Monday, July 22, 2013

Swift Watch Downtown Morgantown Aug 9

From the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia: Swift Watch Downtown August 9!
In case you haven't noticed, downtown Morgantown is home to many chimney swifts! On summer evenings, scores of the small, insect-eating birds can be observed chittering and diving over our buildings and homes. Join us on Friday, August 9 at 7:30pm (rain date Saturday, August 10) at the historic chimney at the Seneca Center to watch the aerial display overhead. In addition, you will learn about chimney swift natural history, threats this species faces, and why they've chosen downtown Morgantown as their summer home. Everyone is welcome at this free event!                     
9:16am Jul 22

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Good Zoo/Ohio Valley Master Naturalist Schedule (Spider Class Elective)

Hi Everyone, attached is the next round of classes for our MN chapter, in case you have students needing to make up core classes or seeking new and different electives…  We are THRILLED to have the author of the new book Common Spiders of North America teaching a spider elective. Participants can order the field guide at a 20% discount, too. The WV Otter class is great, too, and students go into our otter exhibit to photograph the otters at the end!

Please remind your chapter’s students to register and reserve a room for the Davis & Elkins State MN conference ASAP!!  Classes are filling and the website is getting over 50 hits per day!


Penny Miller,  Zoo Director
Oglebay's Good Zoo
465 Lodge Drive
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-243-4027 phone
304-243-4110 fax

For a copy of the schedule and registration form:

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Learn about birds of prey at campground

The Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia will give a presentation on birds of prey at 1pm Sunday, at Chestnut Ridge Park and campground.  Children will be able to dissect owl pellets and make bird feeders.  Admission is $4.  ACCA is a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates injured birds of prey.

Monday, July 15, 2013


Native seed collection is imperative for the preservation, conservation and reclamation of plant communities in decline. The loss of species diversity in plant communities can have negative repercussions on local pollinator and animal populations. MARS-B is a new effort to collect native early-successional plant species for long-term storage and native plant materials development. This is MARS-B’s second year making native seed collections for the entire mid-Atlantic region.

We invite you to participate in our first Native Seed Collection Workshop in West Virginia, August 2nd. The participants of this workshop will be trained in the National Seeds of Success (SOS) Collection Protocol, the official native seed collection program for the United States. The knowledge you gain will prepare you to make native seed collections for MARS-B and the National SOS Program. The seed that you collect will be made available for regional restoration efforts. We hope that all participants continue to work with MARS-B in various capacities: as volunteers and both full and part-time paid native seed collectors.  This training is your opportunity to become involved in an unique and exciting regional seed collection network. We are eager to create permanent relationships with botanists and naturalists interested in native seed collection. We hope to see you August 2nd!

LOCATION: West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Elkins Operations Center, Ward Road
DIRECTIONS: The DNR office is on Ward Road, .8 miles from RTE 219 and 1.7 miles south of the intersection of RTE 33 and RTE 219 on RTE 219.
HOURS: 8am to 3pm
PLEASE BRING: Plenty of water, lunch, sun protection, bug repellant, appropriate outdoor clothing, and a field notebook


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Time to sign up for the state Master Naturalist meeting

2013 West Virginia Master Naturalist Conference General Information
Conference to be held from Friday August 16 to Sunday August 18th on the Campus of Davis & Elkins College.  The Conference and Class Registration Fee for 2013 is $55.00. This does not include lodging.  Lodging on campus must be done directly with D&E College.

Upon request, the Conference Registration Packet will be sent directly to you by email.  To Request a Conference Registration Packet including the Conference Registration Form and Class 2013 West Virginia Master Naturalist Conference - General Information Registration Form, please contact Dr. Karel Schubert at Please include WV MN Conference Registration on the subject line. The forms can be filled out online and returned electronically.  Please contact Dr. Schubert by email or Vivian Yeager (; 304-637-0245), if you need a paper copy or assistance with the forms.

To confirm Conference and Class Registration after submitting the online form, please print a copy of the Conference and Class Registration Forms and send along with check for $55.00 made payable to D&E Master Naturalist. The check should be sent directly to:
   Vivian Yeager
   West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
   Elkins Operations Center
   P.O. Box 67
   Elkins, WV 26241

Upon receiving check for the Conference and Class Registration Fee, a letter will be sent indicating registration in classes.  Housing arrangements for campus lodging must be made directly with Davis & Elkins College by contacting the Byrd Conference Center at 800-624-3157.

More information, including classes and bios, can be found on their website: