Jeremy Sheets, a mammalogist with Orbis Environmental Consulting out of South Bend, will be conducting surveys for small mammals: bats, mice, moles, voles, shrews, etc in the Ecoblitz area from Friday, October 3 through Monday, October 6. We are borrowing 60 live catch traps from Indiana State University for these surveys and will need the help of volunteers in setting and checking these traps throughout this weekend, and particularly on Friday and Sunday afternoons. We will also be conducting some mist netting for migrating bats in the valleys of the Main Branch of Honey Creek and East Branch of Honey Creek.
If you are interested in volunteering, please email Audrey Moore at ifa.director@gmail, and plan to meet at the Weaver Tree Plantation (directions below) at one or more of these survey days and times:
Friday, October 3rd, 1:00pm
Friday, October 3rd, 6:30pm
Saturday, October 4th, 9:00am
Saturday, October 4th, 3:00pm
Saturday October 4th, 6:30pm
Sunday, October 5th, 9:00am
Sunday, October 5th, 3:00pm
Sunday, October 5th, 6:30pm
Monday, October 6th, 9:00am
Monday, October 6th, 3:00am
Monday, October 6th, 6:30pm
*Morning and afternoon surveys last a few hours and will be consist of setting and checking traps; evening surveys are for mist-netting for bats and are a 5-hour block*
We will not be providing food, water, or toilet facilities for these surveys, so please come prepared! Please also bring adequate personal accessories (including insect repellent, sun protection, first aid, toilet paper, a flashlight, compass, and rain gear) and dress appropriately for the backcountry. Please watch for communications from us in case inclement weather forces a postponement of this weekend’s activities.
Directions to the Ecoblitz Area: The Ecoblitz Area is in the heart of the Morgan Monroe-Yellowwood State Forest Back Country Area which lies on the eastern side of Low Gap Road primarily in Morgan Monroe State Forest. From Bloomington, take Old 37 (off Walnut Street at the north end of Bloomington) east off Walnut Street at the northern end of Bloomington, (right if you’re coming from Bloomington) – at the traffic light at the bottom of the long hill. At 5 miles from this light, turn east off of Old 37 onto Anderson Road. Take Anderson road 5.6 miles to Low Gap Road and turn left on Low Gap Road. This is where Anderson Road makes a sharp turn to the right (south) heading toward Lake Lemon’s North Shore. Drive 1.8 miles north on Low Gap Road to the Weaver Plantation, our Headquarters/Base Camp. There will be a large routed sign for the Weaver Plantation on your left.
To get to the Ecoblitz Area from points north, take St. Rd. 37 south from I-465 on the southside of Indianapolis. At Martinsville, go down the long hill and across a flat 0.5-1 mile long straight of way to the stop light at “Mahalasville Road” where you will turn left. At this intersection across Mahalasville Road, there is a Shell Station/Circle K on the left and a Walgreens on the right side of 37, so slow down and get in the left turning lane of 37 as you approach this intersection. Drive 2.8 miles east and south on Mahalasville Road (past Cramertown Road) to Low Gap Road. Turn right on Low Gap Road. You will then drive 5.9 miles south on Low Gap Road to the Weaver Plantation on your right. You go past Baker Road on the right and Downey Road on the left and up the hill into Morgan Monroe State Forest past the Orcutt Road/Shipman Ridge which is gated on your left side. Drive 1.2 miles further south to the Weaver Plantation on your right, stopping at our Headquarters/Base Camp.
Cell phone reception is spotty in this area. Nevertheless if you get lost, call Myke Luurtsema at 812-361-9167 or Audrey Moore at 317-777-0315.