Tuesday, December 27, 2016

New Year's Day Hike at Coopers Rock

Greetings fellow hikers.  I hope you are enjoying the holiday season.  Here's a hike for New Year's Day.  Let me know if you plan to attend.  Thanks.  Ann

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  • Coopers Rock State Forest

    Rr 1 Box 270, Morgantown, WV (edit map)
  • Cooper's Rock State Forest Day Use Parking Lot
  • Jan 1, 2017, sleep late New Year's Day, then come out to Cooper's Rock State Forest for a First Day Hike. 
    Start: Noon
    Place:  Day Use Parking lot, Cooper's Rock State Forest
    Description:  Out and back hike along  the Roadside Trail to the Overlook for 6.5 miles, optional side trip around the reservoir.  Afterwards, warm up around the Day Use Parking Lot fire ring and enjoy hot chocolate/tea/snack. 
    Hiking time:  Approximately 3 hours.
    Difficulty: Easy but could be moderate, depending on trail conditions.
    Equipment:  Besides the obvious of "dress for the weather", remember warm boots with good traction, traks or similar cleats may be helpful in ice and slick conditions, walking poles add more stability.  Consider bringing a warm (non-alcoholic) drink for sharing around the fire ring.  Sorry, no pets this outing.
    Minors (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian, or they must have both 1) a signed permission slip, and 2) the leader’s prior consent to participate .
    Please preregister with leader:  Ann Devine-King at atdking@gmail.com or 304-594-2636
    Links at  http://www.coopersrockstateforest.com/ and http://westvirginia.sierraclub.org/ and coopersrock.org and meetup.com

Sunday, December 11, 2016

MN Bookclub Jan 12 Selection


From Amazon in praise of "The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World" by Andrea Wulf

NATIONAL BEST SELLER

One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The James Wright Award for Nature Writing, the Costa Biography Award, the Royal Geographic Society's Ness Award, the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award

Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Royal Society Science Book Prize, the Kirkus Prize Prize for Nonfiction, the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award


A Best Book of the Year: The New York Times, The Atlantic, The EconomistNatureJezebelKirkus ReviewsPublishers WeeklyNew ScientistThe IndependentThe TelegraphThe Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, The Spectator

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was the most famous scientist of his age, a visionary German naturalist and polymath whose discoveries forever changed the way we understand the natural world. Among his most revolutionary ideas was a radical conception of nature as a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. In North America, Humboldt’s name still graces towns, counties, parks, bays, lakes, mountains, and a river. And yet the man has been all but forgotten. 

In this illuminating biography, Andrea Wulf brings Humboldt’s extraordinary life back into focus: his prediction of human-induced climate change; his daring expeditions to the highest peaks of South America and to the anthrax-infected steppes of Siberia; his relationships with iconic figures, including Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson; and the lasting influence of his writings on Darwin, Wordsworth, Goethe, Muir, Thoreau, and many others. Brilliantly researched and stunningly written, The Invention of Nature reveals the myriad ways in which Humboldt’s ideas form the foundation of modern environmentalism—and reminds us why they are as prescient and vital as ever.

New Years Day - first Hike

Seasons greeting to all.
We have a fun activity coming on January 1, a Sunday. How about a first day hike and lunch at the WV Botanic Garden. Arriving 11:30 - noon. I have the ok to use the Welcome Center as the hub of our activities. It is a great opportunity for us  Master Naturalists to get together and introduce others to our program.  So, we need you to let friends and family who may be interested in the program know about this open house opportunity. 
Also, we are keeping the food simple - finger food, leftovers cookies and such from the holidays and anything else that you wish to bring.  The Welcome Center has kitchen facilities! 
The trails are great for hiking. We have simple trails for those who like to stroll and some more challenging trails for the more adventurous. Those trails require crossing the creek at least once so wear appropriate boots. We look forward to seeing lots of you!!! any questions let me know.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area Hike

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area
Day Hike, West Virginia Sierra Club

Acquired in 1996 by the State of WV, the SHWMA is across the Cheat River Gorge from Cooper Rock State Forest.   This 4.5  mile loop hike is rated moderate "plus" intensity with elevation changes that connect with several scenic views including Table Rock, Cheat View, and several lesser known views along Snake Hill's canyon rim.  Trail conditions vary from poorly established with vegetation overgrowth, rocky under footing and blow downs, to clearly established paths and gas well roads.  Recent logging from the DNR will be evident.  Hiking boots with good tread and hiking poles recommended.  Preregister with the leader.

