Friday, January 31, 2014

Plight of the Monarch Butterfly

There was a recent article about a plunge in the number of monarch butterflies migrating to Mexico (

After reading the article, I wondered where I might be able to find milkweed seeds for my gardens. A friend texted me a link she saw on "Green Morgantown's" facebook page. If you're interested, this retail site, devoted to the monarch butterflies, is a source of both seeds and live plants:

WV elk program will emerge from a three way trade

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Gartons' NYC dinosaur display on TV Show this Thursday!

Some of you met Ray Garton this past summer during the state meeting at Elkins where he presented a session on fossils.  Ray sent along this note:
This is the Week  to see our dinosaur display that we did in New York City.  The episode of Elementary will air this Thursday, January 30 at 10:00 on CBS. We have no idea of what you will see,, but our contact with the show said, “ The show airs THIS Thursday! Thanks again for your help. It looks great. LA was very happy with our work.”
We hope that you’re able to see it or use your DVR.
Sorry for the cross posting but it was the easiest way to get the word out fast.
Ray & Mary Ellen

Friday, January 17, 2014

Nicaragua Trip 2014

Although the original deadline has passed, you can still sign up for the April trip to northern Nicaragua.  This is really a great opportunity especially for birders.  Click for the brochure.

53rd Annual Wildflower Pilgramage

Good Morning,

Attached you will find the reservation form for the 2014 Wildflower Pilgrimage held at Blackwater Falls.  If you are unable to open the document, please let me know and I will mail you a paper copy.  Please note that the form has undergone some changes this year.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. 

Also new this year is our ability to take reservations over the phone with a credit card.  You will need to speak with me in order to do that.  I will be out of the office tomorrow, Friday January 17, 2014.  However, if you leave me a voicemail with your phone number I will return your call.  Any voicemail will be dated and timed so that all reservations will still be taken on a first come first served basis.

We look forward to seeing you at the Pilgrimage!! 

Wendy L. Greene
Administrative Secretary
WV Division of Natural Resources
324 Fourth Avenue
South Charleston, WV 25303

Note: I am unable to use Wendy's pdf attachment as an attachment here.  I have made an effort to convert the pdf file to a Word document.  I would suggest contacting Wendy for a copy of the reservation form to be sure you have all the necessary information.  In the meantime please click here for an overview of the original attachment.

Toboggan Festival, Jan 18

Fun for the whole family!  Annual Toboggan Festival at Chestnut Ridge Park.  There will be games and prizes, and free hot chocolate for everyone!  Warm up by a cozy fire after sledding.  Please bring your own sled.  No-snow date will be January 25.  The cost is $2 per person.  You may call 304-594-1773 for more information.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Social gathering at Black Bear canceled for this Thursday

We were unable to secure the private meeting room at Black Bear Burritos in Suncrest for this Thursday, Jan 16.  Will see you in February.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Trap Line Adventures & Techniques Across Appalachia

The program is hosted by the Arnettsville Public Library, 2pm, Sunday at the Arnettsville Community Center.  The basic techniques of trapping will be presented by National Trapsetting Champion and WV Trappers Association member Mike Gray at the free program.  A variety of traps and tanned furs will be on display.  Info: Call 304-278-2021.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tracking & Woods Lore Workshop

Where:       Twin Falls Resort State Park 1-800-CALL WVA.
When:        Jan. 17-19, 2014, program begins Friday 7pm & ends Sunday          12:30am.

What can you expect?  Family friendly (ages 5 and up), interactive, inside and outdoor, scavenger hunt, tracking skills development, 18th century woods lore & history, special American Indian foods supper.

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR WV MASTER NATURALISTS – If you attend the whole weekend, you have the opportunity to earn 4 class hours in Tracking & 3 class hours in Medicinal/Edible/Useful Native Plants.

Twin Falls recently suffered some personnel loss and the advertising has fallen far behind normal.  So we are getting the word out even before the Park has the info posted on its webiste.  Therefore, you should call the Park to check on the actual prices, but last year (2013), the prices were as follows:

Workshop but no lodging:    $67
1 person/2 nights lodging:    $144.27
2 people/2 nights lodging:    $211.27
You can’t beat these prices with a stick!  Even if inflation drives them up a little this year.

If you have questions regarding Master Naturalist course hours or scout merit badge opportunities, call or e-mail Doug Wood at 304-550-1006 or  .  All other inquiries, call Tara at the Park 304-294-4000.

Doug Wood

Monday, January 6, 2014

January's book: "A Sand County Almanac"

The name of this month's book is "A Sand County Almanac" by Aldo Leopold.  The MN Book Club meets 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.  There is still a lot of construction going on there, and the front entrance where we would normally go in is now blocked off.   There is a way in around the side  of the building, so if you are in the large parking lot you would have to go around to the left.