“People are hungry for this.”
Nature enthusiasts are getting their nourishment for knowledge through the Joe
Ford Nature Library. Co-founder Grace Ford provided Daviess County Audubon
Society members with an update of the library’s offerings during the March 13
Of particular interest to members was the recent addition of the Bert and Millie
Powell collection of bird-related materials. Seven hundred and eighty-three
books and other bird-related items are included in the collection, with 116
items connected to other materials.
The collection includes such staples as John James Audubon’s “Birds of America”
and Brainard Palmer-Ball’s “Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlas.” Other titles reflect
interest in birds far from the Bluegrass State: “Birds of Europe,” “Birds of the
Rockies,” “Connie Hagar –- the Life History of a Texas Birdwatcher,” “Common
British Birds” and books detailing species in Big Bend and Zion national parks.
Interested in how the study of nature has changed? Grace Ford said she is
enthralled by the large number of older magazines, with many complete annual
sets. The collection includes “The Migrant,” the Tennessee Ornithological
Society’s journal, dating back to 1934, the Kentucky Ornithological Society’s
“Kentucky Warbler” from 1942 and Audubon magazines as early as 1947.
Wrapping up a long career in education, she loved the 60-year-old Nature
magazines by the American Nature Association and Canadian Nature magazines from
the late 1940s.
“They had such wonderful activities for children. In fact, I will use some of
those activities for children.”
Along with bird-related materials, the collection also includes items ranging
from insects to natural history, including John Burroughs’ “America.”
Bill and Brenda Little recently visited the Powells in Jackson County and said
that Bert Powell “couldn’t be happier” with the location of his treasures in
Room 131 at Brescia.
The Powell collection joined those ornithological and historical resources
already shared by Joe Ford, as well as items from his long career as a
naturalist. One recent afternoon, Grace Ford noted, a patron stopped by to
explore archaeological materials, and Judy Tabor, who attended the March
program, returned to borrow a bluebird video.
While the library boasts an impressive collection of written resources, living,
breathing sources of knowledge have attracted visitors to several programs.
“We have four wonderful presenters,” Grace Ford said. A series of seasonal hikes
by Obbie Todd and Steve Hahus debuted to rave reviews this winter, with 38
hiking in Ben Hawes in late February and 24 registering for a wildflower/bird
hike in late March. Grace Ford shared her love of roses during February.
Wildflower hikes with Joe Ford and Hahus are scheduled for this month. The
Littles were to share their expertise on bluebirds in March, and Grace Ford
planned programs on the library’s birding resources and wildflowers for the
However, she can’t wait until summer, when the library will be able to
concentrate on attracting children to afternoon and Saturday programs. The
first, on reptiles, is tentatively set for May 20.
The Fords also are beginning to plan their first-year anniversary celebration,
which will include fall hikes and child and adult programs on ghost stories and
by the Joe Ford Nature Library
* Getting Ready for
* Indians of Our Area
* Ghost Stories
* Reptiles in General
*Wildflowers in Our Area
* Birds in the Backyard
* Daviess County in the Civil War
* Plant and Animal Invaders
* Owensboro Red Light District
* Outdoor Dangers
* Rocks and Minerals
* UFOs: Are They Real?
* The World of Plants
* The Good Ol’ Days – or Were They?
* The Tobacco Farm as It Was
* Spiders, Ticks and Chiggers
* It’s Time to Retire
* Joe Ford Library
* Field Trips/Nature Walks
* Nature Walks for all
Bill and Brenda Little
* Eastern Bluebirds
* Frog Logging
* Kentucky’s Forest Stewardship Program
* Kentucky’s Heritage Land Conservation Fund (Nature License Plate Fund)
* Organic and Native Plant Gardening
* Bird Identification
* Bird Songs
* Wild Flowers
* Reptiles and Amphibians
To schedule a program or field
trip, call (270) 785-4850, (270) 316-1632 or (270) 316-3702