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Did you see an otter, or an eagle? Share the sighting and location with others, so they can share in the fun, too. CONTACT US to let us know!
Visit The Refuge!
Interactive maps and PDF versions are available on our VISIT page!
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! Evening with Woodcocks
Saturday evenings, March 2 and March 9, 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 us at Boyd’s Trail parking lot on Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge at 6:00 p.m. Central (7:00 p.m. Eastern) 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 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.
Check our HAPPENINGS page to learn more about what's going on at Patoka River NWR!
2019 Board of Directors
Lewis Cline, Vice President
Nancy Gehlhausen, President
Julie Loehr, Secretary
Steve Nelson, Treasurer
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!