Friday, August 31, 2012

International Vulture Awareness Day Turkey Vulture Release

September 3rd - The Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia (ACCA) will be doing a public release of a rehabilitated turkey vulture at the Cooper's Rock State Forest Overlook on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 1:00pm.  This event is to help celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD).  IVAD is a world-wide celebration.  The ACCA's Veterinarian and Conservation Biologist will give a brief talk about the rehabilitated bird and why vulture conservation is important.  For more information, please see the ACCA website at or contact us at 304-906-5438.

Friday, August 24, 2012

WVBG Wildflower Walk

August 25th
WVBG Wildflower walk with local naturalist Ellen Hrabovsky will explore the plethora of summer wildflowers found around the reservoir basin.  A wildflower book is helpful.  Meet at 9:00 am on Saturday in the lower parking lot at the WV Botanic Garden on Tyrone Road.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

WVBG Workday this Saturday

Hello WV Botanic Garden volunteers!

We will be having our August workday this Saturday, August 18 at the Botanic Garden starting at 9:00am.  We will be working on general site clean-up, weeding, mulching, etc. in preparation for our upcoming fund raising event- Garden Party, "An Enchanted Evening" (which will be on August 26 from 5-8pm.  See our website for more info and ticket sale locations).  We hope you can make it to the workday on Saturday and/or the event next Sunday.

Thanks and enjoy the rest of your week,


p.s.  We also have a free wildflower walk coming up on Saturday, August 25 at 9:00am!  Lots to do at the WVBG these days, hope you can join us... 

Erin Smaldone
Volunteer Coordinator & Education Director
West Virginia Botanic Garden

Come Grow With Us!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Deckers Creek group to receive fed grant

Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) will receive an Urban Water Small Grant for work on its Richard Mine acid drainage project at 4pm Aug 20, at FODC's Outdoor Learning Park behind the Kroger store in Sabraton.  Environmental Protection Agency Region III Administrator Shawn Garvin will present the award.  FODC said the Richard mine discharges acid mine drainage to Deckers Creek about two  miles upstream from the city of Morgantown, and is responsible for most of the pollution in Deckers Creek as it flows through Richard, Rock Forge, the Sabraton area and downtown Morgantown.  FODC will use the funding to study the mine pool and to build partnerships with others in the communnity who can help solve the problem.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Expert on foraging for wild food to speak

The 45th Annual Nature Wonder Wildfoods Weekend will welcome wild foods foraging expert Sam Thayer as featured speaker Sept 21-23, at North Bend State Park.  The weekend includes speakers, presentations, collection and preparation of wild foods.  During the first Nature Wonder Weekend, participants enjoyed a wild-food walk in the park with noted author Euell Gibbons.  He told about his experiences with little-used free foods from the land such as black walnuts, mountain-tea berries, paw-paws and wild fox grapes.  That walk was the beginning of the Gibbons Nature Trail, which has been enhanced this year and will reflect the recent national focus on nature trail enjoyment.
There are overnight packages and day-only attendance options.  To register: Teri Surface, 304-558-2754 or email  Overnight options include lodge rooms, cabins or camping sites.  Please specify your preference during registration.  Although wild foods are featured throughout the weekend, five conventional meals will be provided by the North Bend Lodge Restaurant.

For a link for more information plus a mail-in registration form, click here.

Outdoors-Woman workshop set

The fall Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop will be held Sept 14-16, at Watoga State Park.  Women ages 18 and older can learn a new outdoors skill.  BOW will offer classes in archery, biking, shooting, camping, fly tying, fishing, nature walk and outdoor cooking, among others.  Registration is open: the $150 fee covers lodging and two dinners.  Breakfast and lunch will be on your own.
Info or to register: BOW, 304-558-2771 or  Download a registration form at

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Master Naturalist Schedule Fall 2012 at Oglebay

Dear Master Naturalists,
Attached you will find the registration information for the upcoming classes. 
Please register as soon as possible.  Some of the classes are coming up quickly!!!  And, Dr. DeBerry always brings some wonderful surprises for her class, so I need to be able to give her a good class count well in advance.
In addition to the classes listed, we will be scheduling  the RECORDING AND PRESERVING WHAT YOU LEARN core class for this fall.  When we have the date finalized we will let you know.  Please note, we had a date change from the previous e-mail!
The class schedule and descriptions along with the registration form are attached (as one file).  You can fill out the attached document and forward it to   or you can print out and complete the PDF version and mail to: Master Naturalist Program, Oglebay Zoo, 465 Lodge Drive, Wheeling WV 26003.
Looking forward to seeing all of you!
Vickie and Penny
Master Naturalist Schedule
Fall 2012
UPDATED 8.3.12

Saturday, August 18  1 – 4 pm
Monarch Watch (elective) Penny Miller
Zoo Multi-Purpose Room

Sunday, August 19  1 – 5 pm
Creating Backyard Habitats  (core) Dr. Candy DeBerry
Zoo Multi-Purpose Room

Saturday, August 25  7:30 – 9:30 pm
Night Skies:  Astronomy (elective) Steve Mitch
Zoo’s Planetarium

Saturday, September 15  9 am – 12 pm
Aquatic Habitats (core) Dr. Zac Loughman
West Liberty University

Saturday, September 15   1 – 5 pm
Insects, Spiders and Such (core) Dr. Zac Loughman
West Liberty University

Sunday, September 16  1 – 4 pm
Wetland Habitats (core) Dr. Zac Loughman
West Liberty University

Saturday, October 13  1 – 3 pm
A Tiny Tick Made Me Sick Penny Miller
Zoo Multi-Purpose Room

Saturday, November 10  10:30 am – 12 pm
Talkin’ Turkey:  Wild Turkey (elective) Vickie Markey-Tekely
Zoo Multi-Purpose Room
Recording and Preserving  What You Learn (core)
Zoo Multi-Purpose Room

Schedule and Registration MASTER NATURALIST 8.1.12.docm
Schedule and Registration MASTER NATURALIST 8.1.12.pdf

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Notes from Ellen

The Field trip to the Botanic Garden has been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 21.  We will gather in the lower parking lot and procede from there.  If thunderstorms are nearby - stay home.

Any of you who need some volunteer hours would be very welcome at the WVBG Garden Party on Sunday August 26 from 5-8.  Help with parking is especially important.  If you can help contact JoAnn Nicholas at

There is a new insert for your manuals on Trees, Shrubs and Woody vines. (Your current manual does not have a section on TSV.  If you need a copy of this let me know.  I usually have them in the car on class nights.

The 2012 class will be doing presentation on Sept 13 and 20. You would be very welcome to come and lend support.

Friday, August 3, 2012

WVBG Insect Walk

WVBG Insect walk  - Join Wildlife Biologist Sue Olcott as we go in search of winged wonders.  Learn to identify butterflies at the butterfly garden and watch for other jewels of the sky as we walk the reservoir trail.  Walk dependent on warm, dry weather.  Meet at 2:00pm on Sunday, August 5th in the lower parking lot at the WV Botanic Garden.