Friday, September 30, 2011

Marion Co MN Fishing Event Oct 15

Children’s Fishing Event (Ages 5-12 y.o.)
October 15, 2011; Saturday, 9 am – 11 am

Sponsors: Marion County Master Naturalists

Prickett’s Fort WV State Park, Fairmont, WV
(Lower Parking Lot and Lower Visitors Building)

Pre-Registration: 304-775-3366 Information required is child’s full name, age, phone number, address, parent/guardian who will attend event. Only registered children will be admitted, call by 10/10/11. (Maximum of 25 children ages 5-12 years old). Please bring child’s fishing pole and tackle for fishing with parent/guardian. No Fees required.

Event Program: Saturday, October 15, 2011; 9 am – 11 am

9 am – 10:15 am Learn the 5 steps to fishing (Fish I.D., Casting, Knot Tying, Equipment, and Sportsmanship). Lower visitor’s building/Parking Lot. Prickett’s Fort

10:15 am-11:00 am Fish with your parent/guardian. Lower Parking Lot/Boat Launch Area

The Master Naturalist’s Group from Marion County, WV will sponsor this event for our children of the community. Pre-Registration is required for all children attending the event.

Information can be found by calling Jim Faber @ 304-775-3366 and leave a message.

Mosses, Lichens and Ferns

Oct 1, 2011: WVU Professor of Biology Dr Susan Studlar will lead us to and teach us about many exciting species of mosses, lichens, and ferns. A whole new world will become apparent as you learn the fascinating biology behind these organisms as well as tips to tell them apart. All ages are welcome. Wear hiking footwear, preferably waterproof, and bring magnifying glasses if you have them. Walk begins at 9am at the West Virginia Botanic Garden. Contact Erin at 304-216-8704 or for more information.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Paddle Trips Planned

Canoes or Kayaks

Sun, Oct 2. Dunkard Creek (Mason-Dixon Park WV to Rising Creek Bakery in Mt Morris PA). We will look for “Signs of Life” in the river. Stay for the "Dead Fish Rising" Play (about the Dunkard Creek aquatic kill in 2009), starts at 4pm at the Rising Creek Bakery.

Sat, Oct 22. Dunkard Creek (Mt Morris PA at Rising Creek Bakery to Bobtown’s Dunkard Twp Park). We will look for “Signs of Life” in the river.

Mason-Dixon Park, 79 Buckeye Rd, 304.879.4101.
Dunkard Township Municipal Park, near Bobtown PA.
Rising Creek Bakery & Cafe, 115 Main Street, Mount Morris, PA. 724-324-5030.
Canoe/Kayak rentals. Keith McManus, Greensboro PA, 304.685.7212.
Nick Gustovich, Clarksville PA, 724-833-6655.

All trips meet at 10am, and may take till 4pm or so. They are set up to be self-sufficient, fun, exploratory trips. Paddling lesson is included. Everyone is responsible for their own self & safety, food/drinks, gear, boats. You must have a personal flotation device (PFD) lifejacket for each person. Meet at the put-in by 10am, and we will set up shuttle together (this could take an hour). Please try to be early.

Call in if you are planning to attend so we know how many people to expect at the meeting place.

Peggy Pings
Core WV
304-879-5622 home
304-282-7464 cell (no signal at home)
John Yesenosky
Garards Fort PA
724-966-7367 home

To view flyer, click here.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Preston CARES

Preston CARES is a community "group who supports responsible management of Preston County land and resources as a component of economic development and want to equip residents, elected officials, and legislators with accurate information".

One project the group has undertaken is to provide recycling at the upcoming Buckwheat Festival. There will be more information at their booth during the festival.

Another issue is the proposed Marcellus Shale waste landfill to be located south of Bruceton MIlls at the confluence of the Little and Big Sandy Rivers. It has yet to be determined if this is even classified as solid waste and is not covered by EPA environmental hazardous waste materials protocol. At the present time the group is looking for interested people, geology and economic resource experts.

For more information or to join the group, please e-mail:

Volunteers Needed WVBG - Oct 16

If some of you are looking for volunteer opportunities I would invite you to consider spending some hours with us on Oct. 16 at the Botanic Garden during the Fall Children's Festival. We have many activities and would welcome people to help at a variety of activites. If you can help please let me know and I will send more detailed information.
304 296 1887

WVU Herbarium (Recording and Preserving)

Hi all!

Sept. 29, Thursday We meet at the Life Sciences Bldg. at 6:00 pm for a session on Recording and Preserving with Rodney Dever, a graduate student with Dr. Donna Ford-Wentz. This is a core course.

