Wednesday, August 28, 2013

August 29 Master Naturalist class at Percival Hall

Tomorrow we meet as usual for Sheldon's Habitat Improvement class, a core class.  Parking will be a problem due to a bar-b-que at the Forestry school.  Might park near the Ag Sci building and walk down.  Give yourself a little extra time.

Volunteer Opportunity at WVBG Children's Festival

Hi, Denise and Ellen,
You may already be doing this, but, if not,  I'd appreciate your publicizing the Fall Children's Festival on October 13 from 1-4 as a volunteer opportunity for master naturalists on the blog and at classes. We'll have the usual activities of pumpkin painting, nature crafts, good food, and building fairy houses. We will also be selling WVBG merchandise.  It will still be free, but I am adding "donations are appreciated" to the publicity. People who want to volunteer should contact Erin at

Friday, August 23, 2013

West Virginia Botanic Garden Wildflowers August 24

With local Naturalist Ellen Hrabovsky, we will explore the plethora of summer wildflowers found around the reservoir basin.  A wildflower book is helpful.  For more information, visit or call Erin Smaldone at 304-216-8704.  This event is free and open to the public.

Mountaineer Audubon Cooper's Rock State Forest Birding Field Trip, Aug 24

Dress for the weather and bring binoculars for this trip to a recently cut-over area in Cooper's Rock State Forest to search for late summer and early fall birds and other wildlife.  Meet near the water tower at Mountaineer Mall at 7:30am or at 8:00am at the Ken's Run trailhead parking lot on Chestnut Ridge Road, north of I-68. This lot is the first lot on the right, about 200 feet past Chestnut Ridge Park Road, and is 1.6 miles north of Old Route 73 just east of I-68 exit 15.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Mountaineer Audubon Birding Field Trip: Friendship Hill National Historic Site

August 17th - Meet at Suncrest Town Center, along the side of the Kroger store at 7:30am to form carpools.  Bring binoculars and dress for the weather for a trip to Friendship Hill National Historic Site just north of Port Marion, PA, where we will search for late-summer birds and other wildlife.  Or meet at Friendship Hill at 8:15am, at the trailhead parking lot (first lot on right along entrance road).  For more information, contact Terry Bronson at 304-225-0999 or

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Friday Night Dinner at the Master Naturalist Meeting

We are gathering on the front porch at Graceland around 5:15 Friday evening.  We will then go down to El Gran Sabor, an authentic Venezuelan restaurant in downtown Elkins, for dinner.  The food is great.  A good time will be had by all.

'Rembering Our Roots' at Nature Wonder Wild Foods Weekend

CAIRO - "Remembering Our Roots" is the theme for a meeting of wild food enthusiasts who will gather for the 46th Annual Nature Wonder Wild Foods Weekend at North Bend State Park from Sept. 20-22.  The event, North America's longest-running wild foods event, begins Sept. 20 evening and concludes Sept. 22.  It includes speakers, presentations, nature walks, and collection and preparation of wild foods.
The weekend offers overnight packages as well as day-only attendance options.  To register, contact Wendy Greene at the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources at 304-558-2754 or email  Reservations forms and more information also are available online at  Overnight options include lodge rooms, cabins, or camping sites.  Specify your preference during registration.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Mountaineer Audubon Pleasant Creek WMA Birding Field Trip - Aug 10

Bring binoculars and dress for the weather for this trip to Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area in Barbour County to search for late-summer birds and other wildlife.  Meet near the water tower at Mountaineer Mall at 7:30am to form carpools.  Or meet at 8:30am at Upper Pleasant Creek Road, west of Routes 119/250 in Barbour county at first WMA parking lot on right.

Thursday, August 1, 2013


In case you haven't registered yet, you better hurry.  You need to register ASAP and grab a room at Davis and Elkins College before they are released.  You can click on the links below for conference information and registration form.

2013 Conference Information
2013 Registration Form