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At the September 21 meeting of KSNH, Berl Meyer announced that next year's president will be David Sangster and vice-president will be Larry Hilton.
Our fall conference October 13-15 will be at Pine Mountain State Park and we have some exciting activities planned.
U of L doctoral candidate and KSNH grant recipient Lindsay Nason presented her research comparing larval and adult butterfly occurrences in urban gardens versus rural gardens and meadows. As the human population grows and urban areas spread, we have opportunities to provide within those areas the food plants and reproductive habitats that butterflies and other insects need to survive.
There will not be a general meeting in October because of our Fall Conference at Pine Mountain State Resort Park.
Linsay Nason: Assessment of Pollinator Diversity in an Urban Environment: To make an assessment of pollinator diversity and abundance, two main techniques will be used: Bowl trapping and observation of a “mobile garden.” Bowl trapping will be conducted by placing wooden stakes at each site and attaching plastic bowls to them. The bowls will then be filled with soapy water (the soap acts as a surfactant and traps the insects in the bowls) and left for 24 hours. After collection, all insects from major pollinating groups will be stored in ethanol until they can be dried, pinned, and identified.
Our fall conference at Pine Mountain State Resort Park to be held October 13-15. I am planning to lead a trip Saturday morning to Wilderness Road State Park/Natural Tunnel in Virginia for one event. That one will be an all day affair. Other nature walks will be available with the help of our volunteers. See below for added agenda. Right now there are 23 official registrants.
Special event for Saturday Night
Flutter in the Night
Please Note: Because of the above event, we will have our general meeting on Friday night as well as the board meeting and door prizes.
KSNH Fall Conference
Pine Mountain State Resort Park
1050 State Park Road
Pineville, KY 40977
Phone: (606) 337-3066
All times are Eastern
All meals are on your own
Field trips/events all start at lobby of lodge unless otherwise noted.
Registration – 6:30 to 7:30 in the park lodge. Other walks may be added as the need arise.
Friday, October 13
7:30 pm Welcome-Berl Meyer
Minutes from last meeting
Vote on 2018-2019
Presentation: Pine Mountain
Saturday, October 14
9 am – 5 pm
Car pool to Wilderness Road State Park and Natural Tunnel Virginia.
Added event at Wilderness Road State Park: Entrance fee $10 per vehicle but that's good also for Natural Tunnel. Wilderness Road Heritage Festival: Experience a revamped festival celebrating Southwest Virginia's unique heritage. Emphasis has been placed on making the festival even more enjoyable for visitors featuring handmade Appalachian crafts, live music, demonstrations and more.
This year's music lineup is headlined by country music artist Jimmy Rose, who grabbed the spotlight of Season 8 of America's Got Talent where he finished third and Denise Lawson Glass, who will perform her very popular Patsy Cline tribute.
Storytellers and woodcarvers will also take the stage during the event which also includes Appalachian crafts for sale, demonstrators showcasing their time-honored skills and a children's festival where the young ones enjoy fun and educational activities all with an Appalachian theme.
Enjoy an old fashioned apple butter stir, watch the hands of a basket weaver and take a stroll inside the Karlan Mansion to see quilting demonstrations. Admission is now just $5 per vehicle. Begins at 10 a.m. Some of you may want to have an extended stay for this event which is fine by me and pass on the Natural Tunnel. I will journey on to Natural Tunnel in due course.
Nature Walks throughout the park by our volunteers.
Lunch 12:00 – 1:30 on your own
Walks on your own. There are many trails in the park to explore.
Dinner on your own
7:00 pm Saturday night program
Recap of Saturday’s events
Presentation by Thomas McFadden: Grant presenter on Flora of Red River Gorge
Flutter in the Night: Raptor Rehab Letcher County.
Owl Prowl and Bat observation weather permitting.
Sunday, April 23
Have a safe trip home
Remember: Bring a camera, binoculars, water to all outings. Bring your KSNH green wallets to the Conference. Most events will address many nature topics/sightings. Be prepared for Fun and Facts!
Any questions or comments please contact Berl Meyer: e-mail email@example.com. Please make every effort to attend and show your support for KSNH.
Our November Meeting: November 16, 7:00 pm, Louisville Nature Center
Second Chances Wildlife Center
Our mission is to conserve wildlife through education and rehabilitation.
We accomplish this mission in two ways:
1) Environmental Education programs which not only teach facts, but fosters compassion for nature and environmental sustainability.
2) Rehabilitation and safe release of orphaned, injured, or displaced native wildlife.
Second Chances was founded in 2009 and is located on 23 acres just south of Louisville, in Mt Washington and serves the surrounding counties. The entire state of Kentucky and Southern Indiana utilizes Second Chances for specialized bat rehabilitation.
Our animals are cared for until they are ready to be released back into their natural environment. They may start off in an incubator being fed around the clock with lots of love and attention and graduate to a large pre release enclosure with minimal contact. All pre release enclosures are designed to simulate their individual habitat. These animals are taught survival skills they will need to be successful in the wild. The animals are released in protected areas with a food and water source. Prior to release, all animals are dewormed and fully vaccinated which promotes healthier populations in the wild. This also decreases the risk of pets and humans contratcing wildlife diseases.
Second Chances specializes in bats and skunks but accepts other mammal species. Bats are a very important species that is cared for at Second Chances. Bats are a keystone species to our environment and without them, our entire ecosystem would change…for the worse. The agricultural impact of bats is amazing. Bats save farmers billions of dollars each year! With the previlence of white nose syndrome, rehabilitators play a crucial role of this species’ survival and therefore, our ecosystem.
Brigette Brouillard is the founder of Second Chances and is a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and Federal Fish and Wildlife. Recently, every volunteer obtained their state permit as well! Second Chances is also licensed by the USDA.
Brigette has over 20 years teaching experience in the private school system. She serves as a volunteer educator at The Louisville Zoo and is a member of the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network and Kentucky Bat Working Group.
With attention to detail, the top-notch care we offer our patients, and a passionate message delivered in our education programs, we have earned an excellent reputation. In fact, National Geographic asked Second Chances to be part of their reality show called Bandit Patrol. Season 2 and Season 3 Bandit Patrol reruns air currently. Bandit Patrol is their number 2 rated show. While the show basis is about wildlife rehabilitation, Center Director, Brigette, takes every opportunity to educate the public during her filming.
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