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Birds of Kentucky: Gourd Birdhouse workshop

Gourd Birdhouse Workshop At The Salato Wildlife Education Center, Saturday, November 20, 2010. The Salato Center is approximately 101 miles from Columbia, KY, via KY 55, KY 555, BG Parkway, US 127, US 60, and Sportsmen's Lane

By Kristy Stroud
News from Kentucky Fish Wildlife

Frankfort, KY - Learn how to transform gourds into birdhouses at the Salato Wildlife Education Center, 1 Sportsmen's Lane, Frankfort, KY from 1-3pmET/Noon-2pmCT, Saturday, November 20, 2010.

Birdhouses benefit resident birds. During this workshop, Salato staff will help participants choose the right size gourd to attract the type of birds that they want, such as purple martins, wrens and chickadees. Salato Center staff will provide the gourd, paint and paint brushes for attendees to create their own masterpieces. With the holiday season right around the corner, a gourd birdhouse makes a perfect gift. The cost of the program is $15 with registration and pre-payment required.

The center, operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, promotes wildlife conservation education through programs and workshops such as this.

The Salato Center has a variety of native animals for the public to see, including a black bear, an eagle, bobcats, elk, deer, bison, snakes and fish. The center has numerous indoor exhibits and miles of hiking trails open to the public. Fishing is available at two lakes. While some programs may require a registration fee, general admission to the Salato Center is free.

For more information, call 1-800-858-1549, ext. 4445. Learn more about upcoming events at the Salato Center on the Internet at The Salato Center is located at Kentucky Fish and Wildlife headquarters, 1 Sportsman's Lane (formerly 1 Game Farm Road), off U.S. 60 in Frankfort, 1.5 miles west of U.S. 127. Normal hours of operation are 9am to 5pmET, Tuesdays through Fridays and 10am. to 5pmET, Saturdays. The center is closed Sundays, Mondays and state holidays.

The Salato Center will be closed November 11, 2010, for Veteran's Day and November 12, 2010, for state furloughs, a budget balancing measure. The center will also close November 25-27, 2010, in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Salato Center's seasonal winter closing is from December 14, 2010 through February 15, 2011.

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