Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Bridge talk gets extended

Public remarks will be accepted until next week.

The public comment period has been extended to Jan 5 for a potential project to increase access to Interstate 79 via a new bridge spanning the Monongahela River.   The Morgantown Monongalia Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) held a public workshop on the issue Dec 3.  The meeting not only offered a look at proposed designs, but gave attendees the opportunity to provide feedback.  That opportunity stretched beyond the meeting, and was scheduled to end Dec 24.  MPO Executive Director Bill Austin explained why the deadline was extended.
"We've had a great deal of public input to date ... which is great.  We're always happy to have public comments, but some of the comments expressed a concern that the comment period was not long enough, so we extended it to what we thought was a reasonable amount of time," Austin said, adding that about 200 comments were submitted as of Monday afternoon.
More information is available on the MPO's website at  Comments can be submitted to

If you haven't already written, you've now been given a second chance.  Please write to help protect the WVU Core Arboretum.  

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

WVU Core Arboretum Under Threat

The following was taken from a note sent out by Zach Fowler, Director of the Arboretum:

The WVU Core Arboretum is potentially threatened by plans to build a bridge over the Monongahela River.  The Morgantown Monongalia Metropolitan Planning Organization (MMMPO) is asking for feedback, we need to give them feedback.  This is happening very fast, and acting urgently is necessary.  The deadline for comments is December 24.

The MMMPO held a meeting for the I-79 Access Study on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015.  This was the first of three public meetings that will be held for the project.  There was no formal presentation at the meeting, but there was a handout containing the relevant information.  Officials from MMMPO were also on hand to answer questions.  There is now a website for the project (

 This is a critical time to respond to the MMMPO with concerns about the impact of the project on the Arboretum.  They are entering into the "alternatives development process."  Once they have received the public comments, they will begin evaluating "preliminary alternatives" and developing a list of alternatives to present at the next public meeting.  Keep in mind that one of these preliminary alternatives is likely a bridge over the Arboretum.  The official presentation of a bridge over the Arboretum as an option could come in March.  They have officially, albeit quietly, solicited input from citizens and stakeholders.  They have officially, albeit quietly, asked us to come forward with our concerns.

It is important that all who are concerned about the future of the WVU Core Arboretum write a letter to Bill Austin, Executive Director of MMMPO (address below), before December 24 and express the opinion that "Direct Roadway Connection from New I-79 Interchange to Monongahela Boulevard" (Project 6, Option B in the LRTP) is not an option that should even be considered as a preliminary alternative, much less a preferred alternative, due to its necessary and unavoidable impact on the WVU Core Arboretum.  Even a bridge OVER the Arboretum will cause irreversible and unacceptable damage to the Arboretum.  It is also important to stress the importance of the Arboretum to the community and the University, and to emphasize the value that it holds.

Mr. Bill Austin, AICP
Executive Director
Morgantown Monongalia MPO
82 Hart Field Road Suite 105
Morgantown, WV 26505

Comments are due by December 24, 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Sierra Club Urban Walk - Dec 12

***Saturday, December 12
Start time: 11:00
Hiking time: Allow 3 hours
Intensity: Moderate - be in good shape, but previous hiking experience not required
Join Sierra Club hike leader Ann Devine King and longtime Morgantown resident Bill Case for a walk through the rapidly changing urban landscape in and around West Virginia University. This hike will cover 5 to 6 miles of hilly city streets and sidewalks, including all three campuses of WVU. See a dozen or more new or recent building projects, including hospital, apartment, classroom, and other buildings that are transforming entire neighborhoods. Includes Sunnyside, Downtown, and Evansdale. , includes a steep path that may become muddy/slippery. Wear shoes/boots with good traction and dress for weather. Contact leader, Ann Devine-King for more info/ meeting place at 304-594-2636 or

