Land Between the Lakes

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Land Between the Lakes is steeped in the history of the residents who lived between the rivers before their forced removal by the Tennessee Valley Authority to create the recreation area. The natives cherish their heritage and don’t look kindly upon those who disrespect it. The legend of a beast living within LBL is a piece of folklore that some Between the Rivers residents consider offensive. 

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Although often associated with all things spooky, most spiders found in Kentucky do far more good than harm. Woodlands Nature Station naturalist, Shannon Brockway, speaks with Tracy Ross about our eight-legged, bright-eyed friends.

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Enjoying nature isn't limited to hiking and sightseeing; foraging wild edibles is a rewarding way to find unique and nutritious foods. Woodlands Nature Station naturalist, Shannon Brockway, speaks with Tracy Ross about the best wildlife for beginner foragers and important precautions to follow while harvesting.

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John Pollpeter, lead naturalist at Land Between the Lakes' Woodlands Nature Station, speaks with Tracy Ross about Kentucky's state mammal, the Eastern gray squirrel, and its aerodynamic relative, the Southern flying squirrel.

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In his 23 years at the Woodlands Nature Station in Land Between the Lakes, lead naturalist John Pollpeter has found that snakes get the worst reputation amongst nature-goers -- more so than bats, coyotes, or spiders. Pollpeter speaks with Tracy Ross about the divisive species, including which kinds can be found at LBL and their crucial role in their ecosystem. 

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Every year in late summer, hundreds of hummingbirds pass through the Land Between the Lakes area while migrating to South America. The Woodlands Nature Station's lead naturalist, John Pollpeter, speaks to Tracy Ross about the small, iridescent birds and opportunities to see them at LBL.

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The Land Between the Lakes area stretches across 170,000 acres of western Kentucky and Tennessee, providing opportunities for hiking, camping, boating, wildlife viewing, and more. Lead naturalist at the Woodlands Nature Station, John Pollpeter, speaks with Tracy Ross about the growing paddling trend at Land Between the Lakes. 

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This time of year, Land Between the Lakes' Woodlands Nature Station is inundated with concerned calls about lone fawns, sparsely-feathered fledglings, and other seemingly abandoned creatures. The nature station's lead naturalist, John Pollpeter, speaks with Tracy Ross about the appropriate steps to take in animal rescue - and non-rescue - situations. 

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This week marks the beginning of the second encore airing of Constance Alexander's Connecting People and Place, a thirteen-part series about the former residents of Between the Rivers. Alexander speaks with Tracy Ross about the creation and interviewing process of the oral history project.

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Before there was Land Between the Lakes, there was Between the Rivers. Starting this Thursday, WKMS will revisit a documentary series about the cluster of small communities nestled between the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers prior to the creation of the national recreational area.

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