Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Oct 30 Monongahela Master Naturalist Class

From Ellen Hrabovsky:
This class is more than just art.  It is about seeing and documenting what you see.  There are many ways to do that and Ann will show you some possibilities.
We have paper and pencils for sketching.  This year Ann plans to focus on winter twigs which will be a great introduction to life without leaves and how easy
it is to identify trees even without those green things.
PLEASE NOTE!!!  Class be will at 6 pm in room 205 Percival Hall instead of the lab we usually use.  (this is where we have met the geology lecture)
It will be helpful if a few of you "old timers" be there a little early to help the new people find the new location. 
So far this seems to be the last scheduled class of the year, since the Invasive Plants person has struck out.  We are working on a couple of other winter classes and the book club will
meet as we did last year. 
Hope to see many of you Thursday.

Friday, October 24, 2014

WVBG The Lure and Lore of Trees Walk

Oct 24 - Long-time West Virginia University Arboretum Specialist Jon Weems will lead an autumn walk in celebration of trees at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd, Morgantown.  This event is free and open to the public.  Meet in the lower parking lot of the Botanic Garden.  For more information, please contact Erin Smaldone at erin@wvbg.org or 304-216-8704.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Comment on state invasive species plan

The draft West Virginia Invasive Species Strategic Plan is available for public comment through Oct 22.  The plan is intended to let West Virginia and all entities operating within its borders to address the threats posed by terrestrial and aquatic invasive species, including pathogens, which occur or may occur in the state.
Modeled after similar plans nationwide, the plan describe the status of invasive species in West Virginia and proposes goals and strategies to address their impacts.  Recommended management goals include coordination, prevention, early detection, rapid response, control and management, and education and outreach.
The document is available for download at wvdnr.gov under Top News Stories.  Submit comments to Whitney Bailey, at whitney.bailey@mail.wvu.edu or to the WVDNR Elkins Operations Center, PO Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241.  Comments are due by Oct 22.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Master Naturalist Moss-lichen Workshop Sat. Oct. 11, 2 to 4:30 PM

Join us for the Moss-Lichen Workshop this Saturday at the West Virginia Botanic Garden.  Our instructor is Dr Susan Studlar.  We will meet in the lower parking lot.
Dr Studlar requests that you bring:
> 1) a hand-lens
> 2) a small light if convenient (e.g., Keyring light or small flashlight). It makes a world of difference if you can shine a light on a moss then look at it magnified. I have yet to find an inexpensive illuminated hand-lens that doesn't fall apart.
> 3) folder or clipboard for handouts and also to write on.  I will have a couple of handouts (one being my handout for the Sept. 28 walk, the other a new one especially for this workshop - in part a worksheet, with questions to answer on site.
> 4) water bottle with enough water to drink and to wake up the mosses, as needed!
Plan on being at the lower parking lot about 1:45 PM on Saturday so we can start on time.

Met Theatre to host film festival Oct 23

Join the West Virginia Rivers Coalition (WVRC) on Oct 23 at the Metropolitan Theatre as it hosts the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.  Doors open at 6:30pm.
Bringing the Wild and Scenic Film Festival back to Morgantown for the fifth time, WVRC has planned an evening of films, live music and prizes from area businesses.
Tickets can be purchased for $8 in advance online, at www.wvrivers.org.  Tickets will be on sale at the door for $10, $8 with a valid student ID.  Info: 304-637-7201.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Next Green Space Meeting

Hi All,
I’ve been in touch with some of you regarding a follow-up meeting about green space opportunities in and around Morgantown. Our initial meeting generated a lot of interest, particularly in terms of how the various operational green space groups could support each other, share ideas and resources, and otherwise synergize. Brent and I and a few others have kicked around the idea of outlining a green space ‘plan’ that we’d like to discuss with everyone (who is involved in green space issues); thus I propose that we meet on the third Thursday of this month, October 16th, from 5:15 pm to 7:15 pm at the Woodburn Building. I’ve drafted an agenda outline; have a look and comment as you see fit.
RSVP if possible, and please feel free to forward this email and agenda.  Also, send me the contact information including email of those that you think should be on the list.
Rick Landenberger

Mason-Dixon Line hike set for Oct 19

Pete Zapadka, found of exploretheline.com, a website dedicated to the exploration of the Mason-Dixon Line, will host the Mason-Dixon Line Hike and Celebration beginning at 10:30am, Oct 19, at Mason-Dixon Historical Park on Buckeye Road near Core.  The 3 mile hike is a great opportunity for history buffs to learn about Mason and Dixon.
An interactive activity will be held during the hike to mark the return of prisoners from the French and Indian War - which ended in 1763 - across the Mason-Dixon Line.  Historian Doug Wood of Nitro will begin the day by leading the interactive program, in which visitors will be invited to participate.  Joining Wood will be historical re-enactors Dianne Anestis, of Nitro, and Ed Robey, of Morgantown.
Participants will meet in the parking lot at the park's red barn before the hike.
For directions and information about Mason-Dixon Historical Park, call 304.879.4101.