Spring Birding in the Rich Bluegrass Country of Central Kentucky
Learn about a wealth of migrating and regional birds in beautiful Kentucky Bluegrass Country. Plus, hear Shaker music in an 1820 meeting house and enjoy a crafts demonstration.
Rating (4.5)
Program No. 18915RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Raise the binoculars and ready your field guide for a birding gold rush in Central Kentucky’s Bluegrass Country. Join birding experts at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill during 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!
Activity Level
Walking 2-3 miles daily over uneven terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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.

General Notes

All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
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Merin Roseman
Merin Roseman is Shaker Village’s sustainability specialist and an expert on beekeeping and pollinators, native plants, herbs and homesteading skills. Merin manages the honeybee apiary and coordinates the honey production apiary in the Preserve. She assists the Village in improving energy efficiency and green product procurement.
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