This page was last updated:  03/31/2017

News for April 2017

There will not be a general meeting in April, instead come to our spring conference at Cumberland Falls.

I opened the March meeting with information about our Spring Conference at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park April 21-23.

Curtis Carman,  Education Co-ordinator at The Parklands of Floyd's Fork then presented an informative overview of the four completed parks and visions for future development, such as the addition of a meandering native plant garden with natural architecture to create "rooms", and a mountain bike track with features such as jumps. The four privately funded parks - Beckley, Pope Lick, Turkey Run and Broad Run - cover about 4000 acres in southeastern Jefferson County and include sports fields, playgrounds and rental event space as well as hiking trails through woods with trees thought to be at least 400 years old, and they follow Floyd's Fork for 27 miles.

Thanks to Larry and Susie Hilton and Pat Meyer for the after program snacks.  The May snacks will be provided by Pat Berle and Jack Still.  We wish to thank all of our volunteers for jobs well done.

We enjoy meeting in a room at the Louisville Nature Center brightened with a wonderful mural that was painted with the help of school children by artist, naturalist and friend, Collis Marshall. We are saddened to learn she passed away last week after an illness (see below).

Collis Caroline Marshall,

65, died on Thursday, March 9 after a nine-month battle with cancer.

Collis was the daughter of John Marshall, Jr and Lorraine Delprato Marshall of Louisville. She is survived by her brother John Marshall, her childhood friend Patty Stoner, a wide circle of friends, and her furry family of three cats. Collis grew up in the Audubon Park neighborhood and returned there to live as an adult. She formed lifelong friendships during her college years at the University of Cincinnati, followed by many happy years living in the mountains of Colorado. Married for 10 years to Walter Bennett, Collis and her husband traveled the world to purchase art and crafts for their import stores in Telluride and Vail. Returning to Louisville in the early 1990s, Collis graced her hometown with her dedication to friends, art, nature, history, and caregiving. As an artist, she specialized in bead art that earned national recognition. A triple crown graduate of U of L with a BFA in Fiber Arts, an MA in Studio Art, and an MA in Art Therapy, she understood art as access to healing, whimsy, and the mix of nature and spirit. She worked in Louisville as an art therapist at Caritas Peace Hospital and Ten Broeck Hospitals. In Louisville and across the State she offered art-based, healing workshops and week-long camps for children and adults. In recent years Collis spent many hours working as a caregiver in private homes. The organizations she belonged to reflect her many loves: Audubon Park Garden Club, Beckham Bird Club, Louisville Nature Center, Lakeside Swim Club, Pyro Gallery, LAFTA (Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists), Louisville Time Share, Gilda's Club, the Filson Historical Society, the Blessed Bees Moon Group.

Her friends will gathered to honor her life on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2 PM at the Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Ave, Louisville KY 40213. 

Her care team suggests that gifts in Collis's memory go to the Louisville Nature Center, Hildegard House, or Hosparus of Louisville.

2017 Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair

A special thanks to Jeff and Daniel Foster for volunteering to judge Natural Science entries in this year's Science Fair for KSNH to be held April 1st at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY.

KY-SEF’s mission is to expand educational opportunities for all middle and high school students, and to enhance the visibility and importance of science and engineering in Kentucky by providing annual statewide competitions that support, encourage, and recognize student excellence in science and engineering research.

KY-SEF is affiliated with and its top winners attend the Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair® (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, which annually provides a forum for more than 1,600 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $4 million in awards 

Urban Ecology Adult Education Classes
at Louisville Nature Center

Join urban ecologist Dr. Victoria Prescott, who holds a PhD in Biology with a concentration in ecology, for three classes on our local environment and the flora and fauna that reside in it. Each class is geared towards adult learning and will have handouts relating to the class topic.

April 5th 6:30- 8pm Urban Heat Islands – Why We Should Care
Urban heat islands and their related environmental impacts will be discussed.
Register by Friday, March 31

April 12th 6:30-8pm What’s In Your Backyard?
This class will discuss common plants and animals of KY and some of the environmental impacts on them.
Register by Friday, April 7

April 19th 6:30 – 8pm Rare Species of Kentucky
This class will discuss plants and animals that are considered native, but rare in Kentucky.
Register by Friday, April 14

Each class is $15. University students and members of local environmental organizations can register for $10.

Meetings at the Louisville Nature Center the 3rd Thursday of the following months:  March, May, June, September and November.  Our spring conferences are normally held in April (see below for details) and the Fall Conference is normally held in October.  July is reserved for our annual picnic and December for our winter dinner.

A reminder that our membership year begins on January 1 to December 31 each year. If you are presently a member and have not renewed it's time to do so.  Most of the monies collected through dues goes into our Grant Funds and operating expenses for our two conferences.  All our officers in the Kentucky Society of Natural History are strictly voluntary so we have no paid positions.  You may renew online ( PayPal ) or send in a membership form found through a link on our website.  A link to a tax- deductible donation is found there as well.

Upcoming Spring Wildflower Conference at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park April 21st to 23rd

The park will be released the  rooms  3/21/17.  Once the group lodging block is released, we cannot guarantee availability or your group rate but there may be rooms available.  Just call the Park at 606-528-4121 and refer to group code 1227.

The deadline for registration is April 1st so we know how to plan our nature walks and hikes.  I am working on the final agenda this week (March 12) and I hope to have the agenda for the March meeting.

Click Here for the registration form.  Click Here for the Agenda.  If you are coming to the conference, please print your own agenda.  Thanks

We will be are honored to have Rick Hill with the Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife as our featured speaker Saturday night at the conference.  He is their artist and illustrator.  To see what Rick has done, just watch the short viceo below.


Meteorlogy is an important field in the Natural Sciences.  If you think about it, this area is discussed by most people at least once a day or more.  Every once in a while, I will post a webinar from CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network).  CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow). By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. They are now in all fifty states. Our contact in Kentucky is at Western Kentucky University.


CoCoRaHS Carbon in our Atmosphere

As part of NOAA’s Weather Ready Nation, NOAA encourages you to “Be a Force of Nature” when it comes to extreme weather by learning about potential hazards. Help advance the Weather-Ready Nation by being prepared for the worst. NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) and its partners encourage individuals, families, businesses and communities to know their risk, take action, and be an example when it comes to dangerous weather.

Here's a new link sponsered by Louisville Water Co. and others;  Native Plants, Pest Management and Pollution Prevention

Please note that all our meetings especially during the winter months' are subject to change because of weather conditions.  Please check our calendar for any cancellations.

...and as always, please keep us informed with any address or email changes.