June 27, 2018

Tonight marked the first night of the 2018 Bat surveys conducted on Big Oaks NWR. The surveys are acoustic and take 3 days to complete. A refuge staff member mounts an ANABAT device on the top of one of the refuge vehicles. After the acoustic device is in place, we dri...

June 12, 2018

Today marked the first day of the 2018 Henslow's Sparrow surveys at Big Oaks NWR. Each year, Big Oaks does 2 rounds of surveys for the Henslow's Sparrow. Each day of the survey, we must be at the site by 6 am, where we listen for the Henslow's Sparrow's call, and mark...

June 9, 2018

Today marked the 14th annual Outdoor Women at Big Oaks. This is one of the largest events to take place on Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge. This is a one day event, where women ages 12+ can participate in various outdoor classes and activities. The purpose of this ev...

June 4, 2018

Today I assisted Eldon Cutter setting up Gypsy moth traps around Big Oaks. Mr. Cutter works for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. He is part of a state-wide project geared toward the eradication of the Gypsy moth in the state of Indiana. Big Oaks NWR is just...

May 15, 2018

Today, Big Oaks hosted a Field Day for Madison Junior High. The students began their day at Karn's Pond, located in a grassland patch along the eastern perimeter, seen from Route 421. Karn's pond was built to help improve the population of the state endangered Crawfish...

May 8, 2018

Tonight during the weekly BOCS meeting, Rob Chapman, gave a presentation on the infamous black bear that wandered into the refuge in 2016. Rob has been with the Big Oaks for 2 years. He began his presentation with a little humor and background on his past experiences w...

May 6, 2018

Today we had the opportunity to go mushroom hunting around Big Oaks. It was my first time really going mushroom hunting, and I'm pleased to say it was a success! We found over 30 mushrooms! All yellow morels. When we started, I feared we wouldn't find more than a handf...

May 4, 2018

Big Oaks has partnered with Full Cycle Phenology Project with the Department of Biological Sciences for a project to collect more information on the American Kestrel in Indiana. The American Kestrel will be a model species for Full Cycle Phenology Project, to determine...

April 29, 2018

While out on the refuge today, I spotted a Scarlet Tanager! The Scarlet Tanager is such a beautiful bird. It is the most vibrant red body, with a striking contrast of black wings. No picture could ever do the Scarlet Tanager justice.I encourage any birder or wildlife e...

April 25, 2018

Today while doing more Crawfish Frog conservation management, I spotted a Henslow's Sparrow! I was on B Road. The Henslow's Sparrow was about 20 feet away from me, singing loudly in a small tree. I immediately pulled out my binoculars to get a closer view. It was a pic...

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