Leader:  Ann Devine-King, 304-594-2636 atdking@gmail.com
Nearest city:  Morgantown, WV

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Master Naturalist Book Club Full List

Hi everyone.  We have completed selections for this winter's books (with correct spelling)
 
Dec. 8   "Summer World" by Bernrd Heinrich
Jan. 12  "The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt" New World" by Andrea Wulf
Feb.9     "Grandma Gatewood's Walk" by Ben Montgomery
Mar. 9    "I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes within us and a Grander View of Life" by Ed Yong
 
We will meet at 6:00pm in the conference room on the ground floor of the South Ag. Sci. Bldg.  Plenty of parking!  Please join us. Come even if you have not finished the book.  We always have a stimulating discussion and we hope that these selections will introduce you to new ideas.
See you there!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Master Naturalist Book Club

The first book of the season has been selected.  It is "Summer World: A Season of Bounty" by Bernd Heinrich.  Heinrich has been called one of the greatest living naturalist of our time.

Amazon.com Review

Book Description In Summer World: A Season of Bounty, Bernd Heinrich brings us the same bottomless reserve of wonder and reverence for the teeming animal life of backwoods New England that he brought us in Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival. Now he is focusing on the animal kingdom in the extremes of the warmer months, with all its feeding, nesting, fighting, and mating.
Whether presenting disquisitions on ant wars, the predatory characteristics of wasps, the mating rituals of woodpeckers, or describing an encounter with a road full of wood frogs, Summer World never stops observing the beautifully complex interactions of animals and plants with nature, giving extraordinary depth to the relationships between habitat and the warming of the earth. How can cicadas survive—and thrive—at temperatures pushing 115°F? Do hummingbirds know what they're up against before they migrate over the Gulf of Mexico? Why do some trees stop growing taller even when three months of warm weather remain? With awe and unmatched expertise, Heinrich explores hundreds of questions like these.
Exquisitely illustrated with dozens of the author's own drawings, Summer World is Bernd Heinrich's most engaging book to date, a fascinating work from one of our very best science writers.

The club will be meeting on Thursday, Dec 8, at 6:00pm in the ground floor conference room of the Ag. Sci South Building on the Evansdale campus.  Contact Ellen Hrabovsky (ellen1121@comcast.net) for more information.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Adopt-a-Trail at Cooper's Rock this Saturday

Thanks if you've signed up for Sierra Club's Adopt-a-Trail at Cooper's Rock and if you haven't signed up, here comes some info. 
Emphasis this Saturday will be on replacing 2 planks on the bridges, clearing leaves and debris from drainage areas and widening the trail space under the power lines on the Intermediate X-C Ski Trail.  I'll bring the planks, hammer, drill and screws.  We will want rakes, long handled pruners and pointed shovels so bring what you have.  As usual, wear sturdy boots and have work gloves, water and snacks. Useful tools to bring are long handled pruners, rakes, pointed shovels. Adults and adolescents are invited to help and those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Volunteers will be required to sign a standard Sierra Club Liability Waiver ad a DNR Volunteer Work Program Agreement. Trail work is from 9-12:00 noon along a 1.25 mile loop that includes the Intermediate Cross Country Ski Trail.
Please contact me for directions and more info.

​Happy Trails​
Ann
atdking@gmail.com
Leader: Ann Devine-King
Nearest City: Morgantown, WV
Web info: coopersrock.org and www.coopersrockstateforest.com

Sunday, October 23, 2016

WVBG Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Program

***Sunday November 20, 2:00 p.m. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Program: The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid has decimated much of the eastern hemlock forests. Ellen Hrabovsky, local naturalist, will discuss the biology and the current status of this invasive pest as well as treatment methods. We will also visit our beautiful hemlocks stands, which have been treated. Most appropriate for adults and older children.

Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area Day Hike

***Sunday, December 4, 2016
Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area Day Hike
Acquired in 1996 by the State of WV, the SHWMA is across the Cheat River Gorge from Cooper Rock State Forest.   This 4.5  mile loop hike is rated moderate "plus" intensity with elevation changes that connect with several scenic views including
Table Rock, Cheat View, and several lesser known views along Snake Hill's canyon rim.  Trail conditions vary from poorly established with vegetation overgrowth, rocky under footing and blow downs, to clearly established paths and gas well roads.  Recent logging from the DNR will be evident.  Hiking boots with good tread and hiking pole recommended.  Preregister with the leader.

Leader:  Ann Devine-King, 304-594-2636 atdking@gmail.com
Nearest city:  Morgantown, WV
Web info:  www.coopersrock.org  and www.coopersrockstateforest.com/

Day Hike at North Bend State Park

***Saturday, November 19 10:00 AM
DAY HIKE NORTH BEND STATE PARK
 North Bend State Park, Overlook Trail. Meet at 1pm at the cabins beyond the park administration building and nature center. Easy/moderate level of difficulty. 1- to 2-hour duration, depending on group. All hikers welcome, from beginners to advanced. This 1.2-mile loop trail includes three elevation changes and a variety of ecosystem habitats, including pine forest, creek bed, mature forest, river, and rocky outcrops. Wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Questions? Contact trip leader Autumn Long, 304-796-4677, autumnlong11@gmail.com

Cooper's Rock Autumn Adopt-a-Trail Outing

***Saturday, November 12 at 10:00 AM
Cooper's Rock Autumn Adopt-a-Trail Service Outing Rated - easy hiking and easy to moderate work intensity Join the fun with the fall trail maintenance for Sierra Club's adopted Intermediate Cross Country Ski Trail Saturday, November 14 at Cooper's Rock South. Fall clean-up emphasizes clearing fallen leaves, drainage restoration and trail clearing along a 1.25 mile loop. Volunteers should wear sturdy boots, and carry work gloves, water, snacks . Useful tools to bring are long handled pruners, rakes, pointed shovels. Adults and adolescents are invited to help and those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian. Volunteers will be required to sign a standard Sierra Club Liability Waiver and a DNR Volunteer Work Program Agreement. Please pre-register with the leader. Leader: Ann Devine-King at 304-594-2636 or atdking@gmail.com.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Citizen Science Gathering Set for Sept. 24 in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is teaming with West Virginia University, Trout Unlimited, and several other advocacy groups to hold a Citizen Science gathering later this month in Morgantown. The event will be at the WVU College of Law on Sept. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include presentations and roundtable discussions about the applications of citizen science.

Citizen science, or “citsci,” involves the collection of environmental data by concerned citizens. This data can sometimes be used to shape environmental policy, but often there is confusion on the part of the citizens about best practices for collection and presentation of that data. The purpose of this gathering is to help eliminate some of that confusion.

“Citizen volunteers and monitors are the backbone of a good regulatory program,” said Wendy Radcliff, the DEP’s environmental advocate. “They care about their community and work hundreds of volunteer hours each year to preserve and protect it.”

Renowned coal mine safety expert Davitt McAteer will speak on the legal applications of citizen science, and there will be presentations from WVU’s Michael McCawley, Gretchen Gehrke of PublicLab.org, and Ryan Grode of the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project.

The registration fee for the gathering is $20, and the registration deadline is Sept. 18. To register or for more information, contact Diana Smith at 304-926-0499 ext. 1329 or diana.k.smith@wv.gov.

For more DEP news and information, go to www.dep.wv.gov. Also, be sure to connect with the agency on all social media platforms. Follow @DEPWV on Twitter and find us on YouTube by searching “Environment Matters.” For specific information about our REAP (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan), West Virginia Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), West Virginia Watershed Improvement Branch, Youth Environmental Program and Human Resources initiatives, connect on Facebook.

