Fellow bird lovers, here’s something I know you’ll be interested in! Beautiful Barren River Lake State Resort Park (Lucas, KY) is hosting its Nature Watch Weekend from January 23 to January 27 (2019).
Each year, thousands of Sandhill Cranes make Barren River Lake a stop on their journey back home. Join fellow bird enthusiasts as you get up close to these beautiful cranes as they migrate through the area. Just imagine the photography opportunities.
Participants can register for one of two trips. The morning sunrise trip takes guests to the roosting site before sunrise to experience the beauty of the cranes leaving the roost as they journey to nearby cornfields to spend the day. The sunset trip begins by viewing the birds in the cornfields and ends at the roosting site so you may view the magnificence of thousands of cranes circling overhead as they get ready to settle down for the night.
Each of these trips will be lead by naturalists from the Kentucky Department of Parks.
Please note that the dates selected are based on historical records under normal weather conditions in January and past trends of the cranes’ arrival in this area. This narrow window of opportunity can vary by several days based on weather and the cranes’ migration schedule.
Registration is $45 per adult, $40 for seniors, and $30 per child 8-12 years old (must be at least 8 years old to go on van tours). The registration fee includes all educational sessions, a box lunch, a long sleeve t-shirt, and your choice of a morning or afternoon tour by van.
Call the park at 270-646-2151 for information and reservations. Barren River Lake State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages and restaurant.
Photo Credit: The beautiful picture is from the Kentucky State Parks. Visit the Kentucky State Park website for more information about Barren River Lake State Resort Park as well as the other parks.
Mary Jo says
A number of years ago I was living in Hopkinsville KY, Christian Co. At the corner of First street and Jessup Ave., I came to a very slow stop. I could hardly believe the size and type of birdd I was looking at just standing on the concrete at the corner. There were two birds Larger than a goose by far it was vultures of some type. They had each a pinkish neck and partly white head, a beautiful, downy and bright, white ruff about the necks and dark body feathers with a little more white towards the tail. I was pretty dumb struck. Snapped a picture with my flip phone. No longer have the phone sad to say. My first thought was did they escape a zoo, or Kentucky Down Under? Kentucky Down Under is no more I believe. Living close to LBL do these birds inhabit the region?