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HARRODSBURG, KENTUCKY

Spring Birding in the Rich Bluegrass Country of Central Kentucky

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Program #18915RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Itinerary for May 4 — May 9, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Overnight rooms are in 13 restored historic buildings furnished with reproduction Shaker furniture and modern amenities. Every window offers a pleasant vista over Kentucky's rolling farmland. WiFi available in some rooms.

Contact info:
3501 Lexington Road
Harrodsburg, KY 40330 USA
phone: 859-734-5411
web: www.shakervillageky.org

Room amenities: WiFi in limited rooms, Temperpedic mattresses.

Facility amenities: 40 miles of hiking trails, tours of historic buildings, gift shop with regional and Kentucky crafts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $99.00
Please reserve room through Road Scholar Coordinator Susan Hughes at (859) 734-1550.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 04 - Check-in after 3 p.m. EDT. Evening orientation an...
Check-in after 3 p.m. EDT. Evening orientation and History of Shaker Village; introduction to birding activities.

Note: After dinner in the Trustees' Office Dining room, Scholars will meet for an orientation session on the week's activities, as well as an overview of the history of Shaker Village.

Arrive To: Check in after 3 p.m. EDT.

Dinner: Dinner, followed by evening orientation, history of Shaker Village, introduction to birding activities for the week.

Lodging: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Overnight rooms are in 13 restored historic buildings furnished with reproduction Shaker furniture and modern amenities. Every window offers a pleasant vista over Kentucky's rolling farmland. WiFi available in some rooms.

Contact info:
3501 Lexington Road
Harrodsburg, KY 40330 USA
phone: 859-734-5411
web: www.shakervillageky.org

Room amenities: WiFi in limited rooms, Temperpedic mattresses.

Facility amenities: 40 miles of hiking trails, tours of historic buildings, gift shop with regional and Kentucky crafts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $99.00
Please reserve room through Road Scholar Coordinator Susan Hughes at (859) 734-1550.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 05 - Following breakfast we will do an early morning b...
Following breakfast we will do an early morning bird watching at the Wildlife Observation Deck. Following lunch we will explore the main historic village looking for Chimney Swifts and Chipping Sparrows. After dinner program will feature bird identification by sight and sound.

Note: Morning bird watching will highlight the Summer Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, and Red-Headed Woodpecker, along with Neotropical migrant species.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the Trustees' Office Dining Room.

Morning: A bird observation blind will give Scholars an up close and personal view of neotropical migrant species and indigenous early summer birds.

Lunch: Buffet lunch in Trustees' Office Dining Room.

Afternoon: We will catch up with some of the birds that inhabit the historic area of Shaker Village, including the Chimney Swift, Chipping Sparrow, and other neo-tropical migrants. The remainder of the afternoon will be free for individual exploration.

Dinner: Buffet dinner by candlelight in the Trustees' Office Dining Room will feature regional and some Shaker dishes.

Evening: Group Leader Don Pelly will instruct Scholars in ways to identify commonly encountered birds by sight and by sound.

Lodging: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Overnight rooms are in 13 restored historic buildings furnished with reproduction Shaker furniture and modern amenities. Every window offers a pleasant vista over Kentucky's rolling farmland. WiFi available in some rooms.

Contact info:
3501 Lexington Road
Harrodsburg, KY 40330 USA
phone: 859-734-5411
web: www.shakervillageky.org

Room amenities: WiFi in limited rooms, Temperpedic mattresses.

Facility amenities: 40 miles of hiking trails, tours of historic buildings, gift shop with regional and Kentucky crafts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $99.00
Please reserve room through Road Scholar Coordinator Susan Hughes at (859) 734-1550.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 06 - Hike to the Kentucky River to observe species tha...
Hike to the Kentucky River to observe species that love the water, including the Great Blue Heron and Spotted Sandpiper.

Note: Scholars will hike approximately 1.3 miles to Shaker Landing to focus on a unique "microclimate" and habitat. Sack lunches will be delivered to the river landing and after lunch Scholars will hike back to the village.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the Trustees' Office Dining Room.

Morning: Following breakfast, we will hike approximately 1.5 miles down a trail built by the Shakers in the 1830s to a landing on the Kentucky River. Some of the species we may encounter are the Scarlet Tanager, Prothonotary Warbler, the Great Blue Heron, and the Spotted Sandpiper.

Lunch: A sack lunch will be delivered to us at the river landing, so that we may continue our birding after lunch.

Afternoon: Following lunch we will continue birding, looking for neo-tropical migratory birds that inhabit the unique eco-system of the Kentucky River Valley.

Dinner: Dinner by candlelight in the Trustees' Office Dining Room will include regional and some Shaker dishes.

Evening: Assistant Property Manager Ben Leffew will teach us how to identify raptors, and will talk about the re-emergence of raptors since the banning of DDT.

