KENTUCKY WILDfw.ky.gov/ A project of the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources (KDFWR), Kentucky Wild is devoted entirely to the monitoring and study of animals that are not hunted, fished or trapped. Bats, lizards, snakes, frogs, salamanders, mussels, songbirds, raptors, and darters make up over 90% of the state’s wildlife. Membership is $25 annually and proceeds fund survey and monitoring projects, purchase research equipment, enhance habitat necessary for shelter, feeding, and nesting, and protect and improve habitat for pollinators and migrating birds. https://app.fw.ky.gov/kywild/
BERNHEIM ARBORETUM AND RESEARCH FOREST Bernheim has a 92-year history of bird conservation including educational hikes and programs, bird surveys and counts documenting 229 species, golden eagle research and tracking, bird reintroductions for turkey and quail, and most recently songbird tracking with Lifetags in collaboration with MOTUS. Beckham Bird Club has helped fund projects such as eagle tracking. https://bernheim.org/learn/research/research-projects/ https://bernheim.org/birdresearch/
UPDATE ON BARN OWLS IN KENTUCKY Kate Slankard, avian biologist with the KDFWR, has passed on the results of the 2019 barn owl inventory. KDFWR documented 77 barn owl nests and 31 non-breeding locations during 2019. This was more barn owl locations than found during past efforts! About half of the nests and roosts were in nest boxes provided by KDFWR. More details about the results can be found here: https://fw.ky.gov/Wildlife/Pages/Barn-Owls-in-Kentucky.aspx Thanks to all who supported the barn owl project this year! We will plan to repeat the effort in 2022. In the meantime, please feel free to pass on info to Kate regarding nest locations and she is still looking for barn owl specimens [e.g. freshly dead roadkills] for KDFWR's contaminants/disease surveillance.