Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Upcoming Ogleby MN Sessions

An announcement has been received from the Ogleby Master Naturalists. Attached is a schedule for all core classes for the coming year. They have also included some electives. Presently they are working on a variety of new electives that will be announced shortly, as well as some dates for group field work doing some surveying for citizen science projects on frogs, insects etc. They are also working to establish a joint day in a state park with master naturalists from other area chapters.

They are offering Master Naturalists the opportunity to re-take any of the classes offered that they have already attended free of charge! Just fill out the registration form, and return it to the zoo so they know you are coming! (Based on availability - if the class is filled, they will notify you.) Scholarships are available to those in financial need. Scholarship forms are available on the website at

They advise you to dress for the weather, as most classes will involve time outdoors in the field. In case of bad weather, please call 304-243-4068 after 8 am on the day of the class. The message will indicate if there is a cancellation or delay.

If you have any questions, please call Penny Miller at 304-243-4027 (, or Vickie Markey at 304-243-4068 (

Master Naturalist Classes

January, February and March 2010 Schedule

Master Naturalist Registration Form - January, February, March 2010

Master Naturalist Instructor Bios

Friday, December 18, 2009

Last Minute Gifts of Interest

Here are some last minute gift ideas from your friends at the Geological Survey!

Master Gardener Class Canceled

The class scheduled for tomorrow, Dec 19, has been canceled due to an impending snow storm.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

WVDEP 2011 Calendar Photo Contest

The Departments of Environmental Protection and Transportation invite the public to submit entries for the 8th Annual West Virginia Operation Wildflower 2011 "Roadsides in Bloom" Calendar contest. The following rules apply:

• Photographs must be taken in West Virginia.

• Entries must be submitted as an 8" X 10" color print and must be landscape orientation (PORTRAIT ORIENTATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED).

• Flowers must be growing along a road and the road must be prominently visible in the photo. They may be growing naturally or in an Operation Wildflower bed planted by the Division of Highways. Pictures of cultivated species planted in arranged beds, such as marigolds, pansies, etc. do not qualify.

• Name, address, phone number, e-mail address (if you have one) and a short description of the photo, including location and county where photo was taken, must appear in the upper left hand corner on the back of the photo. Photos become property of the state and will not be returned.

• No more than three entries per person. However, only one winning photo will be selected from any photographer’s entries. Winners will be required to submit a digital copy of photo.

• Twelve winners will be selected to represent the months of the year. A grand prize winner will be chosen to appear on the calendar cover.

Mail entries to: WV Operation Wildflower
Roadsides in Bloom Calendar Contest
WV Department of Environmental Protection/REAP
601 57th Street, S.E.
Charleston, WV 25304

2010 Roadsides in Bloom Calendar - Please click this link to order your free 2010 Roadsides in Bloom calendar.

Lore & Tracking Weekend Jan 15-17 Twin Falls Resort State Park

January 15-17, 2010
Lore & Tracking
The weekend focus is on learning how our ancestors tracked the animals that provided food and clothing in the 18th century. Attendees participate in track walks and then have the opportunity to put new skills into use. Other weekend topics include: Indian stories, edible and medicinal plants, and an 18th century trading camp. To learn more, visit about our instructors, and view flier for workshop agenda.
Reservations required. $
Contact: Twin Falls Resort State Park 304-294-4000

For participants enrolled in the Master Naturalist (MN) Program, this weekend may count toward class hours in: (1) TRACKING 4 hrs, (2) Nature In WINTER 3 hrs., and (3) Medicinal/Useful PLANTS 3 hrs.

Eagle Survey Jan. 9th Pipestem Resort State Park

January 9, 2010
5th Annual Eagle Survey
Pipestem Resort State Park
Volunteer survey of wintering eagles in southern West Virginia.
Contact: For lodging reservations, 304-466-1800; for event info, Naturalist Jim Phillips, ext. 344

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Master Gardeners to hold backyard workshop Saturday

Monongalia County Master Gardeners are holding a workshop Saturday on "Creating a Wildlife-Friendly Backyard." The program is from 10am - noon at the WVU-Monongalia County Extension Office, Wes-Mon Plaza, Westover.
It is open to the public. The cost is $10 per person.
Monongalia Master Gardeners will share the ins and outs of how to attract birds, bats and butterflies to your yard or garden. This is part of the Learn to Grow series of gardening workshops. They will continue next year.
For a schedule: 304-291-7201

This may count as elective hours. Check with Ellen and/or Bev.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

WVU will host forum on environment

The WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design's Environmental Research Center will host an environmental forum from 3-5pm Dec 15 in Room 101 A and B of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy on WVU's Evansdale Campus.
A short, formal presentation about ERC goals and how researchers, communities and industry can become involved will begin at 3:30pm.
Light refreshments will be served.
The public is welcome to attend.
RSVP to Amanda White at by Friday. Info: Anderson at 304-293-3825 or

Thursday, December 3, 2009

FODC sets stream cleanup for Saturday

Friends of Deckers Creek will hold a stream cleanup from 10am - 5pm Saturday to honor the six-month anniversary of the passing of Ed Gaker.
Deckers Creek was one of his favorite places, and he spent a lot of time cleaning up trash dumps near the creek.
The local Morgantown crew is going to work on parts of Deckers Creek, focusing on the Pioneer Rocks stretch of the gorge along WV 7, just upstream from Dellslow, starting around 10am. If they run out of work there, then they'll probably head to Bull Run. Bring gloves and trash bags if you can.