Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Amphibian Monitoring

West Virginia needs volunteers to participate in the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program. Please pass along to anyone who may be interested.

NAAMP volunteers contribute their time to help states and USGS to assess frog and toad population trends. Data are collected using a calling survey technique, in which volunteers identify local amphibian species by their unique breeding vocalizations or calls.

Volunteers must be willing to learn the survey protocols and how to identify frogs and toad by their calls. Once volunteers have learned to identify frog and toad calls, they take the on-line Frog Quiz to document their frog call identification ability.

Each volunteer selects an available roadside route with 10 listening stops. The volunteer surveys the route several times per year, generally in the spring through summer. Surveys are conducted in the evening, starting ½ hour after sunset or later. Each survey takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete, plus travel time to the route location (which varies depending on how far the volunteer lives from the assigned route). At each of the 10 stops, the volunteer listens for 5 minutes, recording what species are heard and some environmental data. See http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/naamp/ for more details.

If you are interested in a route, please consult the survey map for a route that may be near you (http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/naamp/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.routeAvailabilityMap) and contact Derek Bozzell at wvnaamp@gmail.com.

Thank you.

Geriann Albers
Graduate Research Assistant
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources
West Virginia University
322 Percival Hall
Morgantown, WV 26505
Office: 304-293-0050
Cell: 618-540-8556

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Outdoors-Woman spring workshop

The DNR will hold the spring Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop April 13-15, at Stonewall Resort. If you have ever wanted to learn a new skill but have never had the opportunity to try, or wanted to take up an outdoor sport but were afraid to purchase all the equipment and then find out you hated it, this program may be for you. Women who are at least 18 years old can learn a new outdoors skill.
This workshop will offer classes that include archery, mountain biking, shooting, camping, fly tying, fishing, nature walking, self-defense and outdoor cooking, to list a few. Register now; the $200 fee covers lodging, some meals and some class materials. More info or to register: 304-558-2771 or billie.j.shearer@wv.gov. The registration form can be downloaded at wvdnr.gov/hunting/bow.shtm.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sierra Club hosts potluck today (Feb 9)

The Mon Group of the Sierra Club West Virginia Chapter will host a discussion today with Amanda Pitzer, executive director of Friends of the Cheat. Pitzer will discuss disposal of natural gas drilling and fracturing waste. The meeting will be at Friends Meeting House at 648 E Brockway Ave. The Mon Group will also hold its monthly meeting with a potluck at 6pm. All are welcome to attend.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Lichen and Moss Workshop

Time: March 3, 2012 from 10am to 4pm
Location: West Virginia University Phone: 304-293-5201 x 3159
Organized By: Donna Ford-Werntz dford2@wvu.edu

Workshop taught by Dr. Susan Studlar sstudlar@wvu.edu

WinterFest is Feb 11 at Coopers Rock lot

The Coopers Rock Foundation is hosting its first annual WinterFest from 11am - 4pm Feb 11 at the Coopers Rock State Forest Day Use Lot. People of all ages and experience levels are invited to join in a day of free events occurring throughout the day. Events include guided hikes, snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals, a children's snow obstacle course, and more.
Info: coopersrock.org

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

GPS mapping walk offered Sunday

Dr Rick Landenberger will lead the "Showshoe Discovery Tour" GPS mapping skills walk at 10am Sunday, at Whitegrass Ski Touring Center. He will provide an introduction to GPS technology.
Info: www.whitegrass.com or 304-866-4114.