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Birds of KY: Sandhill Cranes expected at Barren River State Park

Barren River Hosting Sandhill Crane tours this winter. Nature Watch Weekends January 29-30 and February 5-6, 2016. If you go, the park is 49 minutes, 49.9 miles from Downtown Columbia, KY, according to Google Maps
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LUCAS, KY - Barren River Lake State Resort Park,1149 State Park Road, Lucas, KY 42156, is offering its Nature Watch Weekends to view sandhill cranes as they migrate home to the north in January and February.


Each year thousands of sandhill cranes make Barren River Lake a stop as they congregate in huge numbers to migrate. The lake's exposed mud flats in winter provide the birds with a perfect spot to rest and socialize as they settle in for the night. Ample farmlands and wet meadows offer plenty of food.

Sandhill cranes are tall, gray birds reaching heights up to 4 feet, weighing up to 12 pounds with a wingspan of 6-7 feet. They have two distinct features about them: one is their appearance of a crimson, red-crowned forehead, white cheeks, and fluffy rear end; the other is when in flight, the long dark legs trail behind and the long neck is kept straight out, rather than tucked in towards the body.
Barren River is offering tours during two weekends for guests to learn more about these intriguing birds with a unique sound. Tours will be held Jan. 29-30 and February 5-6, 2016.

Each weekend also includes an educational session conducted by a wildlife biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources on Friday evening at 7 p.m. Registration is $40 per adult and $20 per child 8-12 years old (must be at least 8 years old to go on van tours). The fee includes all educational sessions, a box lunch, a T-shirt and a choice of a Friday sunset, Saturday sunrise or Saturday sunset tour.

For more information, contact Logan Clark at logan.clark@ky.gov or 270-646-2151. When making reservations ask for the sandhill crane lodge room rate of $49.95 plus tax.

The park is surrounded by rolling, tree-covered hills, on the edge of a beautiful 10,000-acre lake. There are 51 lodge rooms, 22 cottages and 99 campsites at the park. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of an upscale fish camp in the Driftwood Restaurant. If you are looking for something to do during your visit, you can play on the 18-hole golf course, hike along a nature trail, visit the marina to rent a boat, check out a fishing pole or sports equipment, browse the gift shop or just enjoy a peaceful seat overlooking the lake.



This story was posted on 2015-12-25 05:57:08
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Birds of Kentucky: Sandhill Cranes at Barren River State Park



2015-12-25 - Barren River Lake State Resort Park,1149 State Park Road, Lucas, KY - Photo Commonwealth News Center, Frankfort, KY.
Sandhill Cranes in Flight over Barren River State Park. Barren River Lake State Resort Park,1149 State Park Road, Lucas, KY 42156, is offering its Nature Watch Weekends to view sandhill cranes as they migrate home to the north in January and February. from Gil Lawson, Commonwealth News Center

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