Friday, November 29, 2013

Winter Botany Walk at WVBG - Dec 1

***12/1; 2:00 pm Winter Botany - 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. WV Botanic Garden at htttp://

Friday, November 22, 2013

Mountaineer Audubon Cheat Lake Waterfowl Birding Field Trip, Nov 23

Ducks, geese, and other water birds should be plentiful for this trip to Cheat Lake.  Meet at Ruby & Ketchy's Restaurant on Route 857, south of Cheat Lake Animal Hospital, at 8:00am.  If you'd like breakfast beforehand, meet at the restaurant at 7:00am.  Dress warmly and bring binoculars.  For more information, email

Friday, November 15, 2013

Become a Volunteer Water Quality Monitor

In case anyone is interested, this activity racks up lots of volunteer hours. -Meredith

West Virginia Rivers Coalition is partnered with Trout Unlimited to perform volunteer water quality monitoring in West Virginia and Virginia coldwater streams. The program will train volunteers to monitor coldwater streams facing potential impacts from shale gas development. Trainings will be held throughout West Virginia with the first training held in Elkins on Saturday, December 14th. See flyer for more information. Please RSVP by December 11th.

Mountaineer Audubon White Park Birding Field Trip, Nov 16

Late-fall bird migrants will be the focus of this trip, which meets at the Morgantown Ice Arena parking lot in Morgantown's White Park at 8:00am.  Bring binoculars and dress warmly.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Wildfire burning near Seneca Rocks

The blaze is 20 percent contained. It’s being called the North Mountain Fire and so far has destroyed 720 acres. Click here to view WV MetroNews article.

2013 American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Award of Merit

Please read the November 9, 2013 WBOY article

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Monongahela Master Naturalist Orienteering Class/Potluck Social - November 16th

Ray and Sheldon are meeting this Friday to hash a few more details out but the course will run from 10am to 3pm, or later if people want to stick around. This class is being held at the WESTVACO Natural Resources Center in the WVU Forest

If you have a compass or GPS, please bring it with you, but compasses, maps, and GPS units will be provided. We need the best head-count we can get, so please let Greg ( know ASAP if you intend to participate.

10:00 am Intro to Compass and Pacing

11:00 am Intro to Maps

12:00 pm Pot Luck Lunch (no sign-up sheet - just bring a little something; we'll take up a collection for drinks, cups, etc)

1:00 pm Orienteering

2:00 pm Intro to GPS

December 5th! Fledgling Monongahela Master Naturalist Book Club Meeting!

The MN book club is in its infancy and you are all invited to join us at our first meeting:

Starting December 5th, we are meeting at 6pm the first Thursday of each month in the WVU South Ag Sciences bldg, rm G138. It's the building across from the new greenhouse on the Evansdale campus.

The first book we will be discussing is "Cerulean Blues" by Katie Fallon. Some of you may remember Katie from the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia and the Barn Owl, among other special guests, she brings to class.

The books we have selected all have to do with nature and the environment.

Thanks, and we hope you will all be able to be a part of this exciting effort!