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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Common Starling is most reviled of 150 species nesting in Kentucky

Of the more than 150 species of birds that nest in Kentucky, none is more reviled than the Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris). Of the more than 150 species of birds that nest in Kentucky, none is more reviled than the Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris). (Wikipedia Commons)Even its name says vulgar. There are many reasons to dislike this nonnative, invasive species. It competes for cavity nest sites...

The Arboretum to celebrate Arbor Day April 27; five groups to give away native shrub and tree seedlings

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky More than ever, people are recognizing the many benefits trees bring, not only to the environment but also to their sense of well-being. Arbor Day at The Arboretum honors and celebrates those green bastions of Earth’s fitness. Generously supported by presenting sponsor Kentucky Utilities Company and Hickory Sponsor Kentucky American Water Company, this is...

Officials discover juvenile Black Carp in Western Kentucky confirming invasive species in reproducing

A juvenile black carp has been discovered in Ballard County, according to the Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The fish, a member of the invasive Asian carp species, came from Gar Creek near the Ohio River. “Assuming this fish was spawned locally, it provides further evidence that black carp are becoming more established in the lower Ohio River drainage...

Art Lander's Outdoors: Invasive plants and animals are threat to native species in state

Wild pigs are now found in about 17 Kentucky counties, but ongoing eradication efforts have reduced populations in recent years (Photo Provided)   Invasive, exotic species that pose a threat to native plants and animals are making big news these days. It’s a global battle, and three high-profile examples include the Burmese Python in the Florida Everglades, the European Rabbit in Australia’s...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Invasive plants and animals are threat to native species in state

Wild pigs are now found in about 17 Kentucky counties, but ongoingeradication efforts have reduced populations in recent years (Photo Provided)   Invasive, exotic species that pose a threat to native plants and animals are making big news these days. It’s a global battle, and three high-profile examples include the Burmese Python in the Florida Everglades, the European Rabbit in Australia’s...

Capitol Notes: House panel passes budget proposal; invasive species, other bills advance

House budget committee passes budget proposal: The House budget committee today gave its approval to a nearly $20.3 billion two-year state budget proposal that would trim funding for most of state government, leave some areas untouched, and offer modest increases for foster parents and private child care providers.   Most of the spending in House Bill 235, sponsored by House Appropriations and...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Emerald ash borer killing ash trees as it spreads across the state

The emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle from Asia, is now in 21 Kentucky counties and causing the loss of thousands of ash trees. The emerald ash borer attacks all species of ash trees, including the blue ash, white ash and green ash. The larvae of this beetle damage ash trees, impacting the flow of sugars and nutrients within the tree. (Photo from Fish & Wildlife)   By Art Lander Jr. Special...

Bluegrass PRIDE: Telephone wires may be handy perch for birds but not ‘natural’ one

By Deborah Larkin KyForward columnist   Each day as I drive to work through Boyle, Mercer, Jessamine and Fayette counties I have the opportunity to observe the flora and fauna of the Bluegrass. One of the species that I see regularly, especially in the winter months, is the red tail hawk. I used to see these birds perched in the trees while they scanned the pastures for signs of prey (rabbits...

Unique fishing tourney targets high-jumping Asian carp that are invading state waterways

Kentucky will unleash a full-court press against invasive carp during a unique fishing tournament in March.   The Carp Madness Tournament March 12-13 is believed to be the first of its kind in the country. (Photo from Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources) The Carp Madness Tournament will get teams of commercial anglers competing in a contest to corral the growing population of Asian...