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Rare INdiana Walk

Talk a walk with us!

June 25th, 2017
McVey Memorial Forest – Farmland, IN

WIPB-TV and Red-tail Land Conservancy will team up for a “Rare Indiana Nature Walk” on June 25 at McVey Memorial Forest, just north of Farmland in Randolph County.

The free walk will begin at 4 p.m. at the main parking lot off Hwy 1.

This 293-acre nature preserve is a wonderful example of upland forest, river bottom, prairie, and wetlands, as well as a 30 year restoration project. Bush Creek meanders through the woods to the Mississinewa River. The property’s trails traverse the hardwood forest over bridges and varied terrain. The McVey Memorial Forest is also adjacent to hundreds of acres of DNR forest, making this area one of the largest wildlife corridors in East Central Indiana.  

The moderate hike will last about 60 minutes over varied terrain.  Guests should wear walking shoes and long pants.  Water and bug spray are also recommended.    

This will be a perfect time to snap some photos for WIPB-TV’s “Rare Indiana Finds” photo contest!

For more info, contact Community Engagement Coordinator Michelle Kinsey at mkinsey@nullbsu.edu. For more about McVey, go to http://www.fortheland.org/mcvey/

Author, conservationist and National Geographic Fellow, Sartore has traveled to nearly 40 countries to photograph 6,395 species for the Photo Ark to date, including 576 amphibians, 1,839 birds, 716 fish, 1,123 invertebrates, 896 mammals, and 1,245 reptiles in captivity. When complete the Photo Ark will be one of the most comprehensive records of the world’s biodiversity. Through RARE, audiences can journey with Sartore across the globe—to Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania—to chronicle his experiences…

Rare Indiana Events:

June 25 – “Rare Indiana Walk,” led by Red-Tail Land Conservancy at McVey Memorial Forest in Randolph County. This free event is open to all and would be a perfect opportunity for snapping some cool nature photos for “Rare Indiana Finds,” a photo contest that encourages everyone to get outside and capture, on camera, creatures big and small.

July 11 – Preview screening of “RARE – Creatures of the Photo Ark” at the Cope Environmental Center, Centerville. Free and open to the public. Screening will be followed by a discussion, led by a Cope environmental expert, about an endangered species in that area.

Aug. 1 – Deadline for photo submissions.

Aug. (Date TBD) – A Rare Indiana Walk at the Hayes Arboretum, Richmond. Led by experts there. Free and open to the public.

Oct. 4 – Opening of Rare Indiana Finds exhibit during ArtsWalk at MadJax, downtown Muncie (confirmation pending).

About Rare Indiana:

Did you know that more than 1,000 different amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals are considered endangered, threatened or rare in Indiana according to the Indiana Natural Heritage Data Center?

In fact, each county in WIPB-TV’s viewing area has a comprehensive list of its own.

WIPB will focus its documentary lens on several of these endangered, threatened and rare species throughout east central Indiana for “RARE in Indiana,” a project that will include digital content, a photo exhibit, nature walks and much more.

This project, made possible with a grant from WGBH, is in conjunction with the upcoming PBS program “RARE – Creatures of the Photo Ark,” premiering in July on WIPB.

To show the importance of preserving and protecting these “RARE” animals for future generations, WIPB-TV and its partners will create educational videos of these animals in eight of our counties. Each video will include local experts on these animals, such as Tim Carter, a Ball State University professor whose work is centered on endangered or threatened bat species. Combined, the videos will create a 30-minute special to air on WIPB.   

WIPB will also partner with Gordy Fine Art & Framing, Red-Tail Land Conservancy, Hayes Arboretum and Cope Environmental Center for preview screenings of “RARE – Creatures of the Photo Ark,” nature photo walks and a photo contest/exhibit.

For more information about submitting photos, participating in one of the walks or attending one of the preview screenings, contact Community Engagement Coordinator Michelle Kinsey at (765) 285-5887.

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