Green Garden Gifts: December 2 … Eagle Watching Weekends

For a great eagle spotting adventure in a Kentucky State Park, give the gift of a day trip or overnight to an Eagle Watch Weekend in January or February 2013.  This unique tradition, which has been going on for four decades, offers nature lovers the opportunity to observe bald eagles as they gather around the major lakes of western Kentucky looking for food.  It’s also a great opportunity to get out outdoors with your family in the colder months.

Park tours allow you to observe and learn about these beautiful birds of prey.  It is a chance to view the eagles from land and water and learn about the national symbol and other wildlife.

The parks, phone numbers and dates for the 2013 Eagle Watch Weekends are:

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park (800-325-0146): Jan. 12-13.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park (800-325-1708): Jan. 26-27.

Kenlake State Resort Park (800-325-0143): Feb. 2-3. (Yacht tours only.)

The tours take place at three resort parks during weekends in January and February, on an excursion yacht and by van. They are led by state park naturalists and Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists.  Ticket prices for the tours range from $25 to $50 a person. Most tours last from 2 to 3½ hours. The weekends also include an evening program on birds of prey.

Guests should bring warm clothes, rain gear and binoculars. These trips can take place under extreme weather conditions. The resorts offer lodges, cottages and restaurants. Registration is required for the Eagle Watch Weekends. Call the parks for registration, details and fee information or visit Kentucky State Parks  and click on the Winter Adventure tab.

The Eagle Watch Weekends at Kentucky Dam Village, Lake Barkley and Kenlake will include an option to view eagles from the CQ Princess, a 96-foot yacht. Guests can view eagles from inside the CQ Princess or from outside decks. Any group or organization interested in a special cruise on the CQ Princess should call Karen Faughn at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park at 1-800-325-0146.