Monday, December 7, 2015

Tracking & Woods Lore Workshop

January 15-17, 2016
Tracking & Woods Lore Workshop, Twin Falls State Park

Step back in time to the 18th century, when American Indians and European Americans lived closer to nature. Learn some of the skills that were necessary for everyday life, and learn of the cultural sharing that has made our modern lives richer. Enjoy nature, dram, tracking, and history in outdoor and indoor setting. Starts at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. Bring warm clothes, sturdy footwear, camera, binoculars, and notepad to get the most out of this weekend. The workshop is definitely family friendly, with interest for ages from 5 years to over 55. We encourage scout groups (girls & boys) to use the workshop to help them earn certain merit badges and awards in themes of history, nature study, American Indian, Pioneer, woods lore, etc. Two classes are offered for WV Master Naturalist students as well; Tracking (4 hr. credit) and Medicinal/Edible/Useful Native Plants (3 hr. credit).
Overnight accommodations are available in either Twin Falls Lodge or a Twin Falls vacation cabin. Package prices include lodging, Saturday dinner, break refreshments, and all event activities.

Package pricing when staying at the lodge:
One person with two nights' lodging in a queen bed room – $141.00; two people with two nights' lodging in a two queen – $213.00. Cabin rates and other options are available depending upon room or cabin type.
Contact: 304-294-4000

Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas Bird Count Dec 19

Dec 19 - Christmas bird count - 8am - 4pm.  Audubon's Christmas Bird Count, which attempts to count all birds within a 15-mile-diameter circle, has been conducted for more than 100 years.  People who want to get involved in Morgantown's count may register online, at  Several teams will cover various areas.  Attendees can bird all day long, or only part of the day.

North Bend State Park Reservations

The 2016 State Master Naturalist Meeting is being held at North Bend State Park.  Dates are June 9-12 with Friday being pre-conference activities including biking, kayaking, historical tour of Blennerhasset Island, and a self-guided tour of Harrisville.  You may now make your reservations for rooms in the Lodge or to rent a cabin.  The number to call is 304-643-2931or go to their website.

For those wanting to rent a campsite, you will need to wait until after Feb 15.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Winter choices of the Master Naturalist bookclub

December 10   Winter World  by  Bernd Heinrich
From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, and from torpid turtles to insects with antifreeze, the animal kingdom relies on some staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts, who must alter the environment to accommodate physical limitations, animals are adaptable to an amazing range of conditions.
Examining everything from food sources in the extremely barren winter land-scape to the chemical composition that allows certain creatures to survive, Heinrich's Winter World awakens the largely undiscovered mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.

January 14   Life on the Edge  by  Johnjoe Mcfadden  and Jim Al- Khalili
Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how did it come to be? Even in an age of cloning and artificial biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we still missing a vital ingredient in its creation?
Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, which provided a new perspective on how evolution works, Life on the Edge alters our understanding of our world's fundamental dynamics. Bringing together first-hand experience at the cutting edge of science with unparalleled gifts of explanation, Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe Macfadden reveal that missing ingredient to be quantum mechanics; the phenomena that lie at the heart of this most mysterious of sciences.

Drawing on recent ground-breaking experiments around the world, each chapter in Life on the Edge engages by illustrating one of life's puzzles: How do migrating birds know where to go? How do we really smell the scent of a rose? How do our genes copy themselves with such precision? Life on the Edge accessibly reveals how quantum mechanics can answer these probing questions of the universe.

Guiding the reader through the rapidly unfolding discoveries of the last few years, Al-Khalili and McFadden communicate the excitement of the explosive new field of quantum biology and its potentially revolutionary applications, while offering insights into the biggest puzzle of all: what is life? As they brilliantly demonstrate in these groundbreaking pages, life exists on the quantum edge.

February 11   Dirt  the Ecstatic Skin of Earth  by William Logan
“You are about to read a lot about dirt, which no one knows very much about.” So begins the cult classic that brings mystery and magic to “that stuff that won’t come off your collar.”

John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Saint Phocas, Darwin, and Virgil parade through this thought-provoking work, taking their place next to the dung beetle, the compost heap, dowsing, historical farming, and the microscopic biota that till the soil. With fresh eyes and heartfelt reverence, William Bryant Logan variously observes, “There is glamour to the study of rock”; “The most mysterious place on Earth is right beneath our feet”; and “Dirt is the gift of each to all.”

Whether Logan is traversing the far reaches of the cosmos or plowing through our planet’s crust, his delightful, elegant, and surprisingly soulful meditations greatly enrich our concept of “dirt,” that substance from which we all arise and to which we all must return.

March 10   Wilderness World of John Muir  by John Muir  edited by Edwin Teale
As a conservationist, John Muir traveled through most of the American wilderness alone and on foot, without a gun or a sleeping bag. In 1903, while on a three-day camping trip with President Theodore Roosevelt, he convinced the president of the importance of a national conservation program, and he is widely recognized for saving the Grand Canyon and Arizona's Petrified Forest. Muir's writing, based on journals he kept throughout his life, gives our generation a picture of an America still wild and unsettled only one hundred years ago. In The Wildernesss World of John Muir Edwin Way Teale has selected the best of Muir's writing from all of his major works—including My First Summer in the Sierra and Travels in Alaska—to provide a singular collection that provides to be "magnificent, thrilling, exciting, breathtaking, and awe-inspiring" (Kirkus Reviews).

The Master Naturalist Book Club will be meeting at 6:30 this year in the same place…..Ag Science building on WVU Evansdale Campus  Room G138.  Parking is out front and there is a microwave available if anyone would need one.
Remember the change in time….6:30 on Thursday evenings

Content information from Amazon.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Coopers Rock Foundation offering volunteer hours Nov 7 & 8

This coming weekend will feature 13 hours of community service opportunities for interested volunteers at the State Forest with the Coopers Rock Foundation.  Saturday's hours will be from 9am-5pm and Sunday's are noon-5pm.  There will be free Halloween candy for all volunteers.
Trails to be worked upon may include: Roadside Trail, Advanced Ski Trail, Rock City Trail, and the brand new Reservoir Loop Trail.
The meeting place for each day will be at the entrance to the day use parking lot, 1/4 mile from the I-68 Coopers Rock exit.

Morgantown Area Paddlers Lock and Dam Excursion

Twenty-two area kayakers went through the Morgantown Lock and Dam on October 31.

Winter Tree ID workshop in Preston County - Nov 17

Hello Everyone!
I hope you've been enjoying the beautiful colors of Autumn!
I wanted to let you know that there will be a  Winter Tree ID workshop in Preston County on November 17th.
Please contact Preston County Extension Agent, Bill at 304-329-1391 or email him at 
More details are posted on the WV Woodland Stewards page.
Hope to see you there!!
Take care,
Agnes Kedmenecz

Visit WV Woodland Stewards at:

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

How many kayaks can fit in the lock at one time?

Hi, All.

Below are the details for our Halloween Lockage this Saturday, October 31:

1.   Please plan on being in the water (in your boat that is!) near the downtown Morgantown boat ramp by 12:45 so that we can gather and start paddling toward the lock at 1:00 sharp. 

  • There are at over 25 boaters now, so I would suggest people can start arriving at noon, and enjoy paddling toward the Arboretum and about; just be back at the ramp by 12:45The ramp is at the very bottom of Walnut Street, to the right of Hazel Ruby McQuain Park.
  • Parking is very limited at the ramp (another reason to get there early), so we will be there to help get boats off cars and watch your things so you can go park.  Walnut Street garage is nearby, as well as the top lot at the corner of Chestnut and Pleasant Streets.  Please avoid the parking lots of businesses that are open and need them.

  • Gwen Jones, our bright lime green Dagger Zydeco paddler, will be signing people in so MAP can keep track of our outings.

  • I have attached the lockage instructions again.  PLEASE READ before Saturday.  Key – you must wear a life preserver to go through the lock (and when on the water, period).  Many folks will be new to lockages, but a number of us now have experience and will guide you.  Very gentle and easy!  Only a few boats will tie on, with the rest forming a raft, as our Facebook profile picture shows.

