Guided Hike at Pilot Knob National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, September 21 and Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Pilot Knob Hike Join Mingo National Wildlife Refuge staff and volunteers for a unique opportunity to experience Pilot Knob Mountain.

 

9:00 am-1:00 pm each day

Space is limited to 20 people for each hike; participants must pre-register to reserve their spot for the hike by calling Mingo National Wildlife Refuge at 573-222-3589. Hikers will walk up steep terrain with loose rock and uneven footing. Participants must be physically able to make this hike. Details on schedule and meeting location will be provided to registered participants. 
 
During the hike, staff and volunteers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will discuss how past mining has created critical habitat for endangered Indiana and Northern Long Ear bats. This important refuge with its unique geology and mining history provided hibernation habitat that continues today.  
 
Pilot Knob National Wildlife Refuge is located in Arcadia Valley near the junction of Missouri Route 21 and Missouri Hwy W. Pilot Knob National Wildlife Refuge is managed by the staff at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. Pilot Knob National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1987. This 90-acre refuge located at the top of Pilot Knob Mountain was a donation from the Pilot Knob Ore Company. After being heavily mined in the 1800s, the iron mine shafts became less active with miners and more active with a different critter….Bats! Upon establishment of the refuge, the mission became to protect the important hibernation sites in the abandoned mine shafts for the federally-endangered Indiana bat and other bat species. To avoid risk of disturbing the refuge environment and of spreading diseases to bats, the refuge is typically closed to all public access.