Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Cranesville Swamp Field Trip

We will be going to Cranesville swamp this Saturday, June 30.  We will meet in the parking area on the south side of I-68 at the Bruceton Mills exit. (Good parking there) Please be there by 8:45 so we can be on our way by 9:00.  Parking at the swamp is limited so we need to car pool.  Bring binoclulars, hand lens, any field guides you wish and lunch.

See you there.
Ellen Hrabovsky

For more information before you visit, please download the Cranesville Swamp Brochure and the Cranesville Swamp Trail Guide for further information (pdf).

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Help needed for Monongahela River clean-up

One of our Master Naturalists got this request for volunteers:

From: Tim Terman <Tim.Terman@mail.wvu.edu>
Sent: Thu, Jun 21, 2012 8:29 am
Subject: Need help Friday on river cleanup

Hey, hope you all are doing well.  I'm doing a litter cleanup from the Monongahela Monitor river boat tomorrow, Friday, evening.  This is to get the river cleaned up before the triathlon on Sunday.  Hundreds of swimmers will participate, so I do a cleanup each year before the event.
I posted to my blog and on Facebook and to the Cause, but I have not gotten up a crew, so I thought of you folks.   I'm sorry for the late notice, but I thought people were reading the blog and the cause, but I guess not.
So, if anyone is available tomorrow from about 5:30 p.m. to around 8 p.m., let me know.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mountain Biodiversity Adventure at Black Water Falls State Park

From Andy Dalton:

Hi, all.  I don't know how many of you know about the soon upcoming Mountain Biodiversity Adventure weekend at Blackwater Falls State Park June 22 - 24th.  It should be great. If people are interested in volunteering to help, they need to contact Paulita Cousin, park naturalist at 304-259-5216 or Paulita.L.Cousin@wv.gov.  If people are going, but not signing up for the package which includes meals and lodging, they suggest a $5 to $10 donation per class. Paulita would like to know numbers of non-package people who will be attending, so if people plan to go and not stay there, please drop Paulita a note.  The package price is $203 per person based on double occupancy.  This should be a great conference with Dr. Tom Pauley (amphibians & reptiles), Dr. Zac Loughman (crayfish), Tree and Plant ID (Alan Miller), Bees, Beetles and the Buzz about Pollinators (Emily Grafton), Geology of WV (Ken Ashton), and Butterflies (Destiny Phillips) and Golden eagles with Trish Miller.  Bird walks are also planned. 

Attached are a narrative from Paulita and a flyer with registration form.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Jim Rentch cannot make it this week so I will do Wildflowers and he will present "Terrestrial Habitats" next week. So no field trip next week.  See you at Percival on Thursday.

More time allotted for stream comments

In response to requests, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has extended the public comment period on the draft list of impaired streams in West Virginia to June 26.  These streams are commonly referred to as the 303(d) List.  The extension allows citizens more time to review and comment on the streams on the list, which may be seen at dep.wv.gov.  Written and email comments are acceptable.  Emails may be sent to Stephen.A.Young@wv.gov.  Written comments can be sent to
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Water and Waste Management 2012 303(d) List
Attn: Steve Young
601 57th St, SE, Charleston, WV 25304.
Info: Young, 304-926-0495

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wetland Walk-- Saturday, June 16

Leah Webster, from our Master Naturalist class, is going to lead a nature program at Chestnut Ridge Park this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. She will talk about wetlands and teach us to catch and identify aquatic insects. Please everyone know that they are welcome to join us! I have attached a flier. If anyone else would like to plan and participate in a program to get their volunteer hours, they can contact me at the park.
Thank you!

Justine McCoy
Park Ranger

What is a wetland?

Do you know the difference between a may fly and a stone fly?

Learn to catch and identify aquatic insects


 Leah Webster, Environmental Scientist and Naturalist


Saturday, June 16th

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Meet at Harris Lake (no parking available at lake)

Wear old shoes and be prepared to get wet!

Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call the Chestnut Ridge Park Office:


Friday, June 8, 2012

WVBG Wetland Habitats Walk

June 10: WVBG Wetland Habitats walk - WVBG Executive Director George Longenecker will lead us on a walk around the Botanic Garden and discuss the different types of wetlands found on site.  The emphasis will be on plants and other wetland features.  Meet at 2:00pm in the lower parking lot at the WV Botanic Garden.  Wear Boots or shoes you can get muddy.  For more information, visit: www.wvbg.org

Coopers Rock Celebration of the Outdoors

June 9: The Coopers Rock Foundation is hosting their 23rd annual Celebration of the Outdoors.  Join a guided hike or educational workshop.  There's something for every age to enjoy!  Activities include (just to name a few!): Build a Bird Box, Rock Climbing, Photograph Rock Climbing, Old Time Jam Band, Moss Gardens.
Visit our website for more information! www.coopersrockstateforest.com