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Seven Kentucky State Parks recognized in ‘Best in Kentucky’ awards from Kentucky Living magazine

Seven Kentucky State Parks were recognized in Kentucky Living magazine’s “Best in Kentucky” awards, which were announced Thursday at the 2019 Kentucky State Fair. The seven parks honored were My Old Kentucky Home, Cumberland Falls, John James Audubon, Green River Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Natural Bridge and Barren River Lake. Kentucky State Park employees (from left) Richard Blanton, Wes Lanham,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Some facts about the Blue Jay, the lovable bully at the backyard bird feeder

Striking blue plumage, and raucous calls, have enamored the Blue Jay to generations of bird watchers across Kentucky. At home in forests, farmlands and semi-open habitats, the Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is common throughout the state. In The Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlas, author Brainard Palmer-Ball Jr. wrote “it is likely that the Blue Jay has always been widespread in Kentucky.” Striking blue...

Gayle Pille: The maniacal calls of the Barred Owl — is that a ‘discordant scream’ or a ‘burst of laughter’?

Many a person has been awakened in the middle of the night by the maniacal calls of the Barred Owl and wondered aloud, “What was that?” And the Barred Owl’s crazy call was not lost on famed artist and naturalist John James Audubon either, who aptly described, “the discordant screams…in so strange and ludicrous a manner, that I should not be surprised were you to compare these sounds to the...

Gayle Pille: Feisty House Wrens are a backyard favorite — they come and go and make great song

One of our most anticipated backyard migrants is the House Wren. Arriving here around Earth Day, these feisty LBJ’s (little brown jobs) make up for in song what they lack in fancy colors. They may only weigh as much as two quarters, but they sing like a million dollars. And sing they do, almost nonstop after arriving at their nesting territory until shortly before leaving again for their winter...

Visiting muralist Hitnes also sharing talents at UK; Tuesday lecture free, open to public

  Hitnes, a muralist from Italy, has been traveling the eastern U.S. working on ‘The Image Hunter,’ a project where he has loosely retraces the route of John James Audubon, the American ornithologist, naturalist and painter. He is currently in Lexington, where he participated in the PRHBTN street art festival and created a mural on the LexPark garage. (UKNow photo)   Italian muralist...

See KY: State’s Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue Region celebrates its deep-rooted traditions

Bill Monroe’s Birthplace in Ohio County (Photo from KentuckyTourism.com)   By Kathy Witt Special to KyForward   If you think Kentucky is only about horses and bourbon, then make your way to the western part of the state to experience a whole other side: bluegrass, blues and barbecue! You can hear, see, smell, taste and touch it all throughout the nine-county region that earns its name...