2.   Time-wise, once we complete our lockage to the top of the dam, enjoy paddling around toward Uffington.  You can decide when to turn around for the return lockage, but please do so with at least one other person so you don’t paddle alone.  Chris Linton (red Wilderness Systems kayak with flowers) will be out there guiding so that everyone going back through the lock will have done that well before the lock closes at 3:00.
3.   Saturday's weather just keeps getting better!  High is predicted to be in mid 60's, warming up from a cool night, so wear layers.  I always bring a rain parka along just in case of rain or wind, although chance of rain is very low (like 0% as of this morning!).

4.   I’d suggest bringing a snack and drink.  After our paddle, please consider eating somewhere downtown, and let them know you are there as a MAPer.  I am always interested in our supporting local businesses, and we may need their help in the future.

If you decide at the last minute to show up, please come!  Encourage your friends!  We have a photographer coming, and possibly press.  Let’s enjoy our first major MAP event!  Response has been awesome!  If you have any questions, email or give me a call at 304-685-5270
THANK YOU ALL, and MOTHER NATURE, for making this a success!

Cheers, fellow paddlers!  Hope to see some of you this week, and even more on Saturday.

Mary Wimmer, Organizer
Morgantown Area Paddlers (MAP)
361 Laurel St.
Morgantown, WV  26505

Monday, October 26, 2015

Morgantown Green Team hosts FORUM on Morgantown Water

Morgantown Green Team hosts FORUM on Morgantown Water
Next Thursday, October 29, Morgantown area residents are invited to participate in a community forum called “How Clean Is Morgantown’s Water and How Can We Keep It That Way?”
The forum takes place at the Morgantown Public Library from 6:00pm7:30pm (373 Spruce Street). Parking is available across the street.
Organized by the Morgantown Green Team as part of its Green Nights at the Library, a third forum series will cover recycling on Tuesday, November 10.
For more information, contact Pam Cubberly at 703-463-7643.

Friday, October 23, 2015

State Trees Walk with Jon Weems at WVBG - Oct 25

***Sunday October 25 at 2 pm - State Trees and Fun Facts Walk
Enjoy and learn about autumnal changes on a walk focusing on lore of official state trees. Jon Weems will lead a leisurely walk.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Saw-whet Owl Banding at Valley Falls State Park

Saw-whet Owl Banding at Valley Falls State Park
Saw-whet owl migration is occurring and a banding station will be in place the evening of Oct 30, 31 and Nov 6, 7 at Valley Falls State Park.  Experience begins at 8:30 p.m. Joey Herron conducts this program. Email in advance for meeting location.
Consider staying at Tygart Lake State Park Lodge near Grafton. The Boston Beanery operates the restaurant. The food is great! Make it a weekend and enjoy the Fairmont/Grafton area.
Banding info contact:
Learn about Tygart Lake accommodations

Mountaineer Audubon Bird Walk Oct 17

Oct. 17—Decker’s Creek Trail/Rehe Wildlife Management Area, Reedsville. 8:00 am at the Decker’s Creek Trail parking lot on Route 92 about 0.3 mile south of Route 7 intersection. Leader: David Daniels.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hike to remember Mason-Dixon's end scheduled Oct. 18

Two-hundred and forty-eight years ago this month, the Mason and Dixon survey was halted by Native Americans about three miles southwest of Mount Morris, Pa.  This was about 22 miles short of the team's goal at the present-day southwest corner of Pennsylvania.
To commemorate this anniversary, an annual hike and historic program will be held at Mason-Dixon Historical Park,Buckeye Road, off W.Va. 7, near Core.  The hike to the third and last crossing of Dunkard Creek by Mason and Dixon will be held on Oct. 18.  Pete Zapadka of Cheat Lake, founder of the website, will lead the hike and talk.  Zapadka, a Pennsylvania native, is a retired journalist, historian and lifelong amateur astronomer.  He will guide participants along the banks of Dunkard Creek to the seldom-visted site.
The hike, weather permitting, covers easy terrain and is about 1 1/2 miles out and back.  Participants should gather by 10:30 am in the parking lot next to the park's red barn off Buckeye Road.  Info: 304-879-4101 or go to

