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WINTER BIRDING FESTIVAL
A unique group of agencies and organizations have teamed up to produce
“Wings of Winter Birding Festival” on January 19-21, 2018. The Festival
will be focused on the areas around Kentucky and Barkley Lake but will be
based at Paris Landing State Park., The many birding field trips include
Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge
, Kentucky Dam, Land Between the Lakes, Fort Donelson National Battlefield
and Harmon Creek Wildlife Management Area. Workshops will also be offered
in Wildlife Photography, Beginning Birding, and Journaling / Poetry
Writing in regards to Ornithology
An impressive list of agencies and groups have come together to make this
first birding festival a memorable one. Those include the Paris/Henry
County Chamber of Commerce, Paris Landing State Park, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, Tennessee Valley Authority, U.S. National Park Service,
U.S. Forest Service, Southeastern Avian Research, Stewart County,
Tennessee Ornithological Society, and Kentucky Ornithological Society.
The weekend will begin with a special pre-festival half day birding field
trip on Friday, January 19th led by the keynote speaker Julie Zickefoose
and refuge manager Rick Eastridge to Cross Creeks National Wildlife
Refuge. Birders will get a chance to see the heart of this refuge when it
is completely filled with wintering waterfowl and other species. A Friday
night reception beginning 5:30 pm at the State Park Inn and will feature
Brian Fox Ellis speaking at 7:00 pm as John James Audubon.
Saturday, January 20th will be filled with four all day field trips that
include travel and a box lunch. These field trips will begin and end at
Paris Landing State Park and will be led by agency staff and expert
birders. The all day trips will include Land Between the Lakes, with a
stop at the Woodlands Nature Center, Kentucky Dam with stops at local
hotspots along the way.
Two Different trips will go to different areas of the Tennessee National
Wildlife Refuge that include sanctuary areas of the Duck River Bottoms,
and the Big Sandy Unit including a stop at the refuge Visitor Center, Big
Sandy Peninsula and Pace Point, considered one of the top ten birding
locations in the state.
For more detailed information on the festival, or field trips please see
the Paris/Henry County Chamber website www.paristnchamber.com/wingsofwinter
or call 731-642-2091.
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