Donna is in charge of the WVU Herbarium and Rodney will give us a very useful presentation. Meet in Lot 10 - the parking area adjacent to the Life Sc. Bldg. The best place to park is Lot 7 down the hill on the river side of Beechurst Ave.

Call me if you get lost 304-282-5913.

For a map of the downtown WVU campus, check out this map:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Mountaineer Audubon Bird Walk September 24

Fall Migration field trip, Core Arboretum, meet at parking lot at entrance, 8:00am. Contact Terry Bronson for more information, 304-225-0999.

West Virginia Botanic Garden to sponsor History Walk Sunday

Mike Caplinger and Barb Howe will lead a history walk entitled "No More Wiggle-Tail Water" for the West Virginia Botanic Garden, Inc., on Sunday, September 25th at 2 pm at the botanic garden. It is free and open the public. The walk will explore the history of bringing pure water to Morgantown from the former city reservoir that served city residents from 1912 to 1969 that is now the site of the 82-acre botanic garden. Still found on the site are the dam completed in 1912, the spillway, and the foundation of a chemical house built in the 1930s. Most of these features can be seen by walking around the .72 reservoir loop trail that is accessible. This walk is part of a project that is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Walk in the Woods in Monongalia County - Oct 8

The West Virginia Forest Stewardship Program is sponsoring a series of “Walks in the Woods” throughout the state this fall. These informal tours are open to anyone who currently owns forest land, hopes to own property someday, or just enjoys spending time outdoors. The tours are led by State forestry personnel who are experts on the issues facing West Virginia’s forests.

There will be a Walk in the Woods near Morgantown on Saturday, October 8 starting at 10 am. Ralph Raspa will lead a tour of his property, four miles from Morgantown on Rt. 73. This beautiful fifty-acre woodland overlooks the Monongahela River. The group will enjoy panoramic views at the top, and then explore the trails that descend the hill to the river. Forest access roads and maintenance challenges are just a couple of the topics that will be discussed along the way. The tour is for forest landowners or anyone else who enjoys being in the woods. Please be prepared for uphill walking; appropriate footwear is recommended. A light lunch will be served at 12:30 pm.

To register for the tour or for more information, contact Ellen Voss at 304-293-5741 or Visit for a list of additional forest-related events.

The Forest Stewardship Program offers private woodland owners technical and financial assistance to maintain and enhance the value of their forested land. Assistance is available to improve soil and water quality, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, aesthetics, protection of endangered species, management of invasive species, and timber and wood product potential, while ensuring the forest's capacity for self-renewal. The WV Division of Forestry manages the program, with assistance from WVU Extension Service and WVU Division of Forestry & Natural Resources.

Ellen Voss, Outreach & Education Coordinator

WV Forest Stewardship Program
WVU Division of Forestry & Natural Resources
P.O. Box 6125, Morgantown, WV 26506
(304) 293-5741

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Volunteers for outdoor work needed Saturday

The US Army Corps of engineers will host National Public Lands Day (NPLD) at Tygart Lake on Saturday, Sept 24. Registration is under way for volunteers to come to the lake, outside Grafton, and help improve the Dogwood Trail and create a butterfly garden. The work day will last abut 3.5 hours and consist of general trail maintenance and landscaping. A picnic will follow at the project pavilion. Those taking part are to meet at 9am Saturday at the Tygart Dam Visitor Center to register and organize the day's events. Volunteers are to wear long pants, boots, weather gear and gloves. Preregistration is encouraged but not required. Info: Park Ranger April Hawkey at 304-265-1760.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Wonderful Woods of WV

September 18th, West Virginia Botanic Garden in Morgantown
The WVU society of American Foresters will lead this walk (approximately 1 hour) through the Botanic Garden and share their forestry knowledge! Leaders will present common tree species as well as some shrubs and current and historic uses for the plants. The SAF group is excited to share their knowledge with you! Walk begins at 2pm at the West Virginia Botanic Garden.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Archery Basics for Fun and Family

Join archery instructor Werner Barz on Saturday, September 24, from 1-3 pm at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center for this fun activity designed to involve the whole family.
Participants will learn the basics of archery and practice proper shooting form. Skills will be put to the test using both compound and recurve bows. Focus will be placed on family archery games plus activities that add variety and interest to archery practice such as Olympic/target archery, 3-D target archery, and bowhunting.
There will be discussion about how participation in the sport of archery supports wildlife conservation and hunter education programs through US Fish & Wildlife’s Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Program.

