Monday, January 30, 2012

Spring Classes at Oglebay

Hi everyone, attached is our schedule of spring classes for our MN chapter. We will be adding April classes to this schedule, primarily electives. As always, we welcome your students to attend.

Thanks!

Penny

Penny Miller, Zoo Director
Oglebay Zoo
465 Lodge Drive
Wheeling, WV 26003
www.oglebay-resort.com
304-243-4027 phone
304-243-4110 fax

Check bottom of this page for the current list of classes.

FODC to use $25K grant for media campaign

Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) received a $25,000 US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) environmental justice small grant. Only 46 were issued nationwide.
"We feel extremely fortunate to be the only organization in West Virginia to receive an Environmental Justice award this year," said Sarah Veselka, FODC executive director. "We'll be using this funding to launch a Watershed Bill of Rights media campaign to educate citizens about their rights to clean water and how to protect it.
"We'll also be training and equipping volunteers to monitor local streams every other week," she added.
In addition, FODC will work with other area agencies and businesses to host community symposiums about the potential environmental impacts of Marcellus shale natural-gas drilling. Any group wishing to partner for a symposium can contact FODC, she said.
The citizen scientist monitoring program will provide participants with training and equipment to monitor local streams for potential pollutants related to the extraction of natural gas, Veselka said, as well as how to submit this data to a central online database.
Project volunteer training will begin in the spring.
For questions about the Watershed Bill of Rights project or to become a citizen stream monitor: 304-292-3970 or info@deckerscreek.org.
FODC's long-term goal is to use this project as a pilot study to launch the Watershed Bill of Rights statewide, she said.
Through the Watershed Bill of Rights, the group wants to protect the Deckers Creek and surrounding watersheds by preventing, reducing and/or eliminating water pollution through education.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

WVMN Annual Meeting

Hello All,

All of the replies that I received concerning the Annual Meeting scheduling agreed that the 2nd weekend in June (June 8-10, 2012) is the best. So that's it!

THE 2012 WEST VIRGINIA MASTER NATURALISTS ANNUAL MEETING WILL BE HELD ON THE DAVIS & ELKINS COLLEGE CAMPUS ON JUNE 8TH -10TH. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Many thanks to Russ McClain and his colleagues at D&E who have made this happen. We are open to suggestions for the classes and activities for the week-end. Send them to me, Jim Van Gundy or to Andy Dalton as soon as you can.

Jim Van Gundy

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tomorrow's class at Oglebay rescheduled

Dear Master Naturalist,

Due to the impending bad weather, we are RESCHEDULING the Terrestrial Habitats and General Ecology classes that were scheduled for tomorrow.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but since we have so many Master Naturalists coming from a far distance, we felt that this was the best decision.

We are rescheduling the classes on February 4th. The Terrestrial Habitats will be from 9 am – 12 pm and the General Ecology classes will be from 1 – 4 pm.

If you were registered for the classes, we will transfer your registration to the February 4th classes. If you are unable to make the classes on the rescheduled date, we will arrange for a refund. Please e-mail or call me so I can be sure you received the message.

I have attached the updated registration form – if you have not scheduled for the classes, there is still time!!

Please let me know if you have any questions. I can be reached at 304-243-4068 or vmarkey@oglebay-resort.com

Thanks!
Vickie

Vickie Markey-Tekely
Curator of Education
Oglebay's Good Zoo
465 Lodge Drive
Wheeling WV 26003

304-243-4068 phone
304-243-4110 fax
vmarkey@oglebay-resort.com

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Master Naturalist Classes for Jan 14 at Oglebay Canceled

Dear Master Naturalists,

Due to a death in the family, our instructor for this Saturday’s classes had to reschedule.

WE WILL NOT BE HAVING MASTER NATURALIST CLASSES on Saturday, January 14th !

The classes will now be held on Saturday, January 21st Terrestrial Habitats from 9 am – 12 pm and General Ecology from 1 – 5 pm.

If you were registered for the classes, we will transfer your registration to the January 21st classes. If you are unable to make the classes on the rescheduled date, we will arrange for a refund. Please e-mail or call me so I can be sure you received the message.

I apologize for any inconvenience. Please let me know if you have any questions. I can be reached at 304-243-4068 or vmarkey@oglebay-resort.com

Vickie


Vickie Markey-Tekely
Curator of Education
Oglebay's Good Zoo
465 Lodge Drive
Wheeling WV 26003

304-243-4068 phone
304-243-4110 fax
vmarkey@oglebay-resort.com

Friday, January 6, 2012

Peterson Field Guide to Moths Author Presenting Around State

Seabrooke Leckie, one of the co-authors of the new Peterson Field Guide to Moths, will be in the state the first week of May.

On the evening of May 1, she will be giving a free class in Wheeling at the Good Zoo at Oglebay Resort. If interested, contact Penny Miller.

On May 7 at 8pm, she will be giving a class at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. For more information on this presentation, contact Elaine George.

At the moment, she is available (FREE) on May 5th in southern WV. You can check her schedule and contact her through her website, seabrookeleckie.com/2011/12/19/book-tour-update/ where you can also pre-order the book. Since she is giving these presentations for free, you will need to put her up for the night.

In addition she will be attending the New River Birding and Nature Festival. This is a paid event.

WV Breeding Bird Atlas Speaker

Hello all,

Please find the newsletter attached in pdf format. It highlights our progress on this project and a few of the many trends we are already noticing. Two important things need to be addressed in 2012: better regional coverage and a continued effort to get as many abundance point counts done as possible on priority blocks.

Thanks so much for all your hard work, and I am looking forward to working with as many of you as possible during the 2012 season!

Remember: "Experienced birders wanted!" This is a statewide project that would fail were it not for volunteer support!

Richard Bailey
Ornithologist
WVDNR Wildlife Resources Section
PO Box 67 - Ward Road, Elkins, WV 26241
304-637-0245 x2018
Richard.S.Bailey@wv.gov
www.WVDNR.gov