Nature Station

Eastern Red Bat
Andy Reago and Chrissy McClarren, CC 2.0 /

Bats are often associated with all things spooky: vampires, caves, dark nights in the forest. However, these furry-faced creatures play a highly important role in ecological systems around the world. Land Between the Lakes naturalist, John Pollpeter, visits Sounds Good to discuss these diverse, helpful, and not-so-scary mammals.

Tinthia Clemant /

Around October every year, a great orange migration of monarch butterflies moves from all over the United States east of the Rocky Mountains to the oyamel fir forests in central Mexico. Arrianne Byrum, public programs coordinator for the Woodlands Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes, visits Sounds Good to discuss this vividly colored species and how to witness their annual journey southward. 

Pascal Renet /

Although pelicans are normally associated with coastal areas, more and more of these large, big-billed birds are making a seasonal home in Land Between the Lakes. LBL lead naturalist, John Pollpeter, visits Sounds Good to discuss the recent influx of pelicans in western Kentucky. 

Arrianne Byrum / Courtesy of the Nature Station

Nonprofit group Friends of Land Between the Lakes is raising money for a new bobcat enclosure at the Nature Station.

James Hawkins,

Nine-banded armadillos can be found in Land Between the Lakes, eating pesky insects like yellowjackets, wasps and ants (and some plants, too). On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Woodlands Nature Station Lead Naturalist John Pollpeter to learn more facts about the leathery little mammal, including a unique reproductive trait, what happens if you scare one and whether or not you can get leprosy if you eat one.

More than 325 birds fly over our region on the Mississippi Flyway to the Gulf of Mexico, presenting us with a huge diversity of birds throughout the year. Aviva Yasgur of the Nature Station in Land Between the Lakes joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about Saturday's all-day celebration of birds for International Migratory Bird Day, with programs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and an exclusive early morning photography program at 9 a.m.

Extra Water Keeps LBL Animals Cool

Jul 30, 2012

Land Between the Lakes wildlife management workers say extra water is keeping their captive animals cool. LBL manages over 100 bison and around 35 elk, as well as numerous species at its Nature Station. Wildlife technician Curtis Fowler said so far the bison and elk are doing well in the heat