Contact:

Jake Glance
(304) 926-0499 ext. 1335
Jacob.P.Glance@wv.gov

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bird Day at WVBG - Saturday, Sept 17

WVBG Bird Day 2016

September 17, 8:00 a.m - noon
8:00-9:30 a.m.  Local birder John Boback will lead a fall bird walk. Bring your binoculars and field guide and walk the trails of the WVBG in search of local and migratory birds.
10:00-10:45 a.m.  The Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia will teach us about the wonderful world of raptors and bird rehabilitation with help from live birds.
11:00-noon  Mountaineer Audubon will deliver a slide presentation covering basic birding skills and identification of some species you may see this winter.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Paddling trips Sept 10-11

From Mary Wimmer mwimmer@hsc.wvu.edu / cell 304-685-5270
Reminder about Saturday, September 10:  Lejay Graffious, our expert birding friend, is going to represent the WV Highlands Conservancy as we hold a joint MAP-WVHC Paddling Trip as a pre-WVHC 50th-Anniversary celebration.  Starting at 9:00 a.m. from the new Van Voorhis Landing launch (which WVHC helped fund), we will paddle north toward the Ft. Martin Power Plant, a great wild section of the Mon with an impressive band of wetland vegetation on river left, like I have not seen anywhere else along the Mon.  Right now, the showers have moved into the afternoon, so we should be OK.  Bring rain gear just in case, and sunscreen and snacks/lunch and PLENTY TO DRINK (a hot day forecast).  Garbage bags can help keep towels, food, etc. dry.

Sunday, September 11 from 1-4, MAP is co-sponsoring a kayaking event described in Jenny Selin's following press release:

"Try It, Kayak and Paddle Board Event on the Mon River, sponsored by Rivertown Program, Morgantown Area Paddlers (MAP), Try This Mon County, BOPARC, and WVU Adventure WV Program.
Try kayaking and paddle boarding this weekend!  Head to Morgantown's waterfront Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Kayaks and paddle boards will be available for your use at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Amphitheater docks in Morgantown through the WVU Adventure WV Program and BOPARC.
This is designed as a try it event where friends and family, neighbors, business owners, students and faculty can try out a kayak or paddle board on the Monongahela River. Bring a parent or guardian if you are under 18.
A Kayak Convergence will occur at 3:30 pm -- those trying kayaks and those who bring their own boats will converge behind the amphitheater for a group photo.  Please use the Walnut Street Boat ramp to launch your own boat.
This event showcases active recreation on the Monongahela River, promotes river opportunities and adds a river event to the River Town Program in our area.
All skill levels and beginners welcome! Come down to the river to play!
Jenny Selin

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

International Vulture Awareness Day Sept 5

***Monday, September 5, 2016--The Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia will celebrate one of our favorite holidays, International Vulture Awareness Day, and you're invited to participate!
Come to pavilion #2 at Cooper's Rock State Forest at 12pm for educational materials and presentations about the importance of vultures in ecosystems worldwide. Everyone is welcome at this free event. Check our Facebook page,
www.facebook.com/ACCAWV, for updates!

Bike Ride Sunday, Sept 25

***Sun, Sept 25
Bike Ride: Confluence to Ohiopyle, PA
rated moderate -- Meet at 10 a.m. at Confluence, PA, for a 20-mile round trip. We'll bike along the Youghiogheny River Trail to Ohiopyle, for lunch at the park, before returning to Confluence.
Leader: Brent Carminati, brentcar1@ frontiernet.net, 703-999-8679

September Walks at the WV Botanic Garden

***Sunday September 11, 2:00 p.m. Fall Mushroom Walk: WVU Professor of Mycology Dan Panaccione will lead us in search of forest fungi. He will show us how to identify the native mushrooms at the garden by their unique characteristics. All ages.

***Saturday September 17, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Bird Day: Join us for a fall bird walk led by local birder John Boback, live bird presentation by the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, and basic birding skills and winter bird identification by Mountaineer Audubon.  See www.wvbg.org for schedule of events. All ages.

***Sunday September 18, 2:00 p.m. Tree ID Walk: WVU Society of American Foresters club members will help us identify and teach us about some of the trees found at the WVBG. Bring a tree ID guide if you have one. All ages.

September 25, 2:00 p.m. Moss, Lichen, & Fern Walk: Join Susan Studlar, WVU visiting associate professor of biology, and discover many exciting species of mosses, lichens, and ferns. A whole new world will become apparent as you learn the fascinating biology behind these organisms. Bring a hand lens if you have one. All ages.

