Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Monongahela Master Naturalist Book Club begins next week

We have made our selections for the winter's MN Book Club sessions.  All are invited, We will be meeting in the conference room on the Ground floor of the South Agriculture Sciences Bldg.,  Parking available and free after 5:00PM
December 6, 6:30 pm: The Wisdom Of Wilderness by Gerald May
January 10, 6:30 PM: What a Fish Knows by Jonathan Balcombe
February 7, 6:30 pm:  The Evolution of Beauty by Richard O Prum
March 7, 6:30 pm: Urban Forests by Jill Johns
Join the group even if you have not read the whole book.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

September events at the West Virginia Botanic Garden

September 1, 10:00 a.m. Arthritis and Gardening:Join Doug Cumpston, Assistive Technology Specialist with WV AgrAbility & WV Assistive Technology Systems to learn how arthritis can impact your ability to carry out gardening activities and what can be done to minimize its effect while gardening. The program will focus on techniques and tools that will help others overcome the limitations that arthritis can impose on the gardener. Most appropriate for adults. Free for WVBG members; $15 for non-members. Register here.
September 2, 2:00 p.m. Tree ID Walk: Broc Bowers, WVU Society of American Foresters club member, 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 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.

 September 4, 7:30 p.m. Moth Program: Local naturalist and educator John Boback will present on moths in WV, moth diversity, moth identification, moths as pollinators, and what we can do to help moths. Then we will catch and identify some moths! Bring a camera or smartphone to take detailed moth photos! Most appropriate for adults and older children. Free for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.

 September 8, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Making Your Cell Phone Photos Sing: Take your cell phone photos from ordinary to fabulous! In this workshop with artist and author Linda S. Gribko, you’ll learn basic to advanced compositional techniques and will put them into practice while capturing the natural beauty of the Botanic Garden. By the end of the session, you’ll be seeing potential subjects with a new eye and will be able to produce interesting and satisfying nature photos using only your phone. Please bring along a cell phone camera that you know how to operate. Ages 14 and up. $20 for WVBG members, $30 for non-members. Register here.

 September 9, 2:00 p.m. WVBG Citizen Scientists: Magnificent Monarch Butterflies: Join us at the WVBG Butterfly Garden and learn about the Monarch butterfly life cycle, magnificent migration, habitat needs, and conservation opportunities for citizen scientists and gardeners of all ages. Led by WVBG Education Specialist Stacy Clovis-Woofter, this program and walk will also feature national conservation efforts by National Wildlife Federation and Monarch Watch.  All ages. Free for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
September 16, 2:00 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 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.

 September 29, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Bird Day: Celebrate our avian friends at the Garden! Join us for a fall bird walk led by David Daniels, local birder and Field Trip Coordinator for Mountaineer Audubon (8:00 a.m.) followed by a live bird presentation by the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia (10:00 a.m.). Offered for free in conjunction with Mountaineer Audubon and ACCA. Register here for bird walk.  Register here for ACCA presentation.

September 30, 2:00 p.m. Writing & Walking in Nature: Join Shannon Sankey, M.F.A. to discover the power of nature writing to connect you to your environment, your community, and yourself. Learn how to keep a field journal, how to practice the art of walking mindfully, and how to write about nature with rich sensory description while walking to and writing at various sites in the Botanic Garden. Ages 12 and up. Free for WVBG members; $15 for non-members. Register here.

Monday, July 30, 2018

End of year schedule of courses

            2018 Master Naturalist Schedule of Classes                               
        [class times are at 6:00 pm unless otherwise noted]                                   
Date        Place         Hours        Instructor        Course           
15-Mar        Ag Sc S Rm 1030        1c        Hrabovsky        Introduction/ Names           
22-Mar        Ag Sc S Rm 1030        3c        Hrabovsky        General Ecology           
29-Mar        Ag Sc S Rm 1030        3c        Rentch        Terrestrial Habitats           
5-Apr        Ag Sc S Rm 1030        3c        Rentch        Wetlands           
12-Apr        Ag Sc S Rm 1030        3c        Owen        Habitat Improvement for Wildlife           
19-Apr        WVBG Welcome Center        3c        Hrabovsky        Trees ,Shrubs and Woody Vines           
26-Apr        Ag Sc S Rm 1030        3c        Kondo        Insects           
            May10-12 Wildflower Pilgrimage at Blackwater Falls State Park                               
17-May        WVBG Welcome Center        3c        Graffious        Birds           
19-May    9:00am    Cranesville Swamp        1/1c        Graffious/Hrabovsky Birds/trees                   
24-May          Ag Sc S 1030        3c        Simard        Geology           
26-May        TBA        3c        Simard        Geology field trip           
31-May        Ag Sc S 1030        3c        Phelps        Fish           
7-Jun        Ag Sc S 1030        3e        Carpenter        Soils           
            Master Naturalist State Conference June 15-17 @Cacapon State Prk                14-17 at Cacapon State Park               
21-Jun        Ag Sc S 1030        3c        Brown        Amphibians and Reptiles           
28-Jun        WVBG        3c        Hrabovsky/Carpenter    /    Ecology/Trees           
7-Jul    9:30 AM    WVBG        3c        Carlson        Acquatic Habitats           
12-Jul        Ag Sc S 1030        3c        Hrabovsky        Wildflowers           
19-Jul        Reedsville Rail Trail        2c        Hrabovsky        Wildflowers/Insects           
26-Jul        WVBG        3e        D. Gray        Nature Photography           
9-Aug        Ag Sc S 1001        2e        Dricoll        Ticks           
11-Aug    1:00 PM    WVBG        2e        Kasson        Invasive forest diseases           
16-Aug        WVU Herbarium        3c        Ford-Werntz        Recording and Preserving           
23-Aug        Ag Sc S 1001        3e        Cruze        Archeology           
6-Sep    7:00pm    Groscup Center        3e        Boback        Moths of WV           
13-Sep        Ag Sc S Rm 1001        c        Hrabovsky        Presentations           
20-Sep        Ag Sc S Rm 1001        c        Hrabovsky        Presentations           
23-Sep    2 :00pm    WVBG        2e        Fowler        Mosses and Ferns           
27-Sep        Ag Sci Rm 1001        3c        Owen        Mammals           
4-Oct        Ag Sci Rm 1001        2e        MacDonald        Restoring a Fallen Giant           
11-Oct        Ag Sci Rm 1001        2e        Schuler        Maple sugaring           
18-Oct        Ag Sci Rm 1001        3c        Vernon        WV Trout and Trout fishing           
20-Oct    TBA    WVU Forest        4e        owen        orienteering           
Ag Sci        South Agricultural Sciences Building                                   
WVBG        WV Botanic Garden                                   
Groscup Cabin         Dorsey's Knob                                   
e        Elective course                                   
c        Core course                                   

