On the next Kentucky Life, hosted by Dave Shuffett, the program explores the unique biodiversity at Blood River Seeps State Nature Preserve in Calloway County. Also, a historical marker in Boyd County honors Mary E. Flanery, the first woman elected to the Kentucky legislature; Toby, the show’s canine co-host, attracts a crowd in Liberty; Stinky and Coco's Diner in Winchester serves up Today's Special; and Tin Can Buddha performs. The program airs Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8/7 p.m. CT and Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4/3 p.m. CT on KET.
Shuffett visits Blood River Seeps State Nature Preserve in Calloway County to explore the area’s unique ecosystem. With Libby Watt of the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission and John MacGregor, state herpetologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, Shuffett ventures to see how many species of reptiles and amphibians they can find in a day. From the widespread populations of the Blood River crayfish to large nesting populations of great blue herons, the area’s seeps, swamps, sloughs and streambeds are unmatched in Kentucky, supporting one of the most biologically rich areas in the state.
Blood River Seeps is also unique because visitors can walk through three different community types—a xeric, or dry, forest, the coastal plain forested acid seep, and bottomland hardwood forest. These community types are declining in Kentucky, and the coastal plain seep is rare on a global scale.
Also on this program, Toby, Shuffett’s canine sidekick, draws a crowd of people eager to meet him in the Casey County town of Liberty. Toby and Shuffett spend the afternoon taking in the sights of the town, which is the county seat and home to the annual Casey County Apple Festival, and meeting the folks who work and shop in downtown Liberty.
Also, in the program’s Today’s Special, two cats in Winchester have their own fan club among the patrons of Stinky and Coco’s, the popular café named after them.
In addition, a Boyd County historical marker honors Mary E. Flanery, the first woman elected to the Kentucky legislature.
This program also features a performance by Tin Can Buddha, a collection of musicians with connections to the region and each other that go back almost 40 years.
Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers include Rob Elliott, Jim Piston, John Schroering, Tom Thurman, and Wickey.
More information about Kentucky Life, including streaming video, is available at ket.org/kentuckylife.