Morgantown Area Paddlers Weekend Sept 1-4

Thursday, September 1:  Mon River from Van Voorhis Kayak Launch north.  Be ready to launch at 8:30 a.m.  We will paddle to the Ft. Martin Power Plant, and up Crooked Run where that round cement bridge is.  Great photo opps!  Trip time 3-3.5 hours unless lots of birds and flowers cause delays!  Bring binoculars, snacks and DRINK, sunscreen, hat, the usual.

I am taking a new paddler out from the launch at 12:30 p.m. to head south for an hour or so, if anyone wants to join us at this later time.

Friday, September 2:  Mon River to mouth of Cheat and up Cheat River.  Meet at Point Marion Boat Ramp ready to paddle at 10:00 a.m.  Bring lunch, snack, DRINK.  You will need your Pennsylvania Boating Permit (easy to get on-line - Chris Linton sent you directions a while back - check with her if you lost that).  Estimated time 2.5-3 hours, unless some folks want to go longer.

Sunday, September 4:  Mon River from Uffington through Morgantown Lock to Table 9 for brunch, and back (a repeat of a recent outing that went very well).  Be ready to paddle at 9:00 a.m.  We plan to make a reservation for outside deck seating to watch our boats, so if you are going on this outing, please let me know before Saturday.  Thanks!

Cheers!
Mary
Mary Wimmer
mwimmer@hsc.wvu.edu
Organizer, Morgantown Area Paddlers
361 Laurel St.
Morgantown, WV  26505
Cell phone:  304-685-5270

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Cooper's Rock Adopt-A-Trail Service Outing Saturday

Saturday Morning, Aug 27, 2016

Adopt-A-Trail Service Outing at Cooper’s Rock

This will be the summer trail clean-up on our “adopted”  Intermediate Cross Country Ski Trail and loop for 1.25 miles at Cooper’s 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, 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, snacks.  Contact leader for more details.


Leader:  Ann Devine-King,  304-594-2636 or atdking@gmail.com.
Nearest City:  Morgantown, WV

Check with Ann before going out to make sure there have been no changes.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Explore Cheat Mountain & Red Spruce Forest With Us!
A Ruckus in the Red Spruce:  
The Civil War on Cheat Mountain
PLUS
Critter Exploration!
When:  Saturday, August 20
Time:  10am - 4pm
Place:  Cheat Mountain (Huttonsville)
Cost:  $20
Level:  Beginner / Easy
Optional lodging:  Tent camping
All ages are welcome!

Description:  
The raw beauty and natural wonders of Cheat Mountain will be on full display as we rediscover General Robert E. Lee's first campaign of the Civil War.  While exploring the Cheat Mountain wilderness, we will venture into the Red Spruce Forest to view the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem.  We are hoping to find a federally threatened Cheat Mountain Salamander, following the footsteps of famous botanist Asa Gray.  We will wade into ankle deep water looking at river scour to see rare plants and communities.  What is river scour?  High elevation/high gradient mountain river freezes and during the March thaw, the ice breaks away and grinds the whole way down the river, leaving rare plant communities along the way.  This is something truly magical to see!

Pack a picnic lunch and explore with us!

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


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Paddling trips week of Aug 19-27

