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Birding, wildflower ID at Cumberland Falls

Learn bird-watching skills or find out how to identify spring wildflowers at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Slade.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park's naturalists and field leaders will teach the basics of bird-watching and identifying spring wildflowers Friday and Saturday. The program is $5 a person, with children younger than 10 free.

The event kicks off with registration from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening in the park's Dupont Lodge. At 8 p.m., naturalist Bret Smitley will present birding basics in the lodge.

Saturday's events begin at 8 a.m. with field walks to identify birds and their calls. At 11 a.m., learn how to build a bluebird box, for an additional $8. At 1:30 p.m., join in a one-mile wildflower walk that covers basic identification techniques. There will be more bird walks at 4 p.m. Wrapping up the instructional sessions at 8 p.m. is an ”owl prowl“ to attempt to hear an owl call in the wild.

Call 1-800-325-0063 or e-mail BretA.Smitley@ky.gov. The resort park is 20 miles southwest of Corbin.

A buffet for mom

The Mother's Day menu will be served noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at Kentucky's 17 state resort parks.

The Mother's Day buffet will include choice beef carved on the line, roast pork with apple dressing, chicken and dumplings, and fried catfish and hush puppies.

There also will be a chef's selection of garden vegetables, soup and salad bar, and dessert. The cost is $14.95 for adults, and $6.95 for children ages 6 to 12. Beverage costs are extra.

For more information, log onto www.parks.ky.gov and click on Resort Parks.

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