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Cool Critters Day At Woodlands Nature Station

June 19, 2015 | Press Release from Land Between The Lakes

 Get an up-close look at birds, bugs, snakes, turtles, and more during Cool Critters Day at Woodlands Nature Station in Land Between The Lakes, Saturday, July 11, 2015, from 10am-4pm. Event admission is $5 per person; ages 4 and under are free. All programs are included with admission.

See live tropical birds up-close, pose for a picture with a snake, touch a tarantula, and stare down a snapping turtle. A variety of live animal programs and exhibits, as well as kids’ games, crafts, visits from Smokey Bear, and other animal-inspired activities will be available throughout the day. A complete schedule can be found on the event page online at www.landbetweenthelakes.us/calendar/cool-critters-day/.
 
Photos left to right: Tarantula, Tailless Whip Scorpion, & Python by Melodie Anderson; Cassowary (Tropical Bird) by
Nashville Zoo; Alligator by KY Reptile Zoo; Gila Monster by Natural History Educational Company of the Midsouth
           
Special guests include:

    ·Insect Road Show with the University of Kentucky’s Department of Entomology, ongoing from 10am-4pm. Visiting Entomologist, Ric Bessin, will introduce critters such as a tarantula, giant millipede, walking stick bug, and more.
    ·Cool Critters of the World with the Natural History Educational Company of the Midsouth at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Meet a fruit bat, Gila monster, Eurasian eagle, and a few other surprise critters, and discover the cool ways these awesome animals survive and how the public can help protect them in the wild.
    ·Beautiful Birds: Tropical & Exotic from Nashville Zoo’s Wildlife on Wheels. Alison Rihs will present a live exotic tropical birds program at 12pm. See these beautiful birds up-close, discover more about their lives in their native habitats, and find out what challenges they face.
    ·Radical Reptiles from the Kentucky Reptile Zoo at 2pm. Meet a variety of reptiles from around the globe and explore the diversity of the reptilian world. Learn what makes each animal unique, how it survives in its environment, and the important role it plays in nature.

Additional guests include, live reptiles and amphibians from Murray State’s Herpetological Society, aquatic animals from Murray State’s Hancock Biological Station, and more!

“If your children like animals, they’ll love Cool Critters Day,” said Nature Station naturalist, Aviva Yasgur. “Thanks to some great sponsors we will be offering two new exciting programs, Tropical Birds and Radical Reptiles. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about these interesting, exotic critters and see them up-close.”

Support for this program is provided by Murray State University’s Hancock Biological Station, Murray Animal Hospital, Prizer Point Marina & Resort, The Murray Bank, Vacation Club International, Shawnee Bay Resort, Camp-A-Rama, Taylor Family Dentistry, and Benton Lakeland Animal Hospital.

The following link will take you to Flickr where you will find the photos included in this news release, along with photo credits, captions, and additional photos for downloading:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/lblkytn/sets.

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually. The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support.

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000. For more information on the Friends of Land Between The Lakes, log on to www.friendsoflbl.org. To subscribe to the official electronic newsletter, send an email to LBLinfo@fs.fed.us. Land Between The Lakes official Twitter accounts include @LBLScreechOwl, @LBLNature,@LBLHomeplace, and @LandBtwnLakes, and Pinterest www.pinterest.com/lblnra.

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Eagle's Nest
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This bald eagle keeps an eye out for it's mate from their nest high in a tree top in Land Between the Lakes. The average eagle's nest is five feet wide!