Friday, August 19: Big Sandy from Bruceton Mills to Clifton Mills. Be ready to paddle at 10:00 a.m. at the Bruceton Mills boat ramp. Chris Linton, Leader (call/txt: 304-216-4991). Directions: I-68 East to Bruceton Mills exit 23; turn left onto WV-26N. Cross over I-68; take 1st left Hwy 73/ Morgantown St. following brown fishing sign; then take 1st right, go 50 yds, and parking lot and ramp are on right near dam, across from Padlz Boat Rentals. Trip length 2.5-3 hours.
Tuesday, August 23: This is Chris Linton's Dawn's Breaking Light Paddle! We will launch our boats from the Star City Boat Ramp at 6:00 a.m. (yup - early!). We will paddle into the sunrise to the new Van Voorhis Launch, then return. Those interested can enjoy breakfast at Terra Café after. Trip length 5.8 miles round trip, abt. 3 hours. You will need to bring lights for front and back of your boat to start out, and a headlamp is also useful. Flashlights can suffice. Fine weather in the forecast.
Wednesday, August 24: Mon River from Opekiska south, toward Prickett's Fort, and back, abt. 5 miles round trip (2.5-3 hours). Meet just above the Opekiska Lock, ready to paddle at 10:00 a.m. Beautiful day is forecast - sunny, light wind, morning temps in 60's, high 82! Finally, comfortable weather!! Directions to Opekiska: Take Goshen Road Exit of I-79. Head over to Rt. 73/Smithtown Road, a right turn coming from north. Turn left (south) onto Rt. 73. Go for several miles until you reach Smithtown. Opekiska Rd. will be a right hand turn there. [Do NOT take the intersecting Opekiska Ridge Rd.] Go to the end of Opekiska Rd., abt. 3 miles, to the parking areas near the Opekiska Lock and Dam. You will see some quite extravagant homes along here, and go back and forth over White Day Creek, a nice drive. After this outing, we MAPers will have paddled the entire West Virginia section of the Monongahela River (except for a tiny piece in downtown Morgantown) - 38 miles since last October, and many sections more than once.
Saturday, August 27: Tentative trip (weather permitting) on the Blackwater River headwaters into the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. All flatwater, beautiful stream, lots of meanders through lovely wild land. If it is a go, which I will know early next week, we will plan to meet at the Shop n Save in Davis, WV (abt. 1.5 hours from Morgantown). From there we will caravan to the put-in off Camp 70 Road (mainly dirt road, but easily drivable). We will paddle upstream first, then back, 3-4 hours round trip, having lunch on the way. We can eat dinner at Siriani's Italian Restaurant in Davis - great food and atmosphere - before heading home. I will need to know if you are planning on going on the Blackwater outing so we will know whom we are meeting in Davis.
Contact Mary Wimmer mwimmer@hsc.wvu.edu

Wildflower Walk at WVBG on Saturday

Don't forget! Tomorrow (Saturday, August 21) at 10:00am, Ellen Hrabovsky will be leading a wildflower walk at the West Virginia Botanic Garden. Bring a wildflower guide and wear suitable shoes.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Morgantown Area Paddlers News

MAP paddling trips this week with a "support local restaurants" theme (sorry for late notice about tomorrow): 


Sunday, August 7: Mon River from Uffington to Table 9 (2.7 miles) and back after brunch at Table 9.  Includes lockages through the Morgantown Lock.  Meet at Uffington boat ramp ready to paddle at 8:15 a.m.  When we reach Table 9, which opens at 10:00, we will tie up boats on their dock (so bring a short rope or strap), and partake in the delicious brunch they are known for.  (Our boats should be visible from an outside table.)  Estimated time on water (with 20-min lockages) will be 3 1/2 hours.  Beautiful day forecast - sunny, light wind, morning temps in 70's!


Tuesday, August 9:  Mon River from Van Voorhis Landing to Terra Café in Star City and back.  We will start paddling at 9:00 a.m. from the new kayak/canoe launch, paddle to Star City (2.9 miles, abt. 80 min).  While someone watches the boats and gear, we can grab food/drinks at Terra Café, eat on shore, then paddle back to the launch.  Weather predicted to be cloudy, with no rain until later in the day, and morning temps in 70's.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

WVBG Moth Presentation

Sat., August 27, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Moth Program: Local naturalist and educator John Boback will present on moths in WV, moth diversity, moth identification, moths as pollinators, and what we can do to help moths. Then we will catch and identify some moths! Bring a camera or smartphone to take detailed moth photos! Most appropriate for adults and older children.

WVBG Wildflower Walk

 Saturday August 20, 10:00 a.m.  Wildflower Walk:  With local naturalist Ellen Hrabovsky, we will explore the plethora of summer wildflowers found around the reservoir basin. A wildflower book is helpful. All ages.