BBC Headquarters Chapter Oct. Meeting

From Bill Beatty of the Brooks Bird Club:
To all,
The October meeting is on Tuesday the 20th at the Schrader Environmental Education Center in Oglebay Park.  Doors open at 6 pm...covered-dish supper at 6:30...meeting at 7:15...program at 8.  The program is, Birding Prairies and Potholes in North Dakota,  presented by Mary Grey.
All are welcome.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Moss Walk date changed

Because of the WVU homecoming events the Moss walk with Sue Studlar has been moved to SUNDAY 10/11 at 2 p.m..  Please bring your hand lens and something to write with.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Oct 10 - Locust Spring & Buck Run Day Hike, Laurel Fork Trail System

***Saturday, Oct 10
Locust Spring & Buck Run Day Hike, Laurel Fork Trail System
Rated easy to moderate - Join us for this leisurely hike to the Laurel Fork River.  The hike is approximately 6 miles and will take 3-4 hours.  We will be using Buck Run & Locust Spring Run Trails in the Laurel Fork Trail System.  The trails are easy to moderate using old railroad grades.  There will be several small stream crossings. We will stop by the Laurel Fork River for lunch/snack and to enjoy the scenery.  Conservation topic:  Leave No Trace.  Participants should be able to hike a moderate rated trail and be able to rock hop small streams.  Beginners are welcome.  Please dress for  weather;  bring drinking water and wear sturdy footwear.  There is a vault toilet at the trail head.  We will meet at the Locust Springs picnic area on Forest Road 142 off Rt 28, between Cherry Groove and Thornwood WV.  Sign-up required.
Leader: Brent Carminati, or 703-999-8679
Nearest "city":  Thornwood, WV

Oct 10 Day hike at Valley Falls State Park

***Saturday October 10 Day hike at Valley Falls State Park
Rated moderate to strenuous
Join us for this 7 mile hike at Valley Falls state Park. We will do a loop through the park and stop to see the waterfalls along the way. There are steep , rocky sections that can be difficult. Sturdy waterproof footwear is highly recommended. Contact leader for start time and rendezvous location. Leader: Aaron Vedock, 540-805-0019 or Web info:

Monday, September 28, 2015

Note from Ellen for October events

We wind the season down with a busy month.
Oct. 1 Thursday 6 pm at the Ag Sci Bldg. Rm. 1030 Botanical Art with Jeanne Perrier. Counts as Recording and Preserving core course.  Need a hand lens.
Oct. 8. Sheldon Owen - Mammals.  Same place as above
Oct. 10. SaturdayMosses, lichens, etc. at the WV Botanic Garden 2:00 pm -4:00pm with Sue Studlar.  We will be walking most of that time.  Bring hand lens!
Oct. 15. Fish. Ross Andrew from the WVU Fisheries program will meet with us at the Ag. Sci. Bldg. at 6 pm
Oct. 22 At the Ag Sci Bldg. Sheldon will tell us about Bats and Caves. Same room, same time
Oct 24.  We finish the year this Saturday, at the Westvaco Natural Resources Bldg. in the WVU University Forest we will be doing orienteering with Ray Frear and Sheldon Owen from 10-3.  Lunch at noon is  pot-luck so bring a dish of something - enough for 8 is a good way to estimate the amount.  We will be saying thanks to our many volunteer faculty who do this each year for us.  If you have a compass bring it too.

Friday, September 25, 2015

WVBG Moss, Lichen, and Fern Walk

West Virginia Botanic Garden Moss Lichen and Fern Walk @ West Virginia Botanic Garden
September 27 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

WVU Core Arboretum Bird Walk

Oct. 3— Core Arboretum, Morgantown. 8:00 am at Arboretum parking lot on Monongahela Boulevard. Leader: Zach Fowler.

Tygart Lake State Park Fall Bird Migration Banding & Survey Weekend

Oct. 2-4—Tygart Lake State Park Fall Bird Migration Banding & Survey Weekend. Saturday and Sunday mornings join birder Joey Herron as he bands various breeding and migrating birds of West Virginia. Learn to identify birds by both sight and sound! One of WV’s popular birding weekends that attracts visitors from across the United States to see bird species in the Tygart Lake area. Sponsored by the park. Lodging available at Tygart Lake Lodge during the weekend; ask for the 'birders' discount of 20% off standard rates. Contact: 304-265-6144.

