• Glowing sunset view from overlook - Photo by Jason Barnett Photography

    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

For The Love of Bugs: An Interpretive Program at Blue Heron Campground, Saturday, June 15

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News Release Date: June 11, 2013
Contact: Bill Herman, 606-376-3787
Contact: Effie Houston, 423-569-9778

The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area announces an entomological creature feature at the Blue Heron Campground on Saturday, June 15.  Please join Ranger Bill Herman at the Blue Heron campfire circle at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) to experience first-hand the fascinating world of many familiar and not so familiar insects, spiders and other arthropods that crawl and fly around us.  This program consists of an easy (less than a half mile), 45-minute sunset stroll searching amongst trees, weeds, and stones to find and enjoy many of the six- and eight-legged animals that live here on the Cumberland Plateau.

Warmer weather always provides park visitors with the best opportunities for observing the unique behaviors of insects and their closest relatives.  Would you like to learn how to distinguish a male lightning bug (firefly) from a female one from over a hundred yards away?  Do you ever wonder what might be lurking under a rotten log?  If so, come join the experience!  Everyone is welcome.  There is no charge to attend this program.

For directions or additional information, please call the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at (606) 376-3787. 

Did You Know?

Park interpreter presents program on Longhunters.

Longhunters were some of the first Europeans to traverse the Big South Fork region. It is said they were called longhunters either for the long rifles they carried or because the were typically gone on hunting trips for so long, sometimes up to a year.