Hi gang, Rick here from Used Pontoon Boats. Winter is the time when bird watchers flock to state parks, binoculars and cameras raised to capture a glimpse of a bald eagle.
Kenlake State Resort Park, along with Dale Hollow Lake, Lake Barkley and Kentucky Dam Village state resort parks, host Eagle Watch Weekends during January and February.
State park naturalists and Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources biologists lead the weekend tours, which can take place on an excursion yacht, barges, pontoon boats and by van.
“Beginners and longtime birdwatchers are really interested in seeing a bald eagle out in the wild,” state naturalist Carey Tichenor said.
Ticket prices range from $20 to $50 a person and most tours last between 2 to 31/2 hours.
Tichenor said the eagles in Kentucky’s state parks are mainly migratory birds that have flown south from the Great Lakes region, although a few pairs are native to Kentucky.
Statewide, the eagle population is estimated at 200 to 300 during the winter.
“Depending on the temperatures and the types of winters up north, statewide numbers can vary from year to year,” Tichenor said. “The milder the winter, the fewer eagles you see.”
Kenlake’s Eagle Watch Weekend is Feb. 1-3, and includes an option to view eagles from the CQ Princess, a 96-foot yacht, where guests can view the birds from inside the boat or on one of the outside decks.
Kenlake will also offer week and weekend cruises on the CQ Princess through Feb. 24.
Weekend cruises are offered in cooperation with the state fish and wildlife department and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
For more information about the Eagle Watch Weekend at Kenlake, call (800) 325-0143. Thanks to bgdailynews.com for this.
Used Pontoon Boats, By Cathy Henry and Rick Ostler
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