Friday, November 30, 2012

WVBG Winter Botany Walk

December 2nd - Join WVBG Executive Director George Longenecker for the last walk of the season!  George will explain how to recognize trees, shrubs, and ground covers in the winter by means of leaf scars, bud scales, twig and bark characteristics and more.  Bring a hand lens if you have one.  Meet on December 2 at 2:00pm in the lower parking lot at the WV Botanic garden.

Mountaineer Audubon Field Trip

Dec 1st - Public and members are invited to Field Trip to look for waterfowl on Cheat Lake.  Come learn about the ducks visiting from the north.  Cheat Lake field trip will meet at 8:00am at Ruby & Ketchy's Restaurant.  Join us at 7:00am for breakfast.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

FODC gets $5K grant

Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) has received a $5,000 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust.  This funding will be used to enhance the Sabraton Outdoor Learning Park.
Located adjacent to Deckers Creek and a section of the rail-trail, the Sabraton OLP includes an outdoor classroom pavilion, community mosaic mural, walking trails, seating, native gardens and plants, public art created by local youth and interpretive signs.
Funding from the Chesapeake Bay Trust will be used to create three wayside exhibits and written educator guides and kits to support educators interested in providing a hands-on, educational experience for their students.
"This program will provide an opportunity for professional educators and their students at Morgantown High school to access a local environmental education center that can be used to extend their curricula beyond the walls of the classroom," said Christian Root, biology teacher at MHS.
"The new wayside exhibits and educational guide will provide adults and children alike a better understanding of the creek and creekside ecosystems." said Liz Wiles, FODC Executive Director.
FODC's mission is to improve the natural qualities of, increase the public concern for and promote the enjoyment of the Deckers Creek Watershed.
Information: 304-292-3970 or

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Warning for WV Backyard Bird Watchers

SOUTH CHARLESTON - A migratory bird in the finch family is a cause for concern for backyard bird watchers in West Virginia.  Called pine siskins, the bird is flocking in large numbers in the state, meaning they could transmit salmonellosis to other species.  The last time such an unusually large migration occurred, bird kills were reported throughout West Virginia from salmonellosis.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources' wildlife section advises that backyard feeders be cleaned every two weeks and rinsed with a 10 percent bleach solution.  The feeder should be thoroughly dried before refilling.  The cleaning is especially recommended for feeders containing thistle seed, a food favored by pine siskins.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Mon River Trails Conservancy Meeting

From the Dominion Post 11/7/2012 Meetings:
Mon River Trails Conservancy, 5pm, Star City Town Hall