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Spring Birding in the Rich Bluegrass Country of Central Kentucky

Program Number: 18915RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/4/2014 - 5/9/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Harrodsburg, Kentucky
Price starting at: $746.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

Raise the binoculars and ready your field guide for a birding gold rush in Central Kentucky’s Bluegrass Country. Join birding experts the first week of May to identify up to 100 species by sight and sound that pass through the nearly 3,000 acres of strikingly beautiful Kentucky countryside. In addition to neotropical migrants making their way farther north, learn about Summer and Scarlet Tanagers, Blue Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles and many others that make Central Kentucky their summer home, occupying woodlands, restored native prairie and all the spaces in between that make Shaker Village a truly unique birding destination. Learn about raptors and waterfowl, and stay alert for a night-time Owl Prowl!




Highlights

• Learn why Shaker Village is called the national model for its effort to bring back the Northern Bobwhite Quail.
• Bird the stunning Kentucky River Palisades and experience raptors and herons.
• Glean daily insight from three experienced birders eager to share their knowledge about identifying songbirds by sight and sound.



Activity Particulars

Walking 2-3 miles daily over uneven terrain.



So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1.



Coordinated by Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.




Harrodsburg

In 1805, the Shakers established a community outside Harrodsburg in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region where they farmed more than 2,500 acres. Today, the 34 buildings are restored, and the village is a prime destination outside the historic city of Harrodsburg, which was founded in 1774, making it one of Kentucky’s oldest communities.



Accommodations
Rooms in historic buildings; no elevators.
Meals and Lodgings
   Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
  Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Kentucky
5 nights
 Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
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 allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $99.00 Please reserve room through Road Scholar Coordinator Susan Hughes at (859) 734-1550.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $99.00 Please reserve room through Road Scholar Coordinator Susan Hughes at (859) 734-1550.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in at 3 p.m. EDT You will be staying at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill that night.
  End of Program:
After lunch on Friday You will be staying at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
  Nearest city or town:  Harrodsburg
  Nearest highway: US 68
  Nearest airport:  LEX - Bluegrass Field in Lexington, Kentucky
  From End of Program
  Location:  Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Kentucky
  Nearest city or town:  Harrodsburg, Kentucky
  Nearest highway: U.S.68
  Nearest airport:  Bluegrass Field, Lexington, Kentucky
Travel Details
 

LEX

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Gold Shield Transportation
phone: 859-255-6388
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$79.75
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

24 hour service 

 

Distance:

 

30

   

Gold Shield offers 24-hour reservation service at goldshield.com

 
Driving Directions
  1/64 - I/75 (north, east and west) From I/64/I/75 take exit 115 in Lexington (Newtown Pike/KY 922) South. Continue on KY 922 South approx. 2 miles to KY 4 (New Circle Road). Go South/West on KY 4 (New Circle Road) to Harrodsburg Road (US 68). At bottom of exit ramp turn right and continue on US 68 West approximately 27 miles to the intersection of US 68 with KY 33 (there is a caution light at this intersection). Turn RIGHT into village entrance. Come to 3-way stop, turn right and follow signs for "Hotel Check-In." This will be in the Trustees' Office Dining Room. Shaker Village is in the EASTERN TIME ZONE AND KENTUCKY OBSERVES DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME FROM APRIL THROUGH OCTOBER.
  I/65 (south and west) From I-65 North, take exit 93 (Bluegrass Parkway) (in Elizabethtown) and continue on the Bluegrass Parkway east 59 miles to Exit 59. This is the intersection with US 127. Take Exit 59 A (US 127 South). Continue south on US 127 approximately 10 miles to the intersection of US 127 BUS and US 127 By-Pass. Turn left on to US 127 South By-Pass. Continue 1 mile on US 127 South By-Pass to first stop light/intersection with US 68. At Stop light, turn left on to US 68 East. Continue on US 68 East approximately 7 miles to the intersection of US 68 and KY 33 (there will be a caution light). At the intersection and caution light, turn left into village entrance. Come to the 3-way stop, turn right and follow signs for "Hotel Check-In." This will be in the Trustees' Office Dining Room. Shaker Village is in the EASTERN TIME ZONE AND KENTUCKY OBSERVES DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME FROM APRIL THROUGH OCTOBER.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in after 3 p.m. EDT. Evening orientation and History of Shaker Village; introduction to birding activities.
(Sunday, May 4)

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.
   
Accommodations: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: 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.
(Monday, May 5)

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.
   
Accommodations: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hike to the Kentucky River to observe species that love the water, including the Great Blue Heron and Spotted Sandpiper.
(Tuesday, May 6)

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.
   
Accommodations: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 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.
(Wednesday, May 7)

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!
   
Accommodations: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: 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.
(Thursday, May 8)

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.
   
Accommodations: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: After breakfast, return to the restored native prairie research area to listen for the Eastern Meadowlark, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Kingbird, and neotropical migrant species.
(Friday, May 9)

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 Village
Tour 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
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Shaker Experience in America


Author: Dr. Stephen Stein


Description: This is the most comprehensive overview of the Shakers available. It includes the early beginnings of the Shaker movement in England and the development of the sect through the 1990s. It has the approval of the living community of Shakers at Sabbathday Lake in Maine. The book uses original materials from all of the former Shaker communities.





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