Coopers Rock State Forest Adopt-A-Trail

Sat, Aug 27 Adopt-A-Trail Service Outing: Coopers Rock SF
Easy to moderate -- Work will begin in the cooler morning hours for this 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 include cutting back vegetation, cleaning out and restoring drainage ditches/culverts and general trail clearing. We'll have time to identify 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.
Leader: Ann Devine-King, atdking@gmail.com, 304-594-2636
Nearest town: Morgantown, WV
Web info: www.coopersrockstateforest.com; www.wvstateparks.com/community/adopt.htm; coopersrock.org

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Botantic Garden to host Insect Walk

An insect walk, originally scheduled for Aug 6, is now set for 10:30 am Saturday, at West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road.  Join Sue Olcott, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources wildlife diversity biologist, to search for winged wonders.  Learn to identify butterflies at the butterfly garden and walk the reservoir trail.  This free walk is dependent upon warm, dry weather and is appropriate for all ages.  Park in the lower parking area and meet at the information kiosk.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Birding by Kayak/Canoe

Mountaineer Audubon
***June 18--Birding on the Monongahela River by Kayak and Canoe. 8:00 am at the Uffington Public Access Boat Ramp. Leader: LeJay Graffious. Sponsored by Mountaineer Audubon and Morgantown Area Paddlers (MAP) Contact lejaygraffious@gmail.com or MARY WIMMER  mwimmer@hsc.wvu.edu

WVBG Plant Walks

WV Botanic Garden http://www.wvbg.org  All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone rd., Morgantown
 Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs and are free of charge, but donations are appreciated and can be made at the Welcome Center any time.
 Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.
***June 4, 10:00 a.m. Beginner's Guide to Plant Identification: On this walk with Research Botanist Cindy Huebner, participants will be introduced to the basics of plant identification and learn to identify several plant species with a focus on trees and shrubs. Most appropriate for adults and older children.
***June 5, 2:00 p.m. Forest Understory Plants and their Associated Canopy Species: Research Botanist Cindy Huebner will lead a walk focusing on the identification of herbaceous plants and tree seedlings located in forest understories. We will also cover diversity and plant composition patterns found in particular forest types. Most appropriate for adults.

Preston County Paddling Parties

Preston County paddling parties set for June
Friends of the Cheat (FOC) and the Upper Cheat River Water Trail Committee will host two "Meet the Cheat" float trips in the Cheat River.
***Saturday June 4
Pending water levels, the group will put-on at the Riverview Lounge access point and float 3.2 miles to the Rowlesburg Town Park access point. Cost: $15 for a single kayak, $30 for a tandem kayak or canoe.
***Saturday June 11, will be the Upper Cheat River Water Trail Paddling Party.
Participants will float from Holly Meadows to St. George. Meet at Blackwater Outdoor Adventures at10 a.m. to conserve parking spaces and get a free shuttle to the put-in.Launch will be at 11 a.m. Cost: $15 for a single kayak, $30 for a tandem kayak or canoe.
Information: bwarnick@cheat.org To register, visit the WVLand Trust's Facebook page, or calling 304-478-3775.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Forest Fungi Citizen Scientist Opportunity

The Lankau lab at University of Wisconsin-Madison has created a citizen science program entitled FOREST FUNGI PROJECT. We need help from West Virginia for our second year of collections! This project was designed and initiated towards students and non-professional scientist volunteers. We designed a project that makes contributing to scientific research easy, fun, and educational for all ages. It is simple and free! Go to forested area and collect tree roots, soils, and take pictures. From an educational point of view, students have the opportunity to explore forested systems, can learn tree species, and appreciate species diversity below ground.
            We aim to understand how microbes (specifically, tree root associated fungi) can change due to climate change. Understanding the role of plant-fungal interactions for tree seedling growth and function, and how these interactions vary across climatic gradients. These data could substantially increase predictions for how forests will respond to warming climates. Additionally, this research will provide a first step toward developing management strategies for conserving biodiversity in the face of climate change through restoration projects that incorporate soil microbial communities as well as plant species.
            In our first year, 2015, Forest Fungi Project Citizens Science Project was a huge success. We have processed all samples and are now in the fungal identification process. Updates to those that contributed will follow shortly. We received samples from Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. We received around 500 samples from 175 participants. The participants included 4-H groups, Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, College and High School students, and volunteers at natural areas.
            Please visit our site (forestfungiproject.org) to see how easy it is for your students and/or volunteers to contribute to this national scientific project. Additionally, I have an attached a field guide and protocol for easy access. Email questions and/or concerns to callsup@wisc.edu. We welcome feedback.

