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Audubon park to host birding festival

At John James Audubon State Park, one can sometimes see the Northern Parula.
At John James Audubon State Park, one can sometimes see the Northern Parula.
Kentucky Department of Parks

John James Audubon State Park, in Henderson, will host the annual Ohio Valley Birding Festival April 25 through April 27, 2014.

The festival will feature workshops, hikes, and activities for all ages and all levels of interest on birds, birding, and bird habitats with a variety of events for beginners as well as experienced birders. This festival is sponsored by John James Audubon State Park and the Evansville Audubon Society.

Events planned at the state park on Saturday include Birding the Audubon Wetlands from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.; Audubon’s Bird Migration Walk from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.; a study of Owl Pellets from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; a Hands-on Bird Banding Workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and a presentation titled Explore Raptors from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Other events during the weekend will be held in western Kentucky and southwestern Indiana. A complete list of activities, workshops, and the fees (if required) for each can be found at the festival website:

For more general information about the Ohio Valley Birding Festival or the make a reservation for one of the cottages at the park, call (270) 826-2247.

Along the banks of the Ohio River, the John James Audubon State Park in Henderson Kentucky is home to the world’s largest collection of Audubon artifacts. The museum at the park interprets Audubon’s life through his art and personal memorabilia.

John James Audubon arrived in Henderson in 1810 and lived in there for nine years, longer than anywhere else in the United States. It was while living in Kentucky that Audubon developed his artistic technique that would eventually secure his prominence as a wildlife artist.

The Nature Center comprises three areas: a wildlife Observation Room; the Discovery Center with hands-on exhibits; and the Learning Center where the park naturalist and art educator conduct environmental and art programs and an excellent place to learn about art.

Besides the museum, facilities at the park include cottages, golf, camping, fishing, hiking trails, and picnic shelters.

John James Audubon State Park is just about 125 miles from Metro Louisville via scenic US-60. (For detailed directions, consult

John James Audubon State Park
3100 US Highway 41 North
Henderson, Kentucky 42419-0576
Telephone: (270) 826-2247

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