Sunday, November 29, 2009

2010 WV wildlife calendars available

The 2010 West Virginia wildlife calendars are available now, according to Curtis Taylor, chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section.
The cover of this wall calendar features an outstanding painting of an alert male turkey in the fall, This detailed, lifelike work of art is only one of the 12 beautiful paintings in this year's calendar. Others include a pair of northern pintails, an immature red-tailed hawk and cedar waxwings. A red squirrel, cottontail rabbit, green frog and a tulip tree silkmoth also grace the pages of this large-format calendar.
Feature articles highlight Didymo (an invasive algae), the Archery in the Schools program, and a look at all the 25 Wildlife Calendar covers produced by the DNR.
The calendar also contains the 2010 hunting and fishing license fees.
The calendar is available at DNR District Offices, department stores, newsstands, convenience marts and food stores statewide or from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, PO Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241, phone 304-637-0245.
Make checks payable to "WVDNR" for $14 per calendar, which includes shipping and handling (state residents add 60 cents for tax). VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.
Organizations, clubs and civic groups can raise money by selling the calendar. Contact the DNR for more information.

Group questions timbering in WV state forest

A group that promotes recreation and wildlife protection in Coopers Rock State Forest is questioning the state's plan to timber in a section of the park.
Members of the Coopers Rock Foundation said they're concerned about the forest's trails and the flat-spired three-toothed snail, which is only found in the Cheat River Gorge.
The state Division of Forestry said the project is designed to improve wildlife habitat and the oak tree population in an area near Scotts Run.
State Lands Manager Barbara Breshock said the goal is to improve conditions for the oaks to regenerate by reducing some of the shade on the forest floor.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Marion County Master Naturalist Classes Starting

Saturday, Nov. 14th, 2009 from 8am to 6pm
Sunday Nov. 15th, 2009 from 12 noon to 6:30pm

Location: Crossroads Community Cntr. Rt 310/East Grafton Rd.
From 1-79, take exit 137, go South on Rt 310, aprox 3.5 miles.
Turn Left onto Grassy Run road. Building is first one on the right.
Pot Luck on Saturday- Bring a dish to share!
( kitchen on site to heat food )
...and a cushion for your chair ;) (hard metal folding chairs)

*Classes for this weekend will be:
Saturday, November 14, 2009 8:00 am to 5:45 pm

8:00 am - 8:30 am Intro to WVMN

8:30 am - 10:30 am Birds In Winter ( elective ) Sue Olcott

15 min break

10:45 am - 12:30 pm Ecology pt 1 ( Core ) Erin Himmel

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch- POTLUCK bring a dish to share

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm Ecology part 2 ( Core ) Erin Himmel

15 min break

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm ID Trees In Winter ( Elective ) Ellen Hrabovsky

Sunday, November 15, 2009 12:00 pm to 6:30 pm

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Mammals ( Core ) Charles Lefebure

15 min break

3:15 pm - 6:15 pm Amphibians and Reptiles ( Core ) Jim Fregonara

Classes will have both in-class lecture AND field component-
~Coats, hiking boots, umbrella, gloves, hat, etc...
Melissa, volunteer coordinator
(304) 282-2260
Marion County MN Schedule 2009 - 2010

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mountaineer Audubon hosts birding talk

Mountaineer Audubon will hold a presentation entitled "Winter Birding in North Central West Virginia" at 7pm Tuesday at the Morgantown Public Safety Building, corner of Spruce and Walnut streets.
Guess speaker will be Sue Olcott, of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and past president of Mountaineer Audubon. The free program is open to the public.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Deckers Creek park dedication set for Sunday

Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC)and BOPARC invite the community to an Outdoor Learning Park Dedication at 2pm Sunday, along the Deckers Creek Trail behind the Sabraton Kroger.
The celebration begins with a short dedication ceremony featuring several speakers, including Morgantown Mayor Bill Bryne, and a seating area dedication in memory of local master naturalist Bill Grafton.
The BOPARC Senior Center will provide light refreshments and FODC Youth Advisory Board members will play old time music.
The will be a celebration of the environment and the arts as we dedicate this public greenspace to the community and recognize all of the hard work put into the project by FODC staff, community partners and countless numbers of volunteers.
FODC has its 2009 T-shirts for sale. They are made of organic cotton in chocolate brown with a scenic photo of the Deckers Creek gorge in the fall, taken by WVU professor and amateur photographer Dave Smaldone. T-shirts are $15 and can be ordered at 304-292-3970 or

Be a volunteer at Coopers Rock, get Halloween candy

The Coopers Rock Foundation is hosting its annual Coopers Rock Halloween Candy Trailwork Weekend. Volunteers will be supplied with Halloween candy.
Hours are from 10am-6pm today, at the entrance to the front gate parking lot, and from 1-5pm Sunday, at Pavilion No 3 in the lower picnic loop. A map will be attached to the kiosk near the restrooms in the parking lot. Volunteers may work as much or as little as they wish.
The work consists of maintaining drainage features, including water bars, dips, drainage ditches and culverts; removing downed limbs and branches over the trails; trimming vegetation growing into the trail corridors; cleaning out grills and cleaning off stone steps in the lower picnic loop. Tools and work gloves will be provided.
BlissBlissBliss will offer $1-per-minutes CHAIRity massages and Seated Thai Yoga from 1-4pm Sunday at Pavilion No 3. Proceeds go to the Coopers Rock Foundation. Info:

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Soils walk led by WVU Professor of Pedology and Land Use Dr James Thompson, Sunday, November 8, 2009, at 2pm, at the West Virginia Botanic Garden.
Jim will tell us how to identify the many soils of the WV Botanic Garden and their importance.
All ages are welcome.
Attendees should wear hiking footwear, preferably waterproof.
The WVBG is located on Tyrone Road between Snake Hill Road and Route 7.
The entrance gate will be open to allow parking at the lower parking lot.
Due to the popularity of this walk in the past, you are encouraged to be early or at least prompt.

Additional information about Professor Thompson is available at

Sierra Club hosts talk on Dunkard Creek

The WVU Sierra Student coalition and the Monongahela Group of the West Virginia Sierra Club are co-sponsoring a presentation by Dr Duane Nichols titled "Dunkard Creek: 1750-2010" at 7pm Nov 12, in Room 406 Allen Hall on the Evansdale campus of WVU. Local singer/songwriter Jim Savarino will complement the program with offerings from his Appalachian-rooted, original folk music.
Nichols - a local retired chemical engineer with experience in coal research and water chemistry and a longtime activist with CLEAR, Sierra Club, and more recently, the Upper Monongahela River Association - will discuss the conditions that led to the recent fish kills in Dunkard Creek, a tributary which extends about 40 miles from the Monongahela River to the western boundary of Monongalia County.
In the past two months, all the fish, mussels and many other creatures of Dunkard Creek have been killed by toxins released from the golden algae. Nichols will explain why conditions were right for the golden algae to bloom and kill the local stream when it was known previously in this country only as a threat to water bodies in the deep South. He will address the questions of whether this could have been prevented, whether it will happen again in Dunkard Creek and whether there are other streams in our area under threat. An opportunity for individuals and groups to address these concerns will be provided.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Candice at 304-594-3322