Local Students’ Project Helps Osprey Conservation

Local Students’ Project Helps Osprey Conservation

Submitted by John Pollpeter, Lead Naturalist at Woodlands Nature Station During the 2016-2017 school year, Trigg County Middle School participated in a teaching method called “Project-based Learning.”  Students are given a project or problem, and then incorporate writing, math, science, art, and computer skills attempt to develop a solution. Ms. Brannigan Ethridge’s 8th grade class was given a list of species that need conservation help. Two students, Zach Meador and Hannah Fletcher, were able to take the project even further than they could imagine. The two students, working with the US Forest Service, developed a plan to put up an…
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Celebrate National Bat Week!

Celebrate National Bat Week!

By Aviva Yasgur, Woodlands Nature Station Naturalist Help #SavetheBats Bats face many challenges these days -- from habitat loss to a lethal disease called “White-nose Syndrome.” Join us as we become involved in a promising new effort to help them. Join us in the first annual National Bat Week October 26-November 1 People around the country will be celebrating bats, learning about bats, teaching others about the importance of bats, and participating in bat events and programs. And you can be a part of it all. The Organization for Bat Conservation (http://www.batconservation.org/) initiated this big bat bonanza.  If you visited…
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Osprey: native again

Osprey: native again

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus Summertime visitors today often see osprey plunging "feet-first" into the lakes and ponds after their dinner -- fish. Though native to the area, osprey became victims of pesticides like DDT, illegal hunting and habitat loss. By 1950 nesting osprey could not be found anywhere in Kentucky. Beginning in 1984, Land Between The Lakes took part in a Kentucky-wide osprey restoration effort aimed at re-establishing a resident population of nesting birds. Using a raise and release technique called "hacking," our wildlife staff raised young birds isolated from human contact on a tall hacking tower near the Nature…
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