Tuesday, March 31, 2015

West Virginia Climate History Project



Phenology is the schedule nature follows, and, as it turns out, nature tends to be punctual and well-coordinated. The timing of ecological cycles is often precise, interdependent, and carefully evolved in order for an organism to achieve the greatest benefit. The dominant force driving phenology is climate. Worldwide trends reveal shifts in cyclic events occur in response to climate change.

The West Virginia University Natural History Museum (wvnaturalhistory.wvu.edu) is collecting valuable phenological information for the West Virginia Climate History Project. Our goal is to compile historic and current West Virginia phenological conditions to develop a standard to compare and develop future observations as both a natural history study and as contribution in climate change research. Ultimately, we intend to generate a spatially-explicit database to use in an up-to-date citizen-science phenology program for schools, groups, and interested individuals to help spark awareness of phenology and the ramifications of climate change.

The project requires assistance in obtaining information. While ideal data sources include diaries from observers with an interest in natural science, records from field stations, archives from bird and game associations, or any sort of relevant data can be used. All contributors will be accurately and explicitly credited for their data.

Guidelines for Data Submission:
      We will take data in any form, be it an old diary or digital database
      Species Details
      Dates (Any time – ranging from over 100 years ago to the present)
      Locations (e.g. town, county, coordinates, elevation)
      Restricted to West Virginia and bordering counties
      Event Descriptions (e.g. flowering, breeding, migration)

If you think you or someone you know may be able to help us with this project in any way, including having access to desired data or networks, or if you are simply curious about the project or the topic of phenology and have some questions, please contact Lori Petrauski at lmpetrauski@mix.wvu.edu, the WVU Wildlife and Fisheries Resources graduate student working on this research project.

(Note that this record keeping may count toward your volunteer hours.  Check with your chapter coordinator.)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Stream Restoration Needs and Approaches Seminar - April 8, WVU

***Wednesday April 8 at 4:30 pm in Percival Hall, WVU
Melinda Daniels will speak on "Stream Restoration Needs and Approaches -- Identifying the Real Problems and Applying the Right Tools from the Restoration Toolbox," at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in 334 Percival Hall. Daniels is an associate research scientist at the Stroud Water Research Center in Avondale, Pa. Her research program focuses on the fluvial geomorphology, hydrology and stream ecosystem ecology of natural and human-modified river systems. Her interests include river restoration, watershed management and stream ecosystem science.
The seminar series is supported by the Anderson Faculty Enrichment Fund. All seminars are free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. There are opportunities to interact with the speakers before and after seminars. Please contact Jim Anderson (304)293-3825 or Jim.Anderson@mail.wvu.edu for additional information.

Friday, March 27, 2015

2015 WV Mine Drainage Task Force Symposium Mar 31-Apr 1

The West Virginia Mine Drainage Task Force was formed in 1978 and assigned to investigate the acid mine drainage (AMD) problem associated with surface mining in central West Virginia. Since then, the Task Force has broadened its scope to include areas outside of West Virginia with AMD problems.
Task Force members represent the coal mining industry, regulators, private consultants, and scientists. The objectives of the Task Force are to keep current on new developments in AMD research, AMD treatment and control practices, and to present this information at annual symposia. Task Force Symposia have been held every year since 1980.
For more information or to attend the Symposium, please contact Jeff Skousen at 304-293-2667 or emailing JSkousen@wvu.edu.  The Symposium is being held at the Ramada Inn in Morgantown.  More information about the Task Force can be found at http://wvmdtaskforce.com/symposium/index.cfm

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Banff Mountain Film Festival returns April 3

The Banff Mountain Film Festival world tour will return for its 11th year to Morgantown, at 7pm, April 3 at the Metropolitan Theatre.  Tickets are available at Pathfinder of WV, 235 High St.  Info: 304-296-0076; pathfinderwv.com; info@pathfinderwv.com.  Tickets cost $16 in advance ($13 for students) or $19 ($16 for students) after 6pm at the door.
For more info, film clips, directions and to see the Banff trailer, visit chestnutmtnproductions.com/banff-film-festival/west-virginia/morgantown/.

Wildflower Walks at the WVU Core Arboretum

Reminder that there are free wildflower walks at the Core Arboretum beginning at 2:00 on the last three Sundays in April. This is a Morgantown tradition dating back over 50 years. 2015 dates are April 12, 19, and 26. The Virginia bluebells should be blooming abundantly around April 19.

