Department of Fish and Wildlife
Power To Peregrines This Weekend On "Kentucky Afield" TV
High-rise structures at the Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) power plant in Trimble County are home sweet home to once-endangered peregrine falcons. The story is featured on “Kentucky Afield” television this weekend, May 29 and 30.
This bird of prey’s natural habitat is tall, remote cliff lines. However, city skyscrapers and electrical power plants – places where biologists could keep a closer watch on the birds – served as substitutes during restoration of the peregrine falcon during the past two decades.
The Trimble County Generating Station in Bedford continues to serve these soaring birds years after official efforts ended. This weekend, see how company personnel play a personal role in the care of returning falcons, plus a few new arrivals. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources biologist Kate Heyden gives us a peek at four peregrine chicks now beginning to test their wings at the facility’s nest box, located 225 feet in the air. The parent birds are one of 12 documented nesting pairs in the state.
Also on the program for the holiday weekend: a visit with world champion trap shooter Nora Ross. We join this Carlisle resident on the range to talk about her many titles and the hall of fame status she shares with Annie Oakley.
Lastly, we’re in the field with a police dog and its handler to see how Kentucky’s conservation officers collar crime.
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