is dependent on a fairly quiet environment, parents are encouraged to stay with their children. Consider arriving early to enjoy the sunset and walk some trails.
Directions: From SR 357 (Main St.) in Oakland City, go east on SR 64 one mile to CR 1275E (look for Refuge sign). Turn left (north) on 1275E. Follow the signs to Snakey Point Marsh and continue on to the parking lot on the left at Boyd’s Trail.
Have questions or need directions? Look us up on Facebook @PatokaRefugeFriends or call 812-569-4009.
Local Historian to Tell Tales
The Friends of The Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge invite you to a presentation by local historian, geographer and story teller, Tom Mosley, on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Central time.
Tom will discuss some historically important geographical, social, political and economic features of the area that make the Refuge such an interesting place to visit. The impact of Indians, settlers, trappers, slaves, soldiers, and politicians will be discussed as we walk the same paths that they did. We will meet on the site where one of our true heroes is buried.
The outing will be physically easy. From Oakland City, drive east on State Road 64 and follow the brown Snakey Point signs. Turn left (north) on CR 1275 E. Continue to follow the Snakey Point signs until you reach County Road 75 S. From there, follow the special event signs to the destination. If it is raining, the program will be rescheduled for April 14th. For further information, call 812.677.2318 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out our HAPPENINGS page to learn more about what's going on at Patoka River NWR!
2018 Board of Directors
Nancy Gehlhausen, President
David Howell, Vice President
Thom Kinney, Treasurer
Sue Vernier, Secretary
Who are the Friends of the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge?
The Friends of the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge are neighbors, visitors, families, and individuals...people just like you who enjoy being outdoors and are curious about our natural world...people who value having open spaces and natural habitats for native plants, wildlife, and people!