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