Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tracking and Woods Lore Weekend at Blackwater Falls

As part of the Tucker County 24th annual Leaf Peepers Festival, there will be a Tracking and Lore Workshop by Doug Wood at Blackwater Falls September 28-30.  Those of you who have attended Doug's workshops with the Monongahela Master Naturalists know what a great teacher he is.  This is a great opportunity to earn some elective hours.  For more information see the flyer.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Website offers viewing of topographical maps

Topographical maps of 23 West Virginia Wildlife Management Areas are now available online, according to Frank Jezioro, director of the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources.
The maps, featuring boundaries, contour lines, water features, roads and trails were produced by the DNR Wildlife Resources Section.
Maps are available in different formats and resolutions to accommodate different Internet speeds.  To view or print a map, go to the DNR website and click on "New WMA Topo Maps" under "Hunting."
There are 78 Wildlife Management Areas spread across the state.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Mountaineer Chapter of the National Audubon Society Field Trips

For further information on all field trips, contact Terry Bronson,, or phone 304-225-0999.

October 6: Decker's Creek Trail field trip.  Meet at 7:30 am at Mountaineer Mall near water tower.

October 20: Core Arboretum field trip.  Meet at 8:00 am at Core Arboretum parking lot next to WVU Coliseum.

December 1: Cheat Lake field trip.  Meet at 8:00 am at Ruby & Ketchy's Restaurant, Route 857 south of Cheat Lake Animal Hospital, or at 7:00 am for breakfast.

Mountaineer Chapter of the National Audubon Society Programs

October 9: 7:00 pm at WVU Percival Hall, Room 316.  Jesse and Katie Fallon: Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia.

November 13: 7:00 pm at WVU Percival Hall, Room 316.  WV DNR Biologist Sue Olcott: Winter Birding in WV.

December 15: LeJay Graffious: Christmas bird count.  If you are interested in participating, contact LeJay Graffious at or 304-379-7505.

Volunteers needed for cleanup programs

Volunteers are wanted by the US Army Corps of Engineers to help with National Public Lands Day cleanup programs Sept 29, at Tygart Lake, Stonewall Jackson Lake and Youghiogheny River Lake, all within easy distance of Morgantown.  National Public Lands Day keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the "tree army" that worked from 1933-'42 to preserve and protect America's natural heritage.  Info:

 Projects are, by location:

Tygart Lake, Taylor County: Trail maintenance.  Volunteers will work from 9am-1pm.  To volunteer: Michael Estock,  or 304-265-1760.

 Stonewall Jackson Lake: Planting trees and flowers, trail maintenance, fishing pier maintenance and trash pick-up.  Volunteers will be provided with gloves and tools if they can't bring their own.  A Boy Scout and Girl Scout troop will install interpretive signs along the Friendship Trail, planting trees and doing some beautification projects in the downstream area.  Volunteers will work from 9am-1pm.  To volunteer: or 304-269-4588.

Youghiogheny River Lake; Clean up the shoreline.  Water, latex gloves and trash bags for volunteers will be available at the Spillway Recreation Area, near the dam.  Volunteers will work from 9am-3pm.  To volunteer: Emily Potter, or 814-395-3242.

Friday, September 21, 2012


 A new feature-length documentary exploring the future of energy. From Arcos Films, Switch explores the world’s leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels through the eyes of Scott Tinker, Ph.D., an internationally known geologist and director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. September 25th, in the Gluck Theatre in the Mountainlair.

Mountaineer Audubon Field Trip

September 22nd - The Mountaineer Audubon will be hosting a bird and nature tour to the Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area.  Meet at the Mountaineer Mall at 7:30am.  All Mountaineer Audubon events are open to the public.  For more information please contact Terry Bronson at 304-282-2160 or email at

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

FODC makes final cut for '50 States for Good' initiative

Friends of Deckers Creek has been named West Virginia's state finalist in the "Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good" initiative and has a chance to win money.  The public is invited to vote for six winning organizations to share $150,000. 
Voting runs through Oct. 9 at, vote for Friends of Deckers Creek.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Volunteer workday at WVBG

Hi folks,

Please see the note below from George regarding the workday this Saturday, Sept. 15 starting at 9:00am.  We hope you can make it!  A note from me: please remember to sign in and out on the sign-in sheet so I can keep track of your hours (especially students).



