Barren River Lake State Park will host Nature Watch Weekends to view Cranes

   The Barren River Lake State Park will host two Nature Watch Weekends, Jan. 24-25, and Feb. 7-8, to view the migrating Sandhill Cranes.
   Each weekend begins with an educational session conducted by a wildlife biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, on Friday evening at 7 p.m. CT, a viewing of the Sandhill Cranes on either Saturday sunrise or Saturday sunset, a box lunch, and a long sleeve T-shirt.
   Registration is $40 per adult and $20 per child 8-12 years old (must be at least 8 years old to go on van tours).
   Sandhill cranes are tall, gray birds reaching heights up to 4 feet, weighing up to 12 pounds with a wingspan of 6-7 feet. 
   They have two distinct features about them: one is their appearance of a crimson, red-crowned forehead, white cheeks, and fluffy rear end; the other is when in flight, the long dark legs trail behind and the long neck is kept straight out, rather than tucked in towards the body.
  
Each year thousands of sandhill cranes make Barren River Lake a stop as they congregate in huge numbers to migrate.
   The lake’s exposed mud flats in winter provide the birds with a perfect spot to rest and socialize as they settle in for the night. Ample farmlands and wet meadows offer an abundance of food.
   For more information, contact Jamie Avery at jamie.avery@ky.gov or 1-800-325-0057.
   When making reservations ask for the Sandhill Crane lodge room rate of $49.95 plus tax.

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