Outdoor Recreational Specialist Werner Barz will lead this program. Barz’s interest in archery has developed over 25 years. He is a certified Level 2 USA archery instructor. Barz shares his personal passion for archery through teaching. For five years he has taught West Virginia hunter education programs and is a basic archery instructor for the national “Archery in the Schools” program.
This event is being offered in conjunction with the Leaf Peepers Festival in Tucker County. It is sponsored by the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and US Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center. For more information, contact 304.866.3858, ext. 33.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bats Presentation, September 17

Valley Vibes at the Refuge Presents Bats

Join Jim Van Gundy on Saturday, September 17, at 7 pm at the Canaan Valley National WildlifeRefuge Visitor Center for this program on Bats.
The presentation will explore the biology and ecology of bats in West Virginia. Van Gundy’s presentation will also provide a glimpse into current challenges to the overall health of bat populations across the world. A passionate spelunker, Van Gundy has explored many of the area’s local caves and possesses an intimate knowledge of cave environments throughout the region.
Jim Van Gundy is a professor emeritus of Environmental Science. He retired after 29 years of teaching and mentoring at Davis & Elkins College. Since his "official" retirement, Dr. Van Gundy has continued to be involved in the West Virginia Master Naturalist Program as a curriculum developer and instructor.
Light refreshments will be provided following the presentation. Contact Cindy Phillips at 304.866.3858, ext. 33, for more information.

Red Spruce Restoration Day, September 17

Red Spruce Restoration Planting Day, September 17, at 9:30 am. Meet at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center near Davis, West Virginia. Join us for a day of volunteer work to help restore the red spruce ecosystem on the Wildlife Refuge. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes or boots, and bring work gloves and a water bottle. Lunch will be provided to volunteers. Be prepared to work hard and get dirty.
For more information, call Cindy Phillips at 304.866.3858, ext. 33.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Work Day

Saturday, Sept 17, is a scheduled work day at the WV Botanic Garden in Morgantown. Bring your trowel and garden gloves for a morning of planting day lilies. Bring a bag as well so you can take a few bulbs home for your own yard. For more information contact Erin at

Friday, September 9, 2011

Mountaineer Audubon Program

September 13th - Speaker Frank Jernejcic, WVDNR Biologist
Title: Fish populations, water quality, and fishing opportunities in Cheat Lake and Cheat River

Cheat Lake supports a diverse sport fishery and is a popular bass tournament site. Cheat lake is operated for hydropower and not flood control. Acid mine drainage, which has historically impacted the watershed, has been significantly reduced in the past 20 years but is still a limiting factor for water quality.
Mon Arts
210 High St.
Free and Open to the Public.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


September 9, 2011 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. a reception will be held at Arts Monongahela at 201 High Street, in Morgantown (304) 291-6720. The collection will be on display August 25th - October 31st, and then will be at various locations throughout the State.

Reflections is a collaborative installation art project created by 90 practicing artists to commemorate the lives of many of the species who perished in Dunkard Creek during the warm days of late summer 2009. The artists participating in Reflections are united by a shared physical connection to the Monongahela Watershed. We invite you to explore the creek with us in this collection of art we dedicate to its former inhabitants.

The September 9 event is a reception to celebrate the 90 species that died two years earlier, and to celebrate and applaud the 90 artists who put their hearts and talents into portraying the species. All of the original paintings/prints/sculptures will be on display. There will be many well-known artists, city and county officials, watershed representatives, and many other people attending this reception. There will be a video with interviews of Dunkard residents playing throughout, and also a dancer/poet will be performing two dances at the reception. Wine and food will be served! Two watershed groups are sponsoring the reception: Friends of Dunkard Creek and the Greene County Watershed Association.

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Canaan Valley hosts free nature walk Sunday

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge will have a "What's Blooming?" walk at 1pm Sunday. Participants will meet at the visitor center on W.Va. 32 and carpool to a refuge trail. Dress for the weather. Wear comfortable walking boots or shoes. Water and snacks may be carried if desired. The walk is free of charge and sponsored by the refuge and the Friends on the 500th. Info: 304-866-3858, ext 33.

WVU Extension to host free walk Saturday

WVU Extension is hosting a "Walk in the Woods" near Mannington starting at 10am Saturday. Mike Sieber will lead a tour of his property. A light lunch will be served at 12:30pm. The tour will include some uphill walking, but will not be strenuous. The event is free and open to the public. To register or info: Ellen Voss at 304-293-5741 or