Friday, July 27, 2018

MAP Paddling trip this week

Saturday, July 28, Stonecoal Lake.  It's time for a lake paddling trip, and we have a beauty to show you, between Weston and Buckhannon, about an hour from Morgantown.  We will meet at the Stonecoal Lake boat ramp (Access Point #23, NOT #24, on the MAP Guide ) at 9:00 a.m. to beat some of the boat traffic.  This lake is peaceful due to restriction of motor boat engines to 10 HP max.  The water is typically crystal clear, and the lake largely undeveloped.  You can see photos from our July trip there last year in our MAP Facebook page photo album.

Directions to Stonecoal Lake:

--  Take the Buckhannon-Weston Exit 99 of I-79 and head east, toward Buckhannon.
--  In just over 3 miles from I-79, in Horner, turn right onto Georgetown Rd. (CR 15).  (If coming from Buckhannon, you will turn left.)
--  In about 2.5 miles, you will see McFly Outdoors shop down on the left, and a DNR sign for the lake.  Make a very sharp left turn onto Stonecoal Rd. (CR 15/5), drive past the Fly shop, and you will reach the boat ramp in less than 500 ft.

For all our paddling trips, come prepared.  Always bring your PFD, a whistle (required by state boating regs), DRINKS DRINKS DRINKS and snacks/food, sunscreen, dry bag, rope or strap, towel, windbreaker/rain gear, hat/cap, cell phone/camera, and any allergy meds you may need.  Binoculars are great to have along.  Have a change of clothes in your vehicle just in case.

Mary Wimmer
Organizer, Morgantown Area Paddlers
Cell phone:  304-685-5270

Work day to clear visto of Mason-Dixon Line!!!!

Here's your chance to really understand!

On Saturday, August 11, volunteer surveyors are meeting at Mason-Dixon Historical Park at 9:00 a.m. and hiking to the Line, about a mile, to clear the "visto" i.e., the path that is the location of the Mason-Dixon Line. (Not the whole distance, of course!)

Interested?  Helpers are invited (urged) to join in this fascinating enterprise.  The surveyors, including Monongalia County's elected surveyor (unpaid) Bob Andriotto, aim to clear the path and place additional, smaller, stone markers, so people can get a better idea of where the Line is.

I feel sure there will be refreshments afterwards for the workers. 

Bring gloves and whatever tools you can carry, to cut vegetation. I favor long-handled loppers. They can do a lot of damage to a thicket! Chainsaws and weedeaters will be part of the mix.

You can contact Pete Zapadka, chair of the M-D Line Festival, at 412-657-5638. or Bob at robertandriotto@gmail.com with questions.

Pass this on to anybody who loves history and wants to get involved for a few hours.
Betty Wiley

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Kayaking trips weeks of July 16

MAP paddling trip this week:

Thursday, July 19, Big Sandy Creek from Bruceton Mills to Clifton Mills and back.  This is a smaller stream than the Mon, with lots of shade, beautiful water and various flora and fauna to see.  Forecast looks perfect right now - cooler temps and little wind.  Meet at 5:00 p.m. at Bruceton Mills boat ramp (Access Point #21 on our MAP Guide below) to be ready to paddle by 5:15 p.m.  If you need to rent a kayak, contact "Padlz" in Bruceton Mills, right across from our put-in/take-out, or Vicky Evans at monriverrec@gmail.com.  Trip time estimated at 2.5 hours, depending on current.

Another Local Paddling Event:

On Sunday, July 22, starting at 10 a.m. there is a paddling event hosted by Palatine Park and Marion County Parks in Fairmont.  The following details are from their website (https://www.facebook.com/events/1624408960990073/):  "Join us for a day long paddle from Palatine Park to Pricketts Fort. Drop your craft at Palatine and then drive to Pricketts Fort to drop off your vehicle. We will have shuttles to bring you back to Palatine for the start of the trip. We hope to leave Palatine at 10am to arrive in Rivesville for lunch. Then, 2pm we will embark on the last leg of the trip to Pricketts Fort. Be sure to bring your whistle."  See Palatine website for registration form and lunch cost, or contact John Provins (jprovins@mcparc.com) for more details.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Conference pictures

Link to state website:  MNofWV.org