Jon Weems

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sierra Club will lead trail cleanup April 11

The Sierra Club will lead a trail cleanup at Coopers Rock State Forest on April 11, along a 1.25-mile loop.
Volunteers seeking community service hours are encouraged to participate.
Most of the work will involve clearing out and restoring drainage ditches and culverts clogged from the winter and general trail clearing.  The work will be light, with occasional moderate intensity.  Any work that requires power tools or heaving lifting will be deferred to the forest superintendent.
Participants should bring work gloves, water and a snack, and dress of the weather.  Some tools will be provided.
Info: Ann Devine-King, at 304-594-2636, or atdking@gmail.com.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Composting 101: Make Waste Work for You!

March 26th - Get ready to garden this spring by making your compost pile!  In this free workshop, Sandra Cress of the Sierra Club will demonstrate the basics, answer all questions, and let you get your hands in the soil, demonstrating techniques and delving into less usual approaches, including worm bins.  Bring a pair of garden gloves!  For more information, contact Pamela Cubberly (pamela@cubberly.net).

2015 State Master Naturalists Meeting

The information has been posted on the state website, MNofWV.org.  We are waiting on the DNR for the registration form which should be posted shortly.  Take a minute now to check out of the state website to find the schedule of courses, plus information about the courses and the instructors, as well as links to hotels and restaurants.  Hope to see everyone in Elkins, June 12-14.

Bird walks reminders for March

All walks are free and will be on Saturdays except as noted. They will only be canceled for extremely inclement weather. Bring binoculars and dress appropriately for the weather. Included are a few sponsored by other area organizations. For more information, contact Terry Bronson, bronsonwv@gmail.com or 304-225-0999.

Mar. 21—Waterfowl trip, Cheat Lake.  8:00 am at Ruby and Ketchy’s Restaurant on Route 857 east of Cheat Lake.  7:00 am if you’d like breakfast first. Leader: Derek Courtney.

Mar. 27  (Friday)—Evening Woodcock/Owl walk, West Virginia Botanic Garden, Morgantown. 7:30 pm at lower parking lot on Tyrone Road. Leader: Terry Bronson.   Sponsored by WVNG.

Friday, March 13, 2015

22nd Annual Wild Game Dinner

The 22nd Annual Wild Game Dinner will take place on Saturday, April 11, from 6 to 9pm at the Clinton District Volunteer Fire Station. This event is an annual fundraiser for the West Virginia University student chapters of The Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society. The all-you-can-eat style dinner features homemade wild game and fish dishes. We will have a silent auction, raffle prizes from local businesses, and live music by Dan Cunningham. Tickets are $10 pre-sale or $15 at the door. To reserve a pre-sale ticket, you can email wvufisheries@gmail.com.

I would be happy to answer any other questions that you may have. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
Hannah Clipp
TWS Secretary
 hlclipp@mix.wvu.edu

Morgantown Volunteer Opportunity April 11

Statewide Make it Shine Cleanup

Friends of Deckers Creek is participating in the statewide Make it 
Shine Cleanup.  We will focus our efforts on the Outdoor Learning 
Park, the rail-trail and do some in-stream cleaning as well.  Bags and
gloves will be provided.

When: Saturday, April 11th at 9:30am

Where: Meet at the FODC office

Our office is located in Sabraton, just beside the Wendy's and around
the back of the building.  (Same building as Rent a Center and US
Cellular)  If you have any questions please call 304-292-3970 or

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Volunteers Needed for Riparian Tree Planting Apr 6-9

What: Riparian Tree Planting
Where: Abes Run, Monongahela National Forest near Bartow, WV
When: Monday April 6th through Thursday April 9th, 2015

Trout Unlimited needs volunteers to help with a riparian tree restoration on Abes Run near Bartow, WV. Help is needed to plant 3000 trees along Abes Run to provide shade and reduce summertime water temperatures. The planting will take place April 6th through April 9th. Volunteers need to be prepared for a full day of working outside digging holes and planting trees ranging in size from red spruce plugs to 6ft ball stock. Lunch and equipment will be provided, please bring appropriate footwear for digging holes and being in a wet and muddy area. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Travis Ferry at 304-614-6699 or tferry@tu.org for more information.




WV-VA WATER QUALITY MONITORING PROGRAM

WV-VA WATER QUALITY MONITORING PROGRAM


TU and its West Virginia and Virginia Councils are partnering with the West Virginia Rivers Coalition (WVRC) to train volunteers to monitor coldwater resources that have the potential to be impacted by shale gas development.