Erin Smaldone
Volunteer Coordinator & Education Director
West Virginia Botanic Garden

We will be adding plants to the newly planted area between the lower parking lot and the information kiosk and also in the Secret Garden near the Butterfly Garden. Digging tools will be helpful.  

Monday, September 10, 2012

Monongahela Master Naturalists class presentations

To fulfill the Interpretation and teaching requirement each member of this year's class is giving a 10 minute presentation on the topic of his/her choice.   The presentations are this week (the 13th) and next week on the 20th from 6-9 in Percival Hall.  The topics are varied and interesting.  I invite you to come to meet and support this year's class.
Hope to see many of you Thursday

volunteer opportunity/WVDNR Annual National Hunting

Master Naturalist volunteer help is needed again this year for the WVDNR Annual National Hunting & Fishing Days weekend at Stonewall Resort State Park, Saturday and Sunday, Sept 22 and 23.  Duties include helping out with children arts outside activities.  Any amount of volunteer time will be welcomed (a few hours, entire day or weekend) and appreciated.  For more information, please contact Jim Fregonara at 304-637-0245 or>.  Thank you very much.
Jim Fregonara
Wildlife Resources Section
Wildlife Diversity Program
phone: 304-637-0245
fax: 304-637-0250

volunteers/ Stargazing event

We are planning a Stargazing Event at Chestnut Ridge Park on Saturday, October 13 from 7 p.m. top 10 p.m. The WVU Astronomy Club will have their telescopes set up for viewing, and Dr. DJ Pisano will give a presentation from 7-7:30. We’ll have a campfire, and hot chocolate and s’mores. I have attached a flier for more info.
We could use several volunteers for four hours, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., to help with set-up, parking, staffing the s’mores tables, and general assistance. I would appreciate it if you would forward this email to the Master Naturalist class, for anyone who needs volunteer hours. Please ask them to email me at or call 304-594-1773.
Thank you!
Justine McCoy

Friday, September 7, 2012

West Virginia Herb Association: Annual Conferences

The Fall Herb Festival at Jackson's Mill will begin Friday, Sept. 28th at noon.  Saturday, Sept. 29th workshops will run from 8 - 5 and possibly, Sunday, Sept. 30th, there will be workshops and walks from 8 till noon.  Mimi Hernandez of Frostburg Univ. will be the keynote speaker.  Save the dates!

For more information visit the WV Herb Association.

Mountaineer Audubon Program - Birds and Eagles

WVU students Cristina Slover will present "Impacts of Fire Management on Bird Communities in the Central Appalachains" and Andrew Dennhardt will present "Modeling migrations counts of approximate abundance of Golden Eagles in Eastern North America" at Percival Hall in room 316 on the WVU Evansdale Campus.  The free lecture starts at 7pm.

WVBG Fall Mushroom Walk

WVU Professor of Mycology Dr Dan Panaccione will lead a search of forest fungi.  Dan will show us how to  identify the native mushrooms at the garden by their unique characteristics.  Meet at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 8th in the lower parking lot at the WV Botanic Garden.  Admission to the walk is free.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Friends of Cheat to host picnic Sept. 15

KINGWOOD - Friends of the Cheat (FOC) will host a picnic at 5:30pm Sept 15, at Coopers Rock State Park, Pavilion 2.  The picnic is a social for volunteers in the Cheat Aquatic Pollution and Base Line Ecological  (CAPABLE) monitoring program, serving the Cheat River watershed.  The celebration will begin with locally prepared food, followed by a presentation on the CAPABLE monitoring program.  FOC's new OSM-VISTA, Aubrey Harris, will be introduced.  Everyone is invited, with a special invitation to FOC members.  Dinner is free; donations are appreciated.  RSVP to Aubrey Harris, or 304-329-3621.