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Kentucky parks will host bird-watching events

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Three Kentucky parks in western part of the Commonwealth will host spring bird-watching events Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6.

Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars and field books and join author Joe LaFleur as he leads three walks at Kenlake, Lake Barkley, and Pennyrile Forest. LaFleur has produced many bird-watching DVDs and has been collecting video and sounds of birds for 22 years.

These programs are free and are intended for those 10 and older; participants should wear good walking shoes.

Kenlake State Resort Park, in Aurora, invites visitors to join LaFleur for a free guided bird walk on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. The walk will feature hands-on identification of resident and migrant birds in habitats like woodlands, shrubby areas, fields, and the lake. After the walk, LaFleur will provide a free audiovisual program about common spring migrant birds along with tips for identifying birds. The park lobby will serve as a meeting place for both the beginning of the walk as well as the after walk program. For more information, call the park at 270-474-2211.

Later on Saturday, LaFleur will share his knowledge with visitors at Lake Barkley State Resort Park, near Cadiz. The audiovisual portion of the program will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the guided walk beginning at 4:00 p.m. Participants should gather at the recreation room in the lodge. For more information, call the park at 270-924-1131.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, near Dawson Springs, will host LaFleur’s programs on Sunday with a guided walk along Clifty Creek from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and the audiovisual presentation following at 10:00 a.m. For the walk, participants should gather at the lodge lobby; the program portion will be held in the private dining room of the lodge. For more information, call the park at 270-797-3421.

All three resort parks have a lodge, restaurant, cottages, and recreational programs. For more information about Kentucky State Parks or to make lodging reservations, visit www.parks.ky.gov.

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