Thursday, June 22, 2017

WVU Core Arboretum Work Day Wednesdays

Volunteers help keep the Arboretum beautiful, and you can be a part of the crew each Wednesday, from 4-7 pm (1-4 pm during winter)!  We will work on trails, do invasive species removal, clean drainage channels, maintain lawn areas, etc.  The program is open to all.  It is hard work, but good exercise, and it is much appreciated by the Arboretum’s many users.  Interested volunteers should  email Zach Fowler ( to schedule a time slot, and WVU students and faculty should register on iServe.  There is a limit on the number of volunteers that we can accommodate each day, but the program will be ongoing.  Volunteers will meet near the Arboretum parking lot.  Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes, long pants, and clothes that are okay to get dirty.  The event will be cancelled if the weather is dangerous.

DNR warns against river otters after two were bitten

Two people were recently bitten by a river otter while boating on Dunkard Creek in Monongalia County, near Mason-Dixon Historical Park.  The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) reminds the public to exercise caution around these aquatic mammals.
River otters have large home ranges in and along many of the streams and rivers in the state.  Otters are territorial and may aggressively protect their young, so people should be extra careful not to disrupt their habitat.
"Do not approach river otters," Steve Raouch, District 1 wildlife biologist, said.  "If an otter approaches, you should take steps to keep the otter away from you.  This can be done with boat oars, fishing rod, or whatever else might be readily available.  You should never try to touch a river otter or any other wild animal."
(Dominion Post 6/20/2017)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Arboretum hosts first lecture of season

Local and regional experts will speak at the WVU Core Arboretum this summer as part of its new Nature Connection Series.
The talks will be at 6pm every Tuesday through August, at the Arboretum Amphitheater.  Talks are free and open to the public.  Some may include walking or fieldwork.
The series began this week, with Megan Kruger, environmental education associate at the West Virginia Water Research Institute.  Her lecture was, "Investigating nature's calendar: A pathway to citizen science."
The month's remaining talks include:
June 13 - "Backyard beetles: Using citizen science to uncover beetle biodiversity hidden in plain site," presented by Matt Kasson, WVU assistant professor of plant pathology.
June 20 - "Migratory birds in WVU Core Arboretum," presented by Chris Rota, WVU assistant professor of wildlife and fisheries resources.
June 27 - Jesse Fallon, veterinarian at the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, will talk about the center and wild bird and animal rehabilitation.
The 2017 WVU Core Arboretum Nature Connect Series is supported by the WVU Department of Biology, the WVU Core Arboretum Endowment and the Robert C. Cull Outreach Fellowship.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

West Virginia Land Trust with Friends of the Cheat

Join us for "Paddle Party!"

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Blackwater Outdoor Adventures
Parson, WV
Float:  10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
After party:  4 P.M. - 10 P.M.

Float the Upper Cheat River Water Trail from Holly Meadows to St. George.
Meet at Blackwater Outdoor Adventures at 10 A.M. to conserve parking and get a free shuttle to the put-in.  
(Launch by 11 A.M. to join the floatilla.)

Then join the paddling after-party at Blackwater Outdoor Adventures' take-out around 4 P.M.
Live music, refreshments, and plenty of friends to share your big fish stories with around the campfire!

Activity Level:  Beginner / Easy

Cost:  $30 (single kayak rental) / $45 (tandem kayak OR canoe rental) / FREE if you have your own gear

Monday, May 8, 2017

Kayak trip this Wednesday on the Mon River

MAP Trip Wednesday, May 10:  Finally a perfect paddling day, with warm temps, low chance of rain, AND light wind!  We will be paddling from our kayak launch at Van Voorhis Landing, north on the Mon River.  Be ready to put in at 4:00 p.m. for an approx. 3.5-hour round trip, depending on how long we stop for nature viewing.  Should be good birding, and hopefully, more wildflowers.  Bring your binoculars!

Mary Wimmer
Organizer, Morgantown Area Paddlers
361 Laurel St.
Morgantown, WV  26505
Cell phone:  304-685-5270

Garlic Mustard Pull at Friendship Hill NHS Friday, May 12

Please forward this email to anyone who is interested including the Monarch Mafia!

Is anyone willing to volunteer on Friday, May 12th at 9:00am to remove garlic mustard at Friendship Hill NHS?

Sorry for the short notice, but we want to get these plants pulled before they go to seed. 


Renee C. Benson
U.S. Park Ranger

Friendship Hill National Historic Site
223 New Geneva Rd.
Point Marion, PA 15474 
office: 724-329-2504
work mobile: 412-582-4064

Morgantown Migratory Bird Day May 13 Coopers Rock

From Katie Fallon of the ACCA:
MMBD will be held Saturday, May 13, at Cooper's Rock State Forest. The day will begin with a bird walk on the Raven Rock Trail at 7:30am. It will be guided by LeJay Graffious, Derek Courtney, and Sue Olcott of Mountaineer Audubon. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. In the past, this walk has been very well attended, and we encourage everyone to participate.

After the walk, festivities will continue in the pavilion near the overlook. Starting around 8:30am or so, we will have Bird Friendly coffee and treats available. There will also be several educational displays in the pavilion, as well as owl pellet dissection and arts and crafts for kids. We will have a live raptor presentation at 10am, an "intro to birding" discussion at 11am, and another live raptor presentation at 12pm. Jim Sheehan will set up his scope near the overlook, too, and will keep a list of birds we see in the immediate vicinity. We will probably wind down by 2pm. Everything is free and everyone is welcome. It's really a fun day -- one of my favorite days of the year.