Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Yet another pawpaw party

There will be yet another pawpaw party this Thursday at the WVU Core Arboretum from 6-7:30.  Come out and try them.  Or come back and eat some more.  They have a very short shelf life, so if you don't help eat them, they will go to waste.  Zack Fowler will be handing out information on how to grow trees from the seeds.  Come out anytime between 6-7:30.

Latest MAP Trips

Thursday evening, September 21:  Paddle the Mon River from Van Voorhis Launch North, a beautiful, wild area, with a diversity of wetland plants along a section of river left.  Meet at Van Voorhis Landing, ready to paddle at 4:00 p.m.  We will paddle at least within site of the Ft. Martin Power Plant, total trip duration 3 hours (sunset is around 7:20).

Sunday Sept. 24 Brunch at Table 9:  One of our favorite paddling trips, including Uffington departure, Morgantown lockage, and brunch at Table 9 before our return trip.  We will start paddling from Uffington at 10:00 a.m., reaching Table 9 around 11 (depending on lockage time).  I will need to know who is eating brunch by Noon Saturday so I can make reservations.  There is nothing like sitting out on the deck looking down on our colorful boats tied along the dock, while eating scrumptious food!

Mary Wimmer

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Science on Tap, Morgantown Brewing Company, Oct 11

Date:  Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time:  7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Location:  Morgantown Brewing Company

Dr. Jessica Turner-Skoff, The Morton Arboretum's 1st Treeologist, will be presenting on: "Why we should care about the trees in our cities: A scientific review of the benefit of trees"

Learn about the growing body of scientific literature which demonstrates that trees provide numerous benefits to humans and the environment in which we live. Trees make people healthier and happier as well as our neighborhoods safer and more social. Additionally, trees clean the air, help us focus, provide economic benefits, and they capture our imaginations and inspire us. Because of these innumerable benefits, trees should be incorporated into urban spaces. However, trees face additional challenges in a city environment that they do not experience in wild environments, and the presence of trees are often considered a luxury rather than a necessity. As cities are growing larger with a growing urban population, cities need trees. Learn how individuals and institutions can take action to protect, care for, and plant trees.
Facebook link for the event:  Science on Tap - Oct 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017

WVU Core Arboretum Pawpaw Party

In case you missed the party this past week, you will have another chance this coming Thursday, September 14.  Scheduled for 6:00-7:30 in the upper lawn, come out to try this marvelous fruit.  For more information contact Zack Fowler, zfowler@mail.wvu.edu.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Upcoming MAP trips

Saturday, September 9:  We are going to try for another Birding Paddling Trip on Big Sandy with Mountaineer Audubon's Lejay Graffious, hoping the weather cooperates!  Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Bruceton Mills boat ramp (Access Point #22 on our map below).  Bring several layers as it will start out pretty cool.  We will paddle north toward Clifton Mills, and back, as usual.  Paddling trip duration abt. 2.5 hours.

Immediately after this paddling trip, there are some associated activities Lejay informed me about.  The Northern Preston Farmers are having a Chicken BBQ in Brandonville, abt. a mile from our put-in.   People are welcome to come to Old Hemlock, Lejay's home, to eat their picked-up BBQ or packed lunch.  Lejay says he and wife Helen Ann can provide beverages.  If anyone wants a tour of Old Hemlock, he and wife Helen will be glad to give one - a fascinating story!  They have restrooms available, too.  Let me know if you are interested in the BBQ and/or tour so I can inform Lejay of numbers to expectThis way, you can miss the noon game traffic!

Don't forget your snack and drinks, sunscreen, hat, etc.

Tuesday afternoon, September 12 (mentioned previously):  Our Van Voorhis launch was made possible in part due to the WV Brownfields Program which helps in the restoration of old industrial sites into useful areas.  As part of the WV Brownfields Conference at WVU, the conference is sponsoring for its participants a Morgantown Paddling Event, and we've been asked to join them.  Please consider joining us on this trip to help introduce this important group to MAP and Morgantown's Mon River! 

It will be a one-way, 3-mile paddling trip from the Walnut St. boat ramp downtown (Access Point #3) to Star City (Point #2), starting around 3:00 p.m.  However, you will need to be at Walnut by 2:15 p.m. to drop boats off, then drive to Star City (and back) to set up our MAP shuttle.  I will need to know if you are going in order to help me plan our shuttle.
Mary Wimmer

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Core Arboretum Pawpaw Party!

Come to WVU Core Arboretum to taste pawpaws! The pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is the largest fruit native to West Virginia. Pawpaws have a luscious, tropical flavor that some describe as a combination of banana, mango, and pineapple and a smooth, creamy texture. Pawpaws ripen in Fall, and the Arboretum’s trees are starting to produce enough ripe fruit to gather. The Pawpaw Party will be Thursday, 29 Sept., from 5:30-7:00 p.m., or while supplies last!
A table will be set up in the lawn area at the Arboretum, and all are welcome to stop by and try a pawpaw.  Literature about pawpaws and how to grow the pawpaw seeds that will be left after trying the fruit will also be available.  Contact Zach Fowler (zfowler@mail.wvu.edu) for more information.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Goings on at the WVBG for September

September 2, 10:00 a.m.  WVBG Citizen Scientist! Magnificent Monarch Butterflies: Join us at the WVBG Butterfly Garden and learn about the Monarch’s life cycle, magnificent migration, habitat needs and conservation opportunities for citizen scientists and gardeners both young and old. Led by WVBG Outdoor Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, this walk and program will also focus on national Monarch conservation efforts by National Wildlife Federation and Monarch Watch. Walk open to all ages. Free. Register here.

September 17, 1:00 p.m. Mushroom Walk: WVU Professor of MycologyDan Panaccionewill lead us in search of forest fungi. He will show us how to identify the native mushrooms at the garden by their unique characteristics. Emphasis will be on general biology, not edibility. All ages. Free. Register here.

 September 23, 10:00 a.m.  Tree ID Walk: WVU Society of American Foresters club members will help us identify and teach us about some of the trees found at the WVBG. Bring a tree ID guide if you have one. All ages. Free. Register here.

 September 30, 8:00-11:00 a.m. Bird Day: Celebrate our avian friends at the Garden! Join us for a fall bird walk led by local birder John Boback (8:00 a.m.) followed by a live bird presentation (10:00 a.m.) and a young birders walk (11:00 a.m.) by the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia  Register here for the morning bird walk.   Register here for the ACCA presentation.  Register here for the young birders walk.