Annual Sandhill Cranes Viewing Weekends set for Jan. 20-21, Feb. 17-18

    Barren River Lake State Park will host Sandhill Cranes Viewing Weekends Jan. 20-21 and Feb. 17-18, 2012.
   The weekends will consist of educational sessions by Wayne Tamminga, a wildlife biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, on Friday evenings at 7 p.m. CST.
   On Saturday, participants can register for one of two trips:
– The morning sunrise trip takes guests to the roosting site before sunrise to experience the beauty of the cranes leaving the roost as they journey to nearby cornfields to spend the day.
– The sunset trip begins by viewing the birds in the cornfields and ends at the roosting site so you may view the magnificence of thousands of cranes circling overhead as they get ready to settle down for the night.
   Each of these trips will be led by naturalists from the Kentucky Department of Parks.
   Registration is $30 per person and includes the evening session, a sunrise or sunset field trip, boxed meal, and a T-shirt.
   Registration is required by Jan. 12, for the Jan. 20-21 weekend, and Feb. 9 for the Feb. 17-18 weekend.     
   Registration forms are available online at Sandhill Crane Viewing Weekends or by contacting Jamie Avery at or 1-800-325-0057.
   Note: The dates selected are based on historical records under normal weather conditions in January and at the end of February, and past trends of the cranes’ arrival in this area. Please be aware that this narrow window of opportunity can vary by several days based on weather and the cranes’ migration schedule.

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