The Friends of Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge presents author and columnist Sharon Sorenson as she talks about the benefits of gardening with native plants.
From 4/20/23 press release: The Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge would like to announce a special event at the Cane Ridge Wildlife Management Area to celebrate migratory birds on May 5 from 9:00 am–1:00 pm central time. At the event, visitors will be guided to selected areas of Cane Ridge that are normally closed to the public to view migratory birds that are using the managed wetlands. Experienced birdwatchers, Refuge staff and volunteers will be located at these areas to assist with bird identification and discuss bird migration, habitat management and Refuge regulations. No formal programs or presentations will be made, just a casual opportunity to view birds and visit with Refuge staff, volunteers and other birding enthusiasts. Refuge staff and volunteers will be on site from 9:00 am-1:00 pm central time, and participants may come by anytime during that time window, starting at the Observation Deck parking lot. There is limited parking at the Observation Deck so visitors may be required to park and walk a distance to the Observation Deck area.
Cane Ridge has been designated by the National Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area, because of the diversity of habitat found there and its importance to migratory birds. Event participants should expect to see a variety of species of waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds.
Cane Ridge is located in Gibson County just south of Gibson Lake on County Road 1075W. From State HWY 64 heading west from Princeton Indiana, turn south onto State HWY 65, travel 1.3 miles and turn west on CR125 S. Drive 2.25 miles on CR 125 S to CR 850W, turn left on CR 850W, then turn right on CR 150S and follow to the Observation Deck at Cane Ridge.
Contact the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters at 812-749-3199 for more information.
Patoka River NWR Birding Hike sponsored and led by the Ohio Valley Birding Festival
7 A.M. Meet at Boyd Woods on the Refuge
Oakland City, Indiana
Approximately 2-3 hours
Sturdy Shoes Recommended
Join us for a birding walk through Boyd Woods in search of warblers and other migratory songbirds. We'll continue the hike past Snakey Point Marsh for possible views of waterfowl and marsh birds, and end at a little-visited portion of the Columbia Mine Preserve to look for grassland sparrows.
Directions: East on SR 64 out of Oakland City one mile from SR 357 (Main Street) to CR 1275E (look for refuge sign). Turn left and follow signs to Snakey Point Marsh and continue on to the parking lot on the left at Boyd Woods (Maxey Marsh on the right). https://www.evvaudubon.org/copy-of-ovbf
2023 Ohio Valley Birding Festival - Friday, April 28 Patoka River NWR Birding Hike 7 A.M. --Meets at Boyd Woods, Oakland City, IN. Approx. 2-3 hrs.; Sturdy shoes are recommended.
Join us for a birding walk through Boyd Woods in search of warblers and other migratory songbirds. We’ll continue the hike past Snakey Point Marsh for possible views of waterfowl and marsh birds, and end at a little-visited portion of Columbia Mine Preserve to look for grassland sparrows. Directions: East on SR 64 out of Oakland City 1 mile from SR 357 (Main) to CR 1275E (look for Refuge sign). Turn left and follow signs to Snakey Point Marsh and continue on to parking lot on left at Boyd Woods (Maxey Marsh on the right).
Additional information on the Ohio Valley Birding Festival can be found in the file below:
The Mammals Program (see 5/15/22 post below for details) has been rescheduled for Monday, June 13 at 5:30 pm CDT.
The Friends of Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge will sponsor a program about bluebirds on Saturday, June 4, at 9:00 AM CDT (10:00 AM Eastern). In case of inclement weather, the program will be rescheduled to June 11, same time, same place (watch for notices on Facebook or the website). Besides the life history of the bluebird, retired school teacher, Jerry Hunefeld, will include information he has learned through 45 years of maintaining a bluebird trail in southwestern Dubois County.
The hour-long program will take place on the Refuge at the Boyds Trail parking lot, just east of Snakey Point Marsh. At the conclusion of the presentation, there will be a drawing for some bluebird boxes which were constructed and donated to this event by the Friends of the Patoka River NWR.
To get to the Boyds Trail parking lot, head east on SR 64 through Oakland City. Just outside of the city, past the brown sign directing you to Snakey Point, turn left onto CR 1275E. In ½ mile, bear left onto paved CR 1300E; it will become gravel after a downhill. Continue one mile to the parking lot located on the left side of the road. There is additional parking on the right side as well.
There are currently nearly 60 wild mammal species in Indiana. Join us at Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge where we’ll take a closer look at a few of those found living within Refuge boundaries. Guest speaker, Julie Loehr, will share information on current distribution and status of certain endangered or rare species, as well as information on
mammal dental forms as a means of identification. We will 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 be at the outdoor classroom next to Boyd’s Trail. It will last about an hour and a half. Insect repellant is 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 sign directing you to Snakey Point, turn left onto CR 1275E. In 1/2 mile, bear left onto paved 1300E; it will become gravel. Continue one mile to the parking lot located on the left side of the road.
Friends Board Meeting