Monday, August 30, 2010

2010 Gem, Mineral, & Fossil Show

2010 Gem, Mineral, & Fossil Show hosted by and at the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey
Dates: Sept 25-26
Place: WVGES, 1 Mont Chateau Road (Cheat Lake), Morgantown, WV
Info: Local and regional vendors make available a variety of interesting and educational materials and geologic wonders. Purchase rock samples, minerals, and Displays, geode cutting, and exciting shopping opportunities. Fun for all ages. Free admission and parking. The WVU Student Chapter of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) will be on hand with an informal display and free mineral samples. Children under 12 receive a free rock or fossil specimen when accompanied by an adult.

Further information:

Great Valley Water Resources Science Forum

Great Valley Water Resources Science Forum (karst and water issues)
Place: Shepherdstown, WV at the US Fish and Wildlife National Conservation Training Center
Dates: Sept 15 for canoe field trip and mapping
Sept 16-17 for conference
Register by Sept 1st.

Further information

Friday, August 27, 2010

Downtown WVU Campus

For those unfamiliar (or no longer familiar)with the downtown campus and are planning on attending the class on Sept 2 at the WVU Herbarium, use this link to give you a general overview of the buildings and parking lots on the downtown campus.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


The following obituary appeared in the Elkins Inter-mountain:

Thomas J. Allen, 69, passed away Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, in Hope Hospice of Cape Coral, Florida.

Tom was born at Boston, Massachusetts, on Nov. 21, 1940, to John T. and Anita (Lampro) Allen, now deceased, and grew up in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

He joined the Air Force in 1960, and served his tour of duty in Labrador. Upon discharge in 1964, he enrolled at the University of Maine, earning a bachelor's degree in entomology and a master's degree in wildlife management. For 32 years, he served as a wildlife research biologist for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources in Elkins and became an expert in radio telemetry. Tom's lifelong passion for Lepidoptera led him to research, write and publish two popular field guides on butterflies. In 2003, he retired and relocated to Cape Coral, Florida, but remained active with many endeavors, including working with Florida Fish and Wildlife on the burrowing owl study, teaching at Edison College and writing a regular column for Birds & Blooms magazine. Tom was a nationally recognized wildlife artist, a gifted photographer, an avid native plant gardener and beekeeper, and a fossil hunter and collector. He was a dedicated conservationist who loved to share his knowledge, speaking to diverse groups in many venues.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Sandy; three daughters, Rebecca J. Allen of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Elizabeth J. (Glynn) Capell of Bluffton, South Carolina, and Jennifer L. (Kenneth) Collins of Pendleton, South Carolina.; a son, Thomas J. (Ellamae) Allen of Seattle, Washington; a stepdaughter, Erin E. Guyer of Atlanta, Georgia; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, twin James E. (Ann) of N. Attleboro, Massachusetts, and Steve of Carmel, Maine; a sister, Nancy L. of West Bend, Wisconsin; and a nephew and several nieces.

A memorial service was conducted earlier this month in the chapel of Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 S.W. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, Florida. Interment was scheduled to be held in Pinelawn Memorial Park, Southern Pines, North Carolina.

Contributions in Tom's memory may be made to Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife, P.O. Box 152761, Cape Coral, Florida 33915 or to Hope Hospice of Cape Coral.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Sierra Club sponsors Otter Creek hike

The Sierra Club will lead a hike Saturday into the Otter Creek Wilderness. This easy, 5-mile hike is along an old railroad-grade trail. Hikers will follow the seven principles of "Leave No Trace" outdoor ethics. Lunch will be at a swimming hole, with the return trip on the same trail.
Info: Ann Devine-King, 304-594-2636, or

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

FODC to discuss acid remediation benefits

The economic benefits of remediating acid mine drainage in the Deckers Creek watershed will be discussed at a Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) out-reach meeting set for 6:30pm Thursday, in WVU's Percival Hall, Room 308, Evansdale Compus. The speak is Evan Hansen, environmental consultant and former FODC board president. Refeshments will be provided.
This weekend, FODC staff and Youth Advisory Board (YAB) members are teaming up with community volunteers to paint a watershed-inspired mural, "We All Live Downstream" under University Avenue, along the Deckers Creek Rail Trail.
The wall will be prepared early this week and painted Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers are needed to help paint this 15-foot by 90-foot community mural with mountains, streams, wildlife and watershed facts.
To volunteer: Mary Luckini, or 304-292-3970.
This project will be partially funded through a local State Farm grant to support FODC YAB community service-learning projects.
Registration is under way online for the 4th annual Deckers Creek Adventure Day, set for Oct 3 at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park in downtown Morgantown. Those registering through Sept 10 will pay a $90-per-team registration fee. Those registering from Sept 10-Oct 1 pay a $120 per-team fee.
Info, to register:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sierra Club sets Coopers rock cleanup

As part of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Adopt-a-Trail Program, the West Virginia Sierra Club has adopted the Intermediate Ski Loop Trail at Coopers Rock State Forest, and has scheduled a train maintenance day from 9-11 am Saturday, Aug 14.
Adam Polenski, dedicated Coopers Rock volunteer and experienced trail maintainer, will guide volunteers working on drainage issues. This moderate intensity work will involve the use of shovels and clearing out clogging vegetation.
Volunteers should wear sturdy boots, and carry work gloves, water and snacks. Adults and adolescents are invited. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Volunteers will be required to sign a standard Sierra Club liability waiver and a DNR volunteer work program agreement.
Info or register: Ann Devine-King, 304-594-2636, or

Saturday, August 7, 2010

GPS course planned in Deep Creek

McHENRY, Md. - A course titled "Where in the World Am I? Introduction to GPS" will be from 9am - noon, Aug 28 at the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center. The cost is $25 per student; $15 for senior citizens.
This course will teach the basics of GPS (Global Positioning System) technology using a combination of classroom discussion, activities and field exercises in the park. Topics include: How GPS works, how to determine your position using GPS, how to mark waypoints, and how to navigate in unfamiliar territory.
The course will be held rain or shine. Bring your own unit or borrow one of the GPS units available from the Discover Center. Register early to reserve one of these.
Info: Maney Gale, 301-387-3086 or
To register: 301-387-3069. The class is being offered in partnership with The Continuing Education and Workforce Development division of Garrett College.

Friday, August 6, 2010

butterfly net

hello looking for 2 butterfly nets. If you have one to sell or know where to buy or see one for sale buy it and bring it to the next master naturalist class I need one or two for catching the white moths in my garden.
or email me at or FB me. thanks

Thursday, August 5, 2010

NOTICE: Insect class for Aug 7 canceled

Hello all,

I just learned about an hour ago that Emily Grafton will NOT be able to do the Insect presentation on Saturday. She is ill and not recovering well enough to feel up to the task. I am sorry, but it is too late to get a satisfactory substitute.

We will have the walk on the 19th at Reedsville and I will work on coming up with something on insects this year.

Sorry for the late notice, but Saturday is supposed to be a nice day so enjoy the free time.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Friends of Deckers Creek to meet Aug 19

Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) will have an outreach meeting with Evan Hansen, environmental consultant and former FODC board president, talking about the economic benefits of remediating acid mine drainage in the Deckers Creek watershed.
It will be at 6:30pm Aug 19, in Room 308, Percival Hall, WVU Evansdale Campus. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
FODC will hold a litter cleanup in Deckers Creek gorge from noon-3pm Aug 15. Volunteers are needed. Volunteers are to meet at 11:30am at the FODC office in Sabraton or look for folks along W.Va. 7 starting at Pioneer Rocks, at Tyrone Road.