The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge will host a late fall visit to the Fred Loetscher Bird Blind at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by an open house at the Mary Ashby Cheek Nature Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Birding in the Blind will give participants a chance to view birds that frequent the area "up close and personal" through a one-way glass in the heated comfort of the blind. As the leaves begin to fall from the trees, birds become easier to spot. The session will be led by Jane Brantley. Some of the species expected to be seen are chickadees, finches, juncos, nuthatches, woodpeckers and wrens. The squirrels and chipmunks are likely to be active, as well. Binoculars are welcome but are not required to enjoy the birds. Meet at the refuge parking lot.
At 10 a.m., the Mary Ashby Cheek Nature Center will open for visitors, and will be open until 2 p.m. The education center houses information about plants and animals that may be seen at the refuge, including examples of bird feathers and nests, rocks an insect display, educational materials for teachers, posters and maps. Jane and J.P. Brantley, education directors, will be on hand to answer questions about the refuge. Teachers, homeschoolers and other group leaders considering field trips to the refuge are encouraged to attend and preview the educational materials and the trails prior to scheduling their visits. Travel grants of up to $150 are available for school groups that come to the refuge.