Friday, October 25, 2013

West Virginia Botanic Garden Autumn 'State Tree' Walk - Oct 27

Enjoy and learn about fall colors and other autumnal changes on a walk focusing on the lore of official state trees as the Botanic Garden helps to celebrate the Year of the Tree in Morgantown.  Trees of 21 states may be found at the Botanic Garden.  WVU Arboretum Specialist Jon Weems will lead a leisurely walk.  This event is free and open to the public.  Meet in the lower parking lot of the Botanic Garden at 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown.  For more information, go to

Mountaineer Audubon Core Arboretum Birding Field Trip - Oct 26

Meet at the WVU Core Arboretum parking lot on Monongahela Boulevard (Route 19/7) in Morgantown next to the WVU Coliseum parking lot at 8:00 am for a walk in search of fall migrant birds.  Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Mountaineer Audubon Pleasant Creek WMA Birding Field Trip, Oct 19

Join us for this fall birding trip to Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area in Barbour county.  Meet at Mountaineer Mall near the water tower at 7:30 am to form carpools, or meet at the first WMA parking lot on Upper Pleasant Creek Road west of Routes 119/250 at 8:30 am.  Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Saw-whet owl banding at Valley Falls State Park - Nov 1

Friday, November 1st, saw-whet owl banding with Joey Herron, licensed bird bander, at Valley Falls State Park. Meet at Superintendent's Office, top of hill, at 8:30pm for discussion, followed by (fingers crossed) netting and banding of these interesting creatures on their migration. Dress warmly, bring a folding chair, flashlight, camera, and maybe a hot drink (we will be outside). Ends at 11pm, and rain date will be Nov. 2nd. Sponsored by Sierra Club and all are invited.

Tree Planting and Care Workshop: The Morgantown Municipal Green Team, Oct 12th

All are welcome to this free workshop, which takes place from 11:00am to 12:30pm at the downtown public library.  This year, the Tree Board will mark the occasion by planting trees in front of the library just before the workshop begins.  For more information, please visit  For more information on this event, please contact Pamala Cubberly on the Morgantown Municipal Green Team (

Stargazing Event, Oct 12th

Dr Sean McWilliams, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at WVU, will present a Tour of the Night Sky from 7:30-8:00pm.  The WVU Astronomy club will bring their telescopes for public viewing.  Observing will follow immediately after the presentation.  There will be a campfire for roasting marshmallows to make s'mores, and hot chocolate will be served.  It is suggested that attendees bring a lawn chair.  For more information call the Chestnut Ridge Park office at (304)594-1773.

Mountaineer Audubon Dorsey's Knob Park Birding Field Trip - Oct 12

Meet at the parking lot at the mosaic wall at Dorsey's Knob Park in Morgantown at 8:00am for this birding walk in search of fall migrants.  Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Reminder: Star Gazing this Saturday

Reminder:  Star Gazing Event this Saturday at Chestnut Ridge Park from 7-10.  Hot chocolate and s'mores provided.  Great volunteer opportunity.  See full notice by scrolling down through the posts.

Orienteering class/Potluck social November 16

From Greg Waggett, Social Director of the Monongahela Chapter:
More information about the class and potluck will be sent out the first week of November, but we wanted everyone to be aware of this class event for planning purposes. Please be aware the information provided here is only roughly what I know at this time. Actual times may change, and fees may apply (topo maps, etc) depending on available resources.
Sheldon Owen and Ray Frear will be teaching a two-hour class on orienteering, followed by a potluck social, then an approximately two hour, practical application session of what we learned in the classroom. Sheldon and Ray will need a fairly accurate headcount for necessary maps, compasses, etc., so be thinking about whether you'll be attending and be prepared to respond when we send out the final info on or about November 4th. Class will probably start at 9am; lunch at 11am; orienteering starting at noon.
The location of the Orienteering class is at the Westvaco Natural Resource Center in the WVU forest. There are facilities for the potluck with access to electricity for cooking appliances. We didn't use any kind of signup sheet for our last potluck and it was highly successful, so we'll probably not do one for this event either. Some vegetarian dishes would likely be appreciated by some of our group.
Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Three Fork Creek Project Recognized on National Level

One of our own in the news

Mountaineer Audubon monthly program - WVU Wildlife Graduate Students Research, October 8th 2013

The latest research results from WVU Graduate Students Cristina Slover (Creating Habitat for WV Birds with Fire), Julie Mallon (Flight Behavior of Vultures), and Andrew Dennhardt (Golden Eagles of Eastern US) will be presented in this month's program.  Meet at 6:30pm at Spruce Street United Methodist Church, 386 Spruce Street, in downtown Morgantown in Seekers Hall.  The program begins at 7:00pm.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Mosses, Lichens, and Ferns Walk, October 6th 2013

Join WVU Professor of Biology Dr Susan Studlar and discover many exciting species of mosses, lichens, and ferns.  A whole new world will become apparent as you learn the fascinating biology behind these organisms.  Bring a hand lens if you have one.  This event is free and open to the public.  Meet in the lower parking lot of the Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown.  For more information, please go to

Mountaineer Audubon White Park Year-of-the-Tree Bird Walk, October 5th 2013

We'll help celebrate Morgantown's year-long Year-of-the-Tree celebration with this walk in Morgantown's White Park, meeting at the Morgantown Ice Arena parking lot at 8:00am.  The focus will be on how birds use trees in their livers.  Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument

West Virginia's wildest places merit National Monument status. Please come and learn more about the proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument, which would be West Virginia's first and the largest east of the Mississippi! Thursday, October 10th, 7pm. WVU's Percival Hall Rm 332,  Morgantown. This grassroots initiative is supported by hunters, anglers, backpackers, businesses, naturalists, and ordinary families who see the environmental and economic benefits of conferring National Monument status on parts of the southern Monongahela National Forest. Speakers include Drew Ball, Sierra Club, and Dr. Alan Collins of Downstream Strategies who will present findings on the economic impact. National Monument designation will remind the world of the beauty and majesty of West Virginia's mountains! Co-sponsored by Sierra Club and WVU Recreation and Parks.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Volunteers needed at the WV Water Festival this Friday/Saturday

Volunteer at the WV Water Festival
On Fri, Oct 4 and Sat, Oct 5, Morgantown is hosting its first WV Water Festival.  The Water Festival is an opportunity for young and old alike to engage in hands-on activities on a variety of topics about water (water quality, watershed issues, water’s role in history, commerce and recreation).

The event is 9:30a – 1p on Friday (for area 5th graders) and 11a – 4p on Saturday (for the community) at Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park.

The organizing committee is seeking volunteers to assist in 2 major ways:
1.     Act as “tour guides” for the student groups on Friday.  The groups will be rotating through the activities.  The tour guides will escort the groups from the drop off point (in the Wharf District) to the park, and ensure the groups stay on schedule as they rotate.
2.     The WVDEP is providing a stream table (simulated stream).  Currently, the WVDEP staff person who is leading the activity can attend only on Friday.  He can leave it for use on Saturday, but we need folks to facilitate the activity for the community.  Master Naturalists would be perfect facilitators!

If you’re interested & available, please reply ASAP to Liz Wiles, Executive Director of Friends of Deckers Creek at or call 304-292-3970.  Thank you!

Elizabeth Wiles, Executive Director
Friends of Deckers Creek
PO Box 877
Dellslow, WV 26531
Office: 304.292.3970
Fax: 304.292.5070

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