18915
Harrodsburg
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.
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Program No. 18915RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in after 3 p.m. EDT. Evening orientation and History of Shaker Village; introduction to birding activities.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Activity 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.

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

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 an owl prowl in the preserve.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Kentucky
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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Activity 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: 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!

DAY
3
Hike to the Kentucky River to observe species that love the water, including the Great Blue Heron and Spotted Sandpiper.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Kentucky
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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Activity 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. We will then take a Blue Heron Rookery Tour on our sternwheel paddleboat up the Kentucky River.

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: Ben Robinson, from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, will discuss the Northern Bobwhite Quail Restoration in our Nature Preserve. 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.

DAY
4
Following breakfast we will venture back out into the preserve to identify birds in our native prairie. The restored Native Prairie Research Areas surrounding Shaker Village are home to a variety of birds not-often enountered in more urban settings
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Kentucky
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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Activity note: Free afternoon to tour village or explore the area.

Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast at the Trustees' Table

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 will meet with one of our property managers who will present a program about "Managing for Wildlife". His talk will focus on different ways to manage fields, prairie and wooded areas in order to maximize your space for native wildlife.

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.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Kentucky
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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Activity 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.

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.
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Activity 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 off 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.