What has become a popular tradition will be repeated 10 a.m. Saturday at as the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge hosts the second Spring Wildflower Walk. The walk will be on the Martha B. Clay Wildflower Trail, which begins near the North Rolling Fork, just past the first bridge on Carpenters Creek Road off Ky. 37. Parking is available in a field across Carpenter Creek Road from the trail.
Martha Bisset Clay was one of the founders of the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge and a renowned expert on flowers, both wild and domestic, who always referred to them by their Latin names.
The walk will be led by Anne Lubbers, professor of biology at Centre College. The easy, half-mile trail includes both cliffside and riverside segments. The weather forecast looks good for an outburst of spring blossoms. Participants should wear sturdy, comfortable shoes and long socks that can be stretched over pants, in case ticks are active. Much of the walk is in the shadow of a hillside, so it tends to be cooler there than in more open spaces.
Immediately following Saturday’s walk, participants are encouraged to join Lubbers in a garlic mustard pull, part of an effort to eradicate this invasive species at the refuge and elsewhere in the area. Not only do these weeds choke out native wildflowers, they also excrete chemicals through their roots that further prevent wildflower growth. Participants are encouraged to bring gloves.
Also on Saturday, volunteers are needed from noon to 2 p.m. for the second Volunteer Work Day. Tasks will include removal of several items: invasive species (autumn olive, bush honeysuckle, and garlic mustard), brush on the dams at Island Pond and Woodland Pond, and old barbed-wire fencing. No special skills are needed to help with this project. Volunteers should wear long pants and closed-toed shoes and bring insect repellent, work gloves, drinking water and a lopper or pruner.
The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge is a 500-acre preserve in the Parksville knob land and bordering a stretch of the beautiful North Rolling Fork. It is on Carpenter Creek Road off Kentucky 37 about a mile west of where Kentucky 1822 meets Kentucky 37.
It includes 10 trails, ranging in length from less than a half-mile to 2.2 miles and in difficulty from easy to strenuous, four ponds, a bird blind, an education center/pavilion, and an observation gazebo. The refuge, founded in 1965, is a non-profit organization and relies on donations and volunteers for upkeep. More information about the refuge can be found at www.ckwr.org.
IF YOU GO
Anyone interested in volunteering at the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge Saturday is asked to call Rose-Marie Roessler, refuge land manager, at (859) 332-2220 so that she may plan the volunteer schedule.