(Note: click on forestfungiproject.org link above and select sampling from the drop down menu.)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

Mountaineer Audubon Birdwalk at Dorsey's Knob

May 21—Dorsey’s Knob Park, Morgantown. 8:00 am at mosaic wall parking area. Leader: John Boback.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Morgantown Migratory Bird Day May 14

Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia
***Saturday May 14 7:30 am to 2 pm at Coopers Rock State Forest
Come celebrate migratory birds with us on our 5th annual Morgantown Migratory Bird Day! The day will begin with a Bird Walk on the Raven Rock Trail at 7:30am, guided by LeJay Graffious, Derek Courtney, and Sue Olcott of Mountaineer Audubon. After the walk, join us in the pavilion near the overlook for bird-friendly coffee! Activities in the pavilion include live raptor presentations at 10am and 12pm, as well as ongoing crafts and educational displays for the whole family. Everyone is welcome at this free event

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Annual Cheat River Festival returns May 7 to Albright

Join Friends of the Cheat on May 7, to celebrate the 22nd annual Cheat River Festival, at the festival grounds off WV 26, just north of Albright, about 30 miles from Morgantown.  Gates will open at 11:30am with a lineup of live music beginning at noon.
Tickets will be sold at the gate for $20.  Camping is not included in entry, but Teeter's Campground and Cheat Canyon Campground are a short walk from the festival site.  Glass bottles and pets are prohibited and camping is not permitted on festival grounds.  Full festival guidelines, tickets, information and FAQ's can be found at CheatFest.org.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Wetland/Amphibian Walk at WV Botanic Garden May 1

May 1, 2:00 p.m. Wetland/Amphibian Walk: West Virginia University (WVU) Professor Jim Anderson will lead us to and acquaint us with the frogs, toads, and other amphibians found in a variety of wetland habitats. Be prepared to get your shoes muddy. All ages.

More garlic pulling at the Arboretum

From Zachariah Fowler:

Hello,

I am organizing three more garlic mustard pulling events this week.  We will be pulling at the following times:

Monday, April 25, at 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, April 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Friday, April 29, at 9:00 a.m.

Please let me know (zfowler@mail.wvu.edu) if you plan to join and when you can help.  If you plan to arrive late, I can let you know where we will be.  All are welcome, so please share this with your friends and any groups to which you belong!  We will meet at the Arboretum parking lot.  Bags and gloves will be supplied.  Please wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.  Long pants are essential and long sleeves are a good idea.  Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.  It is not hard work (think weeding), but it does involve lots of walking through the woods and uneven terrain.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WVU Woodlot Rec Management Plan - Open House Invitation

Invitation to provide input to direct the future management of the WVU WOODLOT/BAKERS RIDGE TRAILS (off West Run Rd.)

OPEN HOUSE

When: April 28 (Thursday) 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Black Bear restaurant, Evansdale, University Ave.
Format: Drop-in anytime during event.
Purpose: To share student management ideas for the WVU Woodlot.  Also, to encourage public input into future plans for the Woodlot.

For more information, please contact Chad.Pierskalla@mail.wvu.edu.

The event is being organized by WVU graduate students with support from Drs. Selin and Pierskalla.  We hope to see you at the event!

Saturday, April 23: 3rd Annual Green Households Fair at Farmer's Market

Come one, come all to the 3rd Annual Green Households Fair! About a dozen resource people have volunteered to talk with  you on on one about your questions on how to live sustainably. Topics include:

Recycling: What You Can and Cannot Recycle

Energy Audits: How It's Done, Why It's Good

Energy Efficiency: How Can You Make the Most of the Least Amount of Energy?

Home Solar Energy: What Does It Take? How Much Does It Cost?

Organic Gardening: Keeping Your Food Chemical Free and Delicious!

Composting/Worm Bins: Make Use of Your Organic Waste

Rain Barrