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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!
Reception for Bill McCoy - April 21
Bill McCoy, the Refuge Manager at Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge in Oakland City, retired on March 31st after a 48-year career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He has spent the last 28 years here at Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge in Pike and Gibson Counties where he served as the Refuge’s first and only Refuge Manager.
Please join us on Saturday, April 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Central Time at Wirth Park Community Center in Oakland City to celebrate Bill’s career and wish him an active and happy retirement. A presentation highlighting Bill’s career will start at 1:30 p.m. CT. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area.
If you plan on attending, please make a reservation with Rosalie at Rosalie_Mosley@fws.gov, or feel free to just stop by Wirth Park.
In Search of Spring Wildflowers - April 21
April showers bring wildflowers! Join Patoka River NWR volunteer, Linda Wilcox, and discover what is blooming on the Refuge on Saturday, April 21 (rain date, April 28) at 9:00 a.m. Central Time. Meet at the Boyd’s Trail parking lot and plan to drive or carpool to a designated location on the Refuge. Exploring will be off trail through the woods. Suitable clothing and shoes, as well as insect repellent, are suggested.
To get to the Boyd’s Trail parking lot, head east on SR 64 through Oakland City. Just outside of the city, past the brown Refuge sign, turn left on CR 1275E. In 1/2 mile, bear left on paved 1300E; it will become gravel. Continue one mile to the parking lot located on the left side of the road.
Mammals of Patoka River Refuge - May 5
There are currently nearly 60 wild mammal species in Indiana. Join us Saturday, May 5 at Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge where we’ll take a closer peek at a few of those found living within Refuge boundaries. The guest speaker will share information on current distribution and status of certain endangered or rare species, as well as information on mammal dental formulas as a means of identification. We'll have mammal skins on hand to identify and touch, and also a few mammal skulls to observe and study. Take-home handouts will be available, as well as hands-on mammal track identification fun.
The program will begin at 1:00 p.m. Central Time at the outdoor classroom next to Boyd’s Trail, and will last about an hour and a half. To get to the Boyd’s Trail parking lot, head east on SR 64 through Oakland City. Just outside the city past the brown sign, turn left on CR 1275E. In 1/2 mile, bear left on paved 1300E; it will become gravel. Continue one mile to the parking lot located on the left side of the road. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by calling the Refuge office at (812) 749-3199.
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!