Lodging: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Overnight rooms are in 13 restored historic buildings furnished with reproduction Shaker furniture and modern amenities. Every window offers a pleasant vista over Kentucky's rolling farmland. WiFi available in some rooms.

Contact info:
3501 Lexington Road
Harrodsburg, KY 40330 USA
phone: 859-734-5411
web: www.shakervillageky.org

Room amenities: WiFi in limited rooms, Temperpedic mattresses.

Facility amenities: 40 miles of hiking trails, tours of historic buildings, gift shop with regional and Kentucky crafts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $99.00
Please reserve room through Road Scholar Coordinator Susan Hughes at (859) 734-1550.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 07 - After a pre-breakfast demonstration of netting an...
After a pre-breakfast demonstration of netting and banding Canada geese, hike to the restored native prairie resaearch areas to hunt for Dickcissel, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Bobwhite Quail.

Note: The Northern Bobwhite Quail Initiative cites Shaker Village as being the national model for what can be done to bring back the Northern Bobwhite Quail. Scholars will learn about restoring bird habitat and re-introducing bird species. Free afternoon to tour village or explore the area.

Breakfast: Before breakast, meet at the village pond to help net and band Canada geese. Buffet breakfast in the Trustees' Office Dining room will follow the banding of the Canada Geese.

Morning: The restored Native Prairie Research Areas surrounding Shaker Village are home to a variety of birds not-often enountered in more urban settings. The Dickcissel, Grasshopper Sparrow, Bob O Link, and Henslow Sparrow nest among the restored warm weather grasses and wildflower. The Northern Bobwhite Quail has made quite a comeback in this area, Along with watching these birds, Scholars will learn about Shaker Village's efforts to restore bird and wildlife habitat and ways of re-introducing bird species.

Lunch: Lunch in the Trustees' Office Dining Room.

Afternoon: Following lunch, Scholars will have a free afternoon to tour the historic buildings of Shaker Village, watch craftsmen demonstrate historic trades and crafts, hike on their own or try to up that bird count.

Dinner: Dinner by candlelight in the Trustees' Office Dining Room will feature regional and some Shaker dishes.

Evening: Following dinner, we'll hike to the ampitheatre in the Wildlife Observation Area to do an "owl prowl," calling owls and seeing if they'll call us back!

Lodging: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Overnight rooms are in 13 restored historic buildings furnished with reproduction Shaker furniture and modern amenities. Every window offers a pleasant vista over Kentucky's rolling farmland. WiFi available in some rooms.

Contact info:
3501 Lexington Road
Harrodsburg, KY 40330 USA
phone: 859-734-5411
web: www.shakervillageky.org

Room amenities: WiFi in limited rooms, Temperpedic mattresses.

Facility amenities: 40 miles of hiking trails, tours of historic buildings, gift shop with regional and Kentucky crafts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $99.00
Please reserve room through Road Scholar Coordinator Susan Hughes at (859) 734-1550.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 08 - Hike along the Heritage Trail to look for the Eas...
Hike along the Heritage Trail to look for the Eastern Wood Peewee, Eastern Phoebe and Yellow-billed Cuckoo, as well as neotropical migrants. After lunch the Chinn Poe Trail will focus on mature forest species.

Note: Following dinner, enjoy a candlelight solo performance of Shaker music in the restored 1820 Meeting House.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the Trustees' Office Dining Room.

Morning: We'll follow the Heritage Trail, past the site of the Shakers' grist mill and sawmill to find birds that inhabit woodland areas. We'll look for the Eastern Wood Peewee, the Eastern Phoebe, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and other neo-tropical migratory species.

Lunch: Buffet lunch in the Trustees' Office Dining Room.

Afternoon: We'll hike the Chinn-Poe Trail, a mature forest area, looking for birds that frequent mature forest and edge areas. We'll try to pick up any species we've missed in this area.

Dinner: Dinner by candlelight in the Trustees' Office Dining Room.

Evening: Shaker music expressed the joy and love experienced by this religious group, and there is no better place to enjoy it than by candlelight in the restored 1820 Meeting House.

Lodging: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 09 - After breakfast, return to the restored native pr...
After breakfast, return to the restored native prairie research area to listen for the Eastern Meadowlark, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Kingbird, and neotropical migrant species.

Note: Program ends following lunch in the Trustees' Office Dining Room. Participants may choose to take a sack lunch for early departure.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the Trustees' Office Dining Room.

Morning: Take one last trip to the restored native prairie research area to finish up that bird count.

Lunch: Scholars who wish to depart early may sign of for sack lunches; everyone else will gather for a last lunch in the Trustess' Office Dining Room. Check out of rooms by 11 a.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Kentucky
Shaker VillageTour the historic Shaker buildings and watch craftsmen demonstrate the trades of the Shakers. Guided and self-guided tours, talks and solo performances of Shaker music.
For additional information, visit: www.shakervillageky.org

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15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
16 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
1 Performances

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