Thursday, February 27, 2014

Introduction to (Free!) Birding Course

BOPARC is sponsoring a series of three classes taught by members of the Mountaineer Audubon Society. Each of the three classes begin with classroom activity at Dorsey's Knob, followed by field trips to different types of habitat for each session. Classes are one Saturday morning per month starting March 8th. See BOPARC's webpage for more information and to sign up.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Mother Earth News Article on Neonicotinoid Insecticides

Neonicotinoid Insecticides: Are Your Nursery Plants Being Treated With Bee-Killing Chemicals?
Several popular home stores are selling nursery plants treated with bee-killing chemicals, including potent neonicotinoid insecticides, also called “neonics.”

Monday, February 3, 2014


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Love the outdoors?  Want to learn more?
Become a Master Naturalist
64 hours of classes and 30 hours volunteer work
Classes Thursday evenings 6-­9pm
Saturday field trips
Cost $60.00
Classes begin March 20 in Percival Hall

Contact: Ellen Hrabovsky
304 282-­5913

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Amphibian/reptile regs book offered

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) has a new 
Reptile and Amphibian Regulations brochure available, according to 
DNR Director Frank Jezioro.  The brochure  can be viewed by
clicking on the publication image under regulations at  
It also can be found on the DNR home page under “Wildlife Diversity.”  
Paper copies are available in limited quantities at DNR district offices, 
the state headquarters in South  Charleston and the Elkins Operations 
“Reptiles and amphibians are a valuable wildlife resource. The DNR 
established these  regulations to provide opportunities for people to 
study, appreciate, and use the state’s natural heritage without harming 
reptile  and amphibian populations,” Jezioro said.  “The scientific 
community and conservation-minded individuals have been asking
for these regulations, and we are pleased to be able to provide 
protections in this way."

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Easy Volunteer Hours

1. Macroinvertebrate Sorting - This consists of coming into the office to pick through samples of leaf litter and stream bed debris to find small aquatic insects that will be identified later. These small insects can tell us a lot about water quality. This activity can be done any time during office hours. 

2. Citizen Scientist Data Entry - There are some water sampling data sheets that need to be entered into our online database. If you would be interested in coming into the office to input data for an hour or two, it can be done anytime during office hours. 

If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please send me an email. Be sure to call the office phone (304-292-3970) before you come to the office to be sure someone will be there. There are times when all staff is out in the field or running errands. 

Thanks for your dedication to our organization!

Hannah Spencer
President-In-Training, Aurora Lights
Volunteer Coordinator, Friends of Deckers Creek