• The Historic Entrance of Mammoth Cave

    Mammoth Cave

    National Park Kentucky

Birds

Nature and Science

Screech owl

A panoply of feathered fauna inhabits Mammoth Cave National Park, including grebes, herons, geese, ducks, vultures, hawks, bald eagles, quail, wild turkey, sandpipers, doves, hummingbirds, kingfishers, whip-poor-wills, owls, flycatchers, crows, blue jays, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, wrens, thrushes, catbirds, starlings, vireos, wood warblers, tanagers, cardinals, sparrows, blackbirds, and finches.

Did You Know?

Tuberculosis Hut in Mammoth Cave

In 1841, cave owner Dr. John Croghan believed the cave air might cure his patients suffering from tuberculosis. He brought 16 patients into Mammoth Cave that winter and housed them in stone and wood huts. After some perished, they left the cave, for of course the cave air offered no cure.