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December 2019  KSNH News and Events

 Annual Conference

Mark your calendars!! On February 28–29, KSNH will meet jointly with the Kentucky Organization of Field Stations at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, Lexington KY. Registration information will be sent in December. 


Student Research Grants


We are pleased to announce funding to support undergraduate and graduate student research that expands natural history knowledge in Kentucky. We encourage research in both the field and laboratory, with information disseminated through presentations, journals, monographs, books, and other literature. The KSNH includes all of the field sciences of natural history— geography, geology, biology, environmental chemistry, and others, so please pass this on to your colleagues. 


Grants of up to $1000 for graduate students and $500 for undergraduate students will be awarded. Funds may be used to pay for travel and consumable supplies associated with research, but may not be used to pay stipends or hourly wages. The deadline for submission of applications is 1 February 2020, and successful applicants will be announced at the KSNH annual conference held on 28-29 February 2020 at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary in Fayette County, KY.

Student Research Grants

The student’s application packet should include the following:

1.  Cover letter explaining the importance of their research, and how it contributes to our understanding of Kentucky Natural    History.

2.  Proposal describing the prospective project, including introduction, objectives, methods, and references. It should not exceed two single-spaced pages.

3.  An itemized and descriptive budget; include other funding sources (if any) for the proposed research.

4.  Plans for dissemination (honor’s or MS thesis, presentations, publications, etc.).

5.  Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant’s major professor or project director (with telephone number and/or email). At least one of the two references must be a KSNH member.


Applicants are encouraged to become members of KSNH, but membership is not required to be awarded a grant. The grant recipient is required to provide KSNH with a short summary of the funded research within one year of receiving the grant.  The grant recipient is also required to present his/her work at the annual conference of the Kentucky Society of Natural History. Additional presentations, such as the annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science, are also encouraged.


Grant award winners will be selected by the KSNH Board. Application materials #1–4 should be submitted as a single PDF by the student applicant, and letters of recommendation should be emailed directly by the references to Stephen Richter, President of the Kentucky Society of Natural History ( Senders will receive a confirmation-of-receipt email.


Eagles Weekend, February 7-9, 2020
at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park is pleased to announce Eagles Weekend 2020 will be February 7th - 9th, 2020!  This unique event is sponsored by the Kentucky State Parks and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Guided eagle viewing tours take place aboard the luxurious CQ Princess yacht on the beautiful 160,000 acre Kentucky Lake! Guided eagle and wildlife viewing van/bus tours of the scenic Ballard Wildlife Management Area are also available!

Eagles Weekend Packages include:   

  • Lodging of your choice at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
  • Admission to the Friday evening educational presentation
  • Your choice of one of our three guided Eagle Viewing Cruises aboard the CQ Princess, Saturday AM or PM or Sunday AM
  • Your choice of Saturday or Sunday guided eagle/wildlife viewing van/bus tours of the scenic Ballard Wildlife Management Area, one of the most diverse ecosystems in Kentucky!
  • Admission to the Saturday evening live bird of prey presentation presented by the World Bird Sanctuary
  • Plus, a $25 credit to be used in our gift shop to obtain your Eagle Weekend souvenir
Get up close and personal to Eagles and other wildlife while attending the annual Eagles Weekend 2020

Book your reservations now for this event of a life-time!

To get started, click the link below to make your reservation, or contact us directly at (270) 362-4271! Space is limited!

Again, join us for this "bucket list" experience right here at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park! It is going to be an amazing time!

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Green River National Wildlife Refuge dedicated in Henderson County

An overview of the potential area of the newly established Green River National Wildlife Refuge in Henderson County. (Photo: Furnished)

HENDERSON, Ky. - The nation's 568th national wildlife refuge was officially created on Friday in Henderson County. It is only the second such area completely inside the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) were both in attendance for the event, and said the project is a culmination of years' worth of work.

"This is an idea that has floated around since the 1980s," said Bernhardt, during a sit-down interview with The Gleaner. "These things take a long time to come into being and this one in particular has tremendous local support and that local interest is what drove Congress, through its leadership, to get it done."
He singled out McConnell for making this national wildlife refuge, and the state's first one at Clarks River near Benton, Ky., become a reality.

"But for him it would not have happened," Bernhardt said.

An angler and hunter himself, the secretary said he learned early about the value of open public lands.
"I grew up in a little town called Rifle, Colorado, and the whole community was surrounded by federal lands. You could do anything you wanted out on that land, and I spent way too much time hunting and fishing and probably not enough time studying."

"I'm a big believer that being outside is about as close to God as you can get," he added, "and I think so much comes from that, both individually and as a society."

Sen. Mitch McConnell speaks at the dedication of the Green River National Wildlife Refuge in Henderson County. Seated next to him are, at left, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Principal Deputy Director Margaret Everson. (Photo: Douglas White / Henderson)

From McConnell 
"Twenty years ago, we were the only state in the union with no federal wildlife refuge," Sen. McConnell told those at the dedication Friday, in a corn field that is part of the new refuge near the Ohio River.

"And I can remember the first move for Clarks River and having a number of my western colleagues ... say 'Really, you want public lands. I've got plenty I'd be happy to give it to you ... but for us, it's different in the East, and we need places like this. The establishment of the Green River National Wildlife Refuge will preserve our natural resources for future generations of sportsmen and tourists to enjoy."

“Like the Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge, the other federal wildlife refuge I helped establish in Kentucky, this widely popular habitat can draw outdoor enthusiasts and encourage growth in the local economy. I was proud to attract national attention to this Kentucky priority as Senate Majority Leader, bringing together Henderson’s leaders and the Trump administration, especially Secretary Bernhardt, to implement my legislation authorizing this refuge. Together, we’re protecting these lands for future recreation and enjoyment and fulfilling our responsibility as stewards of Kentucky’s natural treasures.”

While stressing that land for the refuges in Kentucky are only acquired from willing sellers, McConnell related that Margaret Everson, principal deputy director with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, told him this is the first such project she's seen that wasn't objected to by anyone on the local level.

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