Department of Parks
5th Annual Midwinter Bird Count Set For Dec. 15 at Natural Bridge
SLADE, Ky. – Natural Bridge State Resort Park is hosting the 5th Annual Midwinter Bird Count on Saturday, Dec. 15. The count is part of the Kentucky Ornithological Society’s annual early winter bird census.
Visitors can go on hikes and van rides throughout the park and Red River Gorge National Geological Area to count birds or watch bird feeders from the park’s restaurant.
The counting will start at , with packets for the count available in the Hemlock Lodge Lobby. If you need a quick course on identifying birds, there will be a session on bird identification at at the Hemlock Lodge Lobby.
Another session at on “How Birds Make A Living” will explain how birds adapt to their habitat. This is a great session for families with children. And at , there will be a class on building bird houses out of red cedar. The houses make great holiday gifts. The cost is $5 per person. Both afternoon sessions are at the park nature center.
For more information about the bird count, contact Naturalist Noelle Grunwald at 1-800-325-1710.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, the Sandstone Arches Restaurant, gift shop and hiking trails. For more information or for room reservations, phone 1-800-325-1710. The resort near Slade is 52 miles southeast of Lexington off the Mountain Parkway on KY 11.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov