Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Join Us For The Canaan Valley Birding Festival: June 3-5, 2011


Visit the spectacular Allegheny Highlands region in Tucker County, West Virginia and enjoy our amazing diversity of breeding birds and their habitats. The county offers a unique mix of boreal forest, wetland habitats, and high altitude (4250′) allowing the perfect birding location each summer for breeding birds. Bird walks, guest speakers and other fun activities are planned for everyone from bird experts to beginners. During last year’s festival, our expert leaders found or heard twenty-three species of warblers in their breeding grounds, including the elusive “Brewster’s” warbler, a hybrid of blue-winged and golden-winged warblers.

Please review the attachments below for more details on the festival!

Birding Festival Flyer (click here)
Festival Registration Form (required. click here)
Festival Walk Leader Bios (click here)
Bird List (click here)
Event Walk Schedule (click here)
Birding Ethics (click here)

*Schedule subject to change without notice. Please call with questions for for more details (304) 800-622-4121 x2788.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Geology Field Trip - June 4

We had a great geology class last night and will be following up on what we have learned with a field trip on Saturday, June 4. We will be meeting at the Kroger parking lot in Sabraton at 8:30 am and will be traveling up route 7 as far as Rowlesburg. Bring your own lunch! Wear good walking shoes and be ready to see some great rock formations.

Please let me know if you plan on joining us.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Nature camp set for July

The West Virginia Botanic Garden will hold a summer nature camp in July.
Campers can be ages 7-10, while Natural Leaders are ages 10-12.
Natural Leader training is scheduled from 10am - noon July 11-15. Camp sessions run from 9am - 4pm July 18-22, with before- and aftercare available.
Cost: $100 per camper for the week; $75 per Natural Leader for the program (training and camp); aftercare for campers, $25 extra for the week or $5 per day.
Info, to register: wvbg.org, click on the
Summer Nature Camp link, or call Erin Smaldone, 304-216-8704.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Coopers Rock to host annual outdoor festival

Register for the 22nd annual Celebration of the Outdoors, to be held June 11, at Coopers Rock State Forest.
The Coopers Rock Foundation will host the 22nd annual Celebration of the Outdoors, which runs from 8:30am - 4pm with programs for all ages and outdoor experience levels.
The activities available include learning about rare animals and endangered species in West Virginia, geocaching and GPS, cairn building and the history of Cheat Mountain, hiking, fly fishing, rock climbing, bird watching or a guided walk to learn about the indigenous plants in the forest.
Other activities include a visit from Smokey Bear, a poster presentation and slide show on the history of Coopers Rock, and a self-guided hike of the fireplaces built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
Some activities are free, but most require a donation to participate for those ages 10 and older. The donation covers as many nonconflicting workshops as you wish to attend throughout the day. Individual donation is $5; family donation is $10 for two or more.
Limited workshops will be filled on a first-come first-served basis, and preregistration is recommended. A complete schedule, along with registration info, can be found at www.coopersrock.org.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bird Walks in the Core Aroboretum

Just a reminder about the bird walks starting at 7:15 every Tuesday morning in the WVU Core Arboretum from April 19 - May 17.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Volunteer Opportunities at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, Morgantown, WV

Every third Saturday of the month from April through November, there is a volunteer workday from 9:00 a.m. until about noon. Work mostly includes garden preparation and maintenance but may also include trail clean up or other projects. The WVBG also has many other volunteer opportunities including help with special events, educational programs, PR and fund-raising, administration, garden hosting, and more. Please visit the WVBG volunteer page at http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifhttp://www.wvbg.org/Volunteer.html for more information.

Monday, May 9, 2011


Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, WV

June 10-12, 2011

Schedule of Classes and Events

Friday, June 10th

3:00 to 6:00 PM Registration – Halliehurst Porch

5:00 to 6:00 PM Welcome Session – Madden Center

6:00 to 7:15 PM Dinner on your own

7:30 to 8:30 PM Insects - Setting up light traps (Dr. Laura Miller)

8:30 to whenever Social time - Ice House open- bring a musical instrument and enjoy

Saturday, June 11th

6:00 to 7:30 AM Bird walk (Kent Karriker)

7:00 to 8:30 AM Breakfast

8:00 to 9:00 AM Late Registration – Halliehurst Porch

Morning Classes:

9:00 – 12:00 AM Insects, Collecting and Identification (Dr. Laura Miller)

9:00 – 12:00 AM Fossils (Ray Garton)

9:00 – 12:00 AM Digital Photography (Ken McCoy)

Afternoon Classes:

1:00 – 5:00 PM Geology (Claudette Simard)

1:00 – 5:00 PM Sketching for Naturalists (Sam Norris)

1:00 – 5:00 PM Introduction to Woody Plants (P.J. Harmon)

All day sessions (9:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

Appalachian Natural History (Dr. Jim Van Gundy)

Tracking and Nature Observation (Daniel Reed)

Wetlands (Walt Kordek and Keith Krantz)

6:00 – 7:15 PM Dinner

Evening classes

7:30 – 9:00 PM Astronomy (Dr. Shawn Stover)

7:30 – 9:00 PM Bats (Craig Stihler)

8:00 PM to ??? Social time - Ice House open- bring a musical instrument and enjoy

Sunday, June 12th

7:00 – 8:30 AM Breakfast

9:00 – 12:00 AM Annual Meeting

Click HERE for a printable version of this schedule.

If you plan to attend the Meeting, you are encouraged to register as early as possible. Registration is done online from the above website - click the "Registration" link in the text box to the right. The cost of the meeting is $10 per person for the entire weekend. Sign-up for classes in the same manner - click on the "Sign-up for Classes" link to your right.

Davis & Elkins College is making dormitory rooms and meal service available at a modest cost. There is a separate charge for these services and you must register (and pay) for them in advance. This can be done on the "Registration" page as well.

All classes will have limited enrollment and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. All classes are free and may be used to satisfy the requirements for Master Naturalist Certification and are open to any interested person over the age of 18 years. Preference in class registration will be given to those already pursuing Master Naturalist certification through a local West Virginia Master Naturalist Local Chapter.

Clickable Links:


Sign-up for Classes

Information on the Elkins Area

Elkins Motels

Elkins Restaurants

Davis & Elkins College Campus Map

Printable D&E Map

Elkins Area Map

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South Park Bird Walk on May 10

For those around the Morgantown area, the Second Annual South Park Bird Walk will be on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Meet at 5:00 pm at the MHS parking lot. You are also invited to the Mountaineer Audubon banquet on May 20th. Greg Good, one of the stalwarts in helping to create a more livable Morgantown, will be the guest speaker. He will speak on "Working and Hiking in the Mon National Forest." Drinks will be served followed by a dinner catered by Ali Baba. The price is a modest $24. Please let me know if you would like to join us. Thanks, Joe Super

To learn more about Mountaineer Audubon or to make reservations for the banquet, visit their website Mountaineer Audubon.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Wildflower Pilgrimage turns 50 this year

CHARLESTON - An annual event that brings hundreds to Tucker County to celebrate nature is turning 50. The Wildflower Pilgrimage based at Blackwater Falls State Park is set to begin Thursday and run through Mother's Day weekend. The event started 50 years ago with a $2 registration fee and a few dozen nature lovers.
It has blossomed into a rite of spring that draws more than 300 people. The event includes a program of 24 hikes and tours led by state and regional experts in botany, birding, wildlife and geology. Emily Fleming, a coordinator for the state Division of Natural Resources, said the event brings people from all over the U.S. The event is co-sponsored by the West Virginia Garden Club, Brooks Bird Club and WVU.
"The people who come to the Wildflower Pilgrimages really love nature and are eager to learn." said Bill Beatty of Wellsburg, coordinator of the event's birding program, a teacher at West Liberty State College and a naturalist for the Oglebay Institute.
Dorothy Parker of Raleigh County is credited with organizing the first pilgrimage, and serving as its coordinator until 1968.