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Friday, May 25, 2018

Birding Around Kentucky

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Why Go Birding?

Migratory birds are a sign of spring and provide clues to the health of our environment. The practice of bird watching also forces us to slow down and be present with our kiddos. Explore a local trail and see how many birds you can identify together.  It is a fun activity that does not require a lot of planning or equipment!

How Do We Get Started?

Before considering where you even go, visit this Nature Conservancy website and print off mnemonic device cheat sheets.  Download the FREE Merlin Bird ID app to listen to their recorded calls ahead of time. You can even encourage your kids to practice their mnemonic devices to the recordings as preparation for your trip.  Take the advice of Audubon and use common birds like the Robin to practice listening for birds before you see them.

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Grab a pair (or even better, multiple pairs) of binoculars and head to a local trail.  Monoculars are recommended for children, but they are not necessary.  It is more fun when more than one person can look for a bird at the same time, so bring extras if you can.

Don’t have binoculars?

Often parks like McConnell Springs in Lexington have binoculars that they will lend to guests. Helpful hint: for less stress and quicker sighting, stick to areas near water. 

Where To Go Besides Your Backyard?

Eastern Kentucky

May 26 | Red River Gorge | Red River Gorge Bird Walk | 7:30-3pm

Any time | Daniel Boone National Forest | Flat Woods Trail

Central Kentucky

June 2 | Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest | Birding at Bernheim: Exploring Habitats | 8am

June 10 | Falls of the Ohio State Park (Almost Kentucky) | Family Nature Club - Birding | 2-3pm

June 16 | Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park | Camp Nelson Bird Walk | 7:30 – 12:30pm

Anytime | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill | Heritage Trail

Anytime | Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge | Blue Bird Trail | While you are there... visit Danville

Western Kentucky

June 9, July 14, August 11 | KY Dam Village State Resort Park | Sunset Birding Trip to KY Dam | 6:30pm

For more information about Kentucky’s Birding hotspots visit the Audubon site here. Have more suggestions for our followers or birding events you would like to promote?  Let us know in the comments below.

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