Kentucky Birding Hotspots
The Audubon Society now has a database of birding hot spots throughout the country. Just click the state you wish to visit on the map, and it will take you to a great discussion of the top birding spots to be found there.
If birding had shrines, one of them would be located in Kentucky, where legendary painter and naturalist John James Audubon lived and worked in the early 19th century. Today’s John James Audubon State Park, on the Ohio River at Henderson, pays tribute to one of the most important figures in the history of ornithology—and it’s a rewarding birding site as well.
Several wildlife management areas in northwestern Kentucky are among the state’s best birding locations for waterfowl and wading birds. The huge Land Between the Lakes area is home to waterbirds, raptors, songbirds, and more.
Eastward, into the Cumberland Plateau and the main Appalachians, the birding focus turns toward vireos and warblers, especially in sites such as Red River Gorge Geological Area. There’s even a great spot for shorebirds at a fish hatchery near Daniel Boone National Forest.
Annual Meeting on May 21
Can Organic Bioherbicides Replace Roundup To Control Woody Invasive Plants in Woodlands and Gardens?
Dr. Margaret Carreiro, Professor emerita
University of Louisville
Among the most commonly recommended and widely applied herbicides, glyphosate (Roundup) is used for weed and invasive plant control in agricultural fields, urban settings and forests. However, there has been growing public concern about harmful effects of glyphosate on humans and non-target organisms. Dr. Carreiro will speak about the encouraging results of a two-year experiment conducted in Cherokee Park woodlands with the Olmsted Parks Conservancy. The goals were to test the efficacy and potential unwanted side-effects on soil organisms of applying two organic bioherbicides and Roundup in controlling four of the most aggressive and damaging woody vine species in Kentucky forests, Winter creeper, English ivy, Vinca minor, and Chocolate vine, all of which are still sold in Kentucky garden stores. Implications for use by home gardeners will also be addressed.
Join us for our annual meeting on Tuesday, May 21 at 7:00 pm, Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40207. In addition to Dr. Carreiro's presentation organic bioherbicides, we will announce the winners of 2019's grant awards.
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