The goals of this workshop are twofold. First, to educate volunteers about the potential impacts to fish and wildlife resources in the shale gas region of West Virginia and Virginia and second train volunteers to effectively monitor the water quality in these areas. TU and WVRC will work with these trained volunteers to conduct water quality monitoring in priority watersheds that have been identified by WVRC and TU’s science team as critical for protecting ecologically significant lands and waters.

Trout Unlimited’s (TU) West Virginia and Virginia Water Quality Monitoring Program is a partnership between Trout Unlimited, the West Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited, the Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited, the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, and the program is made possible by funding from the Appalachian Stewardship Foundation and the WV Department of Environmental Protection.

Date: Saturday March 14th, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM—4:00 PM
Location: Elkins, WV
Please pre-register for the event by contacting the Eastern Shale Gas Monitoring Coordinator, Jake Lemon at 814-779-3965 or jlemon@tu.org by Tuesday March 10, 2015. Directions to the training session and an agenda will be provided the week of the training


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SPRING 2015 BIRD WALKS MORGANTOWN AREA

SPRING 2015 BIRD WALKS

All walks are free and will be on Saturdays except as noted. They will only be canceled for extremely inclement weather. Bring binoculars and dress appropriately for the weather. Included are a few sponsored by other area organizations. For more information, contact Terry Bronson, bronsonwv@gmail.com or 304-225-0999.

Mar. 21—Waterfowl trip, Cheat Lake.  8:00 am at Ruby and Ketchy’s Restaurant on Route 857 east of Cheat Lake.  7:00 am if you’d like breakfast first. Leader: Derek Courtney.

Mar. 27  (Friday)—Evening Woodcock/Owl walk, West Virginia Botanic Garden, Morgantown. 7:30 pm at lower parking lot on Tyrone Road. Leader: Terry Bronson.   Sponsored by WVNG.

Apr. 4—Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area, Barbour County. 8:00 am at first parking lot on Upper Pleasant Creek Road west of Routes 119/250. For those coming from Morgantown, meet at 7:00 am at Mountaineer Mall near the water tower. Leaders: Joe Hildreth and Terry Bronson.

Apr. 11—Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Geneva, PA.  7:30 am at side of Kroger Store in Suncrest Town Center or 8:00 am at trail parking lot along entrance road to Friendship Hill. Leader: Terry Bronson

Apr. 18—Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont. 8:00 am at rail trail parking lot next to fort. Leader: Sue Olcott. Sponsored by WV DNR and the Park.

Apr. 21 (Tuesday)—Core Arboretum, Morgantown.  7:30 am at Arboretum parking lot on Monongahela Boulevard. Leader: Terry Bronson or guest leader. Sponsored by Arboretum.

Apr. 25—West Virginia Botanic Garden, Morgantown. 7:30 am at lower parking lot on Tyrone Road. Leader: Terry Bronson.   Sponsored by Garden.

Apr. 25—Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont.  8:00 am at rail trail parking lot next to fort. Leader: Sue Olcott. Sponsored by WV DNR and the Park.

Apr. 28 (Tuesday)—Core Arboretum, Morgantown.  7:30 am at Arboretum parking lot on Monongahela Boulevard. Leader: John Boback. Sponsored by Arboretum.

May 2—Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont.  8:00 am at rail trail parking lot next to fort. Leader: Sue Olcott. Sponsored by WV DNR and the Park.

May 5 (Tuesday)—Core Arboretum, Morgantown.  7:30 am at Arboretum parking lot on Monongahela Boulevard.  Leader:Terry Bronson or guest leader. Sponsored by Arboretum.

May 9—Cooper’s Rock State Forest, Morgantown Migratory Bird Day.  7:30 am at Raven Rock Trail parking lot.  Leaders: Terry Bronson and Derek Courtney . Sponsored by Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia.

May 12 (Tuesday)—Core Arboretum, Morgantown.  7:30 am at Arboretum parking lot on Monongahela Boulevard. Leader: Terry Bronson or guest leader. Sponsored by Arboretum.

May 16—Dorsey’s Knob Park, Morgantown.  8:00 am at mosaic wall parking area. Leader: John Boback.

May 19 (Tuesday)—Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area, Barbour County.  8:00 am at first parking lot on Upper Pleasant Creek Road west of Routes 119/250. For those coming from Morgantown, meet at 7:00 am at Mountaineer Mall near the water tower. Leaders: Joe Hildreth and Terry Bronson.

May 23—Rehe Wildlife Management Area, Arthurdale.  8:00 am at Decker’s Creek Trail parking lot where trail crosses Route 92 just south of Reedsville. Leader: David Daniels.