Topic: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Golden Pond, KY – On November 1st, 2014, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will close nine wildlife refuges to human entry and all activities including hunting, fishing, and boating. These areas will remain closed through March 15th, 2015.
The wildlife refuge closures include portions of Duncan Bay, Smith Bay, and Rushing Bay on Kentucky Lake; Fulton and Honker Bays on Lake Barkley; the western one-third of Energy Lake; and Long Creek Refuge at the back of Elbow Bay. These areas are marked with buoys or signs. Entry is prohibited from November 1st to March 15th.
Written by Alan Buis
Pasadena, CA – A new space-based instrument to study how effectively plants use water is being developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. The instrument, called the ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS), will monitor one of the most basic processes in living plants: the loss of water through the tiny pores in leaves.
When people lose water through their pores, the process is called sweating. The related process in plants is known as transpiration. Because water that evaporates from soil around plants also affects the amount of water that plants can use, ECOSTRESS will measure combined evaporation and transpiration, known as evapotranspiration.
Golden Pond, KY – Come out to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 for some kid friendly, non-scary, daytime fun at the 20th Annual Nature Station Howl-O-Ween Trail from 1:00pm until 4:30pm. Take a 1/4 mile guided woodland walk at the superhero-themed bash.
Admission is $5.00 for all ages and free for ages 4 and under.
Golden Pond, KY – Early Scots-Irish settlers’ traditions come to life when Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area presents Snap Apple Night at The Homeplace, Saturday, October 18th, 6:30pm-9:00pm. Doors open at 6:00pm.
During Snap Apple Night, The Homeplace takes on a magical and mysterious atmosphere. The evening begins around a blazing bonfire where storytellers entertain with eerie tales. Visitors can join an old-time Snap Apple play party and participate in fortune telling games from the 1850’s—be prepared for the unexpected!
Washington, DC – Millions of youth around the country became “aerospace engineers” for a day on Wednesday, as 4-H National Youth Science Day’s “Rockets to the Rescue” took center stage during National 4-H Week, Oct. 5th–11th.
National 4-H Week is the time when America’s 4-H clubs showcase their 6 million members and the programs in which they participate. Studies indicate that youth who engage in 4-H’s research-driven programming are four times more likely to contribute to their communities, make healthy life choices, and strive to finish college.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency completed “The Tennessee Northern Bobwhite Quail Restoration Plan” last year and it is now being put into action.
The northern bobwhite quail is Tennessee’s state game bird and historically was a prominent game bird across the southeastern United States. Unfortunately, due to the large scale loss of farmland, changes in agriculture, and increases in forest land, quail habitat has been reduced or eliminated. As a result, the northern bobwhite population in the U.S. has been on a decline. «Read the rest of this article»
Golden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area invites families to “Tame the Wild” at the Outdoor Kid’s Fest Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, October 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2014.
This new event will take place at Woodlands Nature Station from 10:00am-4:00pm each day. Spend Columbus Day holiday weekend learning outdoor skills, both old-fashioned and modern. «Read the rest of this article»
Baiting Program Expanding in Tennessee This Year to Prevent Raccoon Rabies
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is working with the United States Department of Agriculture to help prevent rabies by distributing oral rabies vaccine for wild raccoons along Tennessee’s borders with Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.
The annual baiting program administered by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, began in Tennessee September 27th, 2014.
“Control of raccoon rabies is vital to public health, as reducing rabies in wildlife helps prevent transmission to people, pets and livestock,” said Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. ”We are pleased to be part of this important and effective program.”
Golden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will host a volunteer trail maintenance day to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27th, from 9:00am-12:00pm. To sign up, volunteers can call 270.924.2007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone will meet at the North Welcome Station at 9:00am. Volunteers are asked to bring lunch, snacks, and a water bottle. Bug spray, tools, and additional water will be provided by Friends of Land Between The Lakes.
Golden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area hosts 12-Hours of the Canal Loop Endurance Mountain Bike Race on Saturday, September 27th, from 9:00am-9:00pm. Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive will be closed to non-participants Friday and Saturday, September 26th and 27th.
This endurance mountain bike event, hosted locally by Land Between The Lakes and Endurance + (Plus), is sanctioned by USA Cycling.
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