Mountaineer Audubon Bird Walk

Sep. 26—Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont. 8:00 am at rail trail parking lot next to fort. Leader: Joey Herron.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Discover Life WV

I am reaching out to inform you of the BioBlitz occurring on Saturday, October 17 at Coopers Rock State Forest. I am a graduate student of Dave Smaldone's and we, along with other students and faculty at WVU, the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, the West Virginia Division of Forestry, West Virginia State Parks, and Coopers Rock Foundation are hosting the third "Discover Life in West Virginia" day. We want to encourage the local citizens to participation in this fun and hands-on research-based education activity that will help us discover and learn more about the natural resources at Coopers Rock State Forest. It will focus on birds, amphibians, and plants to name a few. If you or any other Master Naturalists would be interested in joining us, please let me know and I will be happy to send you more information on the day and our flyer. I look forward to hearing from you!

Rachel Harris
West Virginia University
Master of Natural Resources and Extension Candidate

Friday, September 11, 2015


West Virginia Botanic Garden
Children can enjoy
crafts and build fairy houses.
Seasonal snacks will be available.
Botanic Garden merchandise
and items for children will be
available for sale.
Special guests including furry and feathered friends!
3:00 p.m.
1061 Tyrone Road
Morgantown, W V
2015 3 Free + Open to the Public
Donations appreciated
Sponsored by the Kiwanis Foundation of Morgantown
For more information and directions to the Garden, please go to
Carpooling is encouraged or ride Mountain Line. You can also order spring bulbs as
a fundraiser for the Garden from the website.

WVBG plans walks for fall

If you want to learn about trees, come to the walk at 2 pm, Oct 25, which will focus on state trees and fun facts about them.  It will be the last walk of the season.

Before the season comes to an end, there are several other events. 
On Sept 19, there will be a Bird Day event from 8 am - noon.
On Sept 20, there will be a fall mushroom walk.
At 2 pm, Sept 27, there will be a walk to learn about moss, lichen, and ferns.
The Fall Children's Festival will be from noon - 3 pm, Oct 3.

All of these activities are free.  Visit for more information.

Mountaineer Audubon Bird Field Trip

Mountaineer Mall near water tower, Greenbag Road, Morgantown, WV.  Allegheny Front Migration Observatory bird banding station, Dolly Sods.  Trip takes 2+ hours so arrival back in Morgantown will be midafternoon.  September 12 @ 6:30 am - 2:00 pm

Friday, August 28, 2015

September class schedule

We take a break for Labor Day then back to work.
Sept. 10 we meet at Dorsey's Knob at 7 pm for a class on moths by John Boback;
Sept 17 & 24 are the presentations by the class members;
Oct. 1 Ann Payne will teach us about observation via Botanical Art. This counts toward Recording and Preserving.
All classes are in South AG. SCi. 1030. at 6 pm

WV Botanic Garden Work Day - Saturday, Aug 29

Hello WV Botanic Garden volunteers!

This is a reminder that we will have our monthly volunteer work day this Saturday, August 29, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and lasting until around noon.  The main project will be invasive plant removal.  George has identified several different species that need to be removed from a few different areas of the site.  Please meet in the lower parking area at 9:00 and remember to sign in and out on the volunteer sign-in sheet.  Wear comfortable clothing (you may want long sleeves and pants to avoid scratches in some areas) and appropriate footwear.  You can also bring work gloves if you prefer, but they will not be necessary.  Also a good idea to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.

You don't need to RSVP, but George does appreciate knowing who and how many to expect ahead of time, so if you plan to attend, you can reach him at

Also, we are now in full swing with our Fall Children's Festival planning.  If you are interested in helping with this and are not already on my event list (if you are you have already gotten several emails from me), please contact me ASAP and we'll get you in the loop!

Thanks everyone and have a wonderful weekend,


Erin Smaldone
Volunteer Coordinator & Education Director
West Virginia Botanic Garden

Come Grow With Us!

BBQ in the Woods

Sunday, September 13, 2015
Between the hours of noon - 4pm
The Walnut Farm
(located above Elizabeth's Woods)
1978 Smithtown Road
Morgantown, WV
Optional hikes will be available
at 1pm & 3pm
to Elizabeth's Wood Nature Preserve
(owned and managed by WVLT)
We ask a $10 donation per person,
to help cover the costs of this event.
Please RSVP on or before September 1st,
by calling (304) 413-0945

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NPR wants to help you decode animal sounds

NPR wants to help you decode the sounds of animals in your backyard.
Wondering what kind of bird delivers your early morning wakeup call? Or which frogs are croaking and lurking in your pond? Use your smartphone or a tape recorder to capture the sounds (at least 15 seconds) of the mysterious creatures in your backyard and send the audio file to with the subject line "Decoding Nature." We’ve enlisted the help of researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help decode the sounds in your recordings and identify the creatures. Make sure to include your full name and where you live in your email. And if you’d like, share your best guess as to the identity of your mysterious, noisy neighbor.

August walks at WVBG

West Virginia Botanic Garden events at 1061 Tyrone Rd, Morgantown
More info at or contact or 304-216-8704

***Saturday August 8 at10:30 am- Insect Walk. Join Sue Olcott, WVDNR biologist as we go in search of winged wonders. Walk is dependent on hot and dry weather.

***Saturday August 22 at 10 am -- Wildflower Walk. Ellen Hrabovsky will lead a walk to identify wildflowers. Bring a wildflower guide if you have one.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Joe Hartman

It is with great sadness that I note the passing of Joe Hartman on Saturday, July 18, at his home.  Joe was the husband of Erin Hartman (MN class of 2012).  There will be no visitation.  A celebration of his life will be held in the near future. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

WVBG Volunteer Work Day Saturday, July 18, 9am-noon

Hello everyone,

There will be a volunteer work day at the WV Botanic Garden this Saturday, July 18 beginning at 9:00 a.m. and going until about noon.  The main project will be pulling Japanese stilt grass, an invasive species that needs to be removed in order to protect native plants on the site.  The work is easy pulling.  You may wish to bring work/gardening gloves if you have them.  Dress for the weather and bring water to drink.

It would be helpful to let George Longenecker know if you plan to attend (



Erin Smaldone
Volunteer Coordinator & Education Director
West Virginia Botanic Garden

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Attention Photographers

There is a citizen scientist project to map bumble bees.  The project is out of Canada, but is mapping the entire North American continent.  All you need to do it to sign up, snap pictures of bumble bees, and upload them to Bumble Bee Watch using their online form.  There are guides to help you identify your bumble bee, but they also have a team of experts who will verify your sightings.  This is a perfect opportunity to hone your photography skill while helping bumble bees.  Their online site offers tips for taking pictures.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Trail Work at Marilla Park - July 23 & 30

***Thursday, July 23 and Thursday July 30 Trail Work at Marilla Park

Join the BoPARC Junior Employee Development program kids and Rick Landenberger as they work on the Marilla Park trails. Contact  Rick Landenberger if you are interested in participating. Rick Landenberger, - 304-692-6172.

Monday, June 29, 2015

WVBG Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk July 18

***Saturday July 18 @ 10 am: Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk with
Herbalist Jen-Osha Buysse
More info at or contact Erin@wvbg,org or 304-216-8704

Volunteer Opportunity at Coopers Rock - July 11

***Sat, July 11 Adopt-A-Trail Service: Coopers Rock
rated easy -- This will be the summer trail clean-up on our "adopted" Intermediate Cross-Country Ski Trail and loop for 1.25 miles at Coopers Rock State Forest. Much of the work will be cutting back vegetation, cleaning out and restoring drainage ditches/culverts and general trail clearing. We'll have time to ID trees along the way. Some moderate-intensity work will be necessary, using shovels, rakes and pruners and moving reasonably sized rocks. Anything requiring power tools or heavy lifting is deferred to the Forest Superintendent. Volunteers should wear sturdy boots and work gloves and carry water and snacks. Contact leader for more details.
Leader: Ann Devine-King, 304-594-2636,
Nearest town: Morgantown, WV
Web info:;

Friday, June 12, 2015

For this weekend from Rick Landenberger

Two things: 1.) There is a volunteer trail maintenance day this Saturday at Elizabeth’s Woods Nature Preserve south of Morgantown. We will work from 10 AM until 4 PM on the lower loop trail. Please consider coming out to help build the trail system at Morgantown’s newest public green space. Contact me if you are planning to come so that I will have enough tools.  And 2.) there is a Green Space Coalition meeting next Thursday (6/18) at noon at the downtown Black Bear. Send me any agenda items, and I’ll send out a draft agenda early next week.

If anyone is interested in paddling a section of the Cheat on Sunday (water willing) feel free to join us. We’ll try for the stretch between St. George and the Seven Islands. Cross your fingers for rain!

Rick Landenberger <>

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Learn About Plants at Botanic Garden

Learn about plants at the West Virginia Botanic Garden 2pm, Sunday, June 7, with botanist Cindy Huebner.  That Garden is at 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown.  Park in the lower lot and gather at the information kiosk.  All walks are free to the public.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Volunteers needed for the 25th Celebration of the Outdoors

The Coopers Rock Foundation is holding the 25th Celebration of the Outdoors on Saturday, June 20th.  We usually need volunteers to hand out programs and assist at craft tables. 
Please spread the word to the MNs and those interested should contact Gwen Jones. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Garlic Mustard Pull at Arboretum

The 2015 season officially ended this past Tuesday.  Jon was happy with our efforts.  Carol Nix took this picture at the end of the workday on Monday. Pictured are Randy Kesling, Jon Weems, me, and Don Keener. 

Kayak with Mussels

Join us for an EPIC Adventure!
 Kayak with Mussels

Date:  May 30
Time:  10am - 5pm
Location:  Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge (Williamstown, WV)
Cost:  $25
Description:  Tour a mussel rearing facility at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, kayak around Buckley Island, and receive mussel education with Patty Morrison, USFWS Refuge Biologist.  
Scattered along 362 miles of the Ohio River, the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge restores and protects habitat for wildlife in one of our nation's busiest inland waterways.
Freshwater mussels act like little water-filtration pumps on the bottom of the river.  Just by feeding, they clean the water.  Forty species of freshwater mussels occur on the refuge, including the endangered pink mucket and the fanshell.  Freshwater mussels are among the nation's most imperiled wildlife.  The refuge's underwater sand and gravel deposits provide vital mussel habitat.
The invasion of the Ohio River by non-native zebra mussels threatens native mussel survival.  The refuge is working with partners to conserve native mussels throughout the Ohio River watershed. 

EPIC (Engaging Professionals In Conservation) is a great opportunity to get involved with the WV Land Trust, venture outdoors, make new friends, and learn how YOU can help keep West Virginia wild and wonderful!  In addition to learning more about land conservation, our leaders will provide guidance and basic instruction so that you can engage in similar outings on your own or with friends.

Questions about EPIC?  



Upcoming events:

EPIC Adventures
(monthly outings)

West Virginia Land Trust
Charleston Office:  304-346-7788          Morgantown Office:  304-413-0945

Monday, May 11, 2015

Volunteers needed for wildyard plantings at Eastwood and Cheat Lake Elementary

I wanted to touch base with you all about a project we are trying to wrap up.  I am not sure if Doug spoke to you all about this before he left, but we are working with Eastwood and Cheat Lake Elem. schools doing wildyard plantings on their property.  The principal from Eastwood has gotten back to me with some dates and I wanted to see if any of you would be able to lend a hand.  I will no longer be here then, but I am planning to help finish up this project.  The dates that they sent over to me are:

May 26
May 28
June 1
June 2
June 3
June 8
If any of any of you could lend a hand we would really appreciate it.  If you don't mind replying with a date that you are available (if any)  Thank you so much for all that you do, and we really do appreciate all of your hard work at the OLP!


Suzanne Moore
Executive Director
Friends of Deckers Creek
PO Box 877
Dellslow, WV 26531