Saturday, January 30, 2010

WVBG Call to Members

Those of you who are members of the West Virginia Botanic Garden should have received a brochure a few weeks ago asking you to update your information about which volunteer opportunities you are interested in. If you haven't already, please take a look at the brochure. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out the form and mail it in. Alternately you can can e-mail Erin Himmel directly at
If you aren't a member of WVBG or didn't receive a brochure, visit the West Virginia Botanic Garden for more details.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Rusty Blackbird Blitz

The second annual Rusty Blackbird Blitz is about to begin and volunteers are needed. This important bird count runs from Jan 30 through Feb 15. They are looking for volunteers to help map locations of this rapidly declining species. Even if you don't spot any Rusty Blackbirds, the negative data is needed as well and is vitally important. The program is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. The blitz is coordinated by the International Rusty Blackbird Technical Working Group at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center along with the Cornell Lab and Audubon. More information and contact information can be found at Rusty Blackbird Blitz.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Volunteers sought to work on W Va trail

PINEVILLE - Volunteers are being sought to map and construct West Virginia's segment of the Great Eastern Trail.
West Virginia State University extension agent Steve Clark said the nonmotorized trail will run about 1,800 miles from Alabama to New York.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Botanical Drawing for Adults

WVU Community Arts Program is offering a class in botanical drawing.

Botanical Drawing introduces students to foundation skills, materials, and techniques needed to create detailed and precise botanical drawings. Through easy-to follow exercises, students will learn to draw subjects accurately and to create illusions of depth in space. This student-focused class is open to anyone eager to learn drawing skills, from beginners to practicing artists. Skills acquired in this relaxing class can be directly applied to water color and color pencil paintings of botanical – and other – subjects as well.

Ann Payne, Instructor
Six weeks, February 14-March 21
Sundays, 1:00-4:00p.m., Rm. 2255
Cost: $180.00 (materials included)

For more information about this class and the many other offerings in the program, visit the Web site at for a copy of the brochure and a registration form. Students may register by mail, by phone or in person, by contacting the Community Arts Program Office at 304-293-4841, Ext 3168. Hours are 10am-noon and 1-4:30pm Monday-Friday, in Room 401A of the Creative Arts Center. The office will be closed on Martin Luther King Jr Day.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Note from Jim Fregonara

Jim Fregonara of the WVDNR, Wildlife Diversity Program, sent a note about the upcoming weekend at Twin Falls State Park, Jan 15-17. Jim says, "This sounds like a great weekend at Twin Falls State Park to have a lot of fun and earn Master Naturalist hours. The instructor, Doug Wood, is an excellent presenter for this material."

For more information about this weekend can be found on this flyer,
Tracking and Woods Lore Workshop.

The flyer lists the Master Naturalist class hours that can be earned. There is also a link to Twin Falls Resort State Park.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Deckers Creek group plans rain barrel class

Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) will host a workshop Jan 18 demonstrating the construction and use of rain-collection barrels. FODC staff and youth advisory board members will show community members how to construct a rain barrel and educate attendees on the function, proper use and benefits of using a rain barrel.
The workshop is open to the public and will be at 5:30pm at the FODC office, 1451 Earl Core Road, Suite No 4, Morgantown. Rain barrels will be available for purchase for $75 and for an extra $20 they can be delivered to your home.
Proceeds benefit FODC and the youth advisory board. Info, to reserve a rain barrel: Brian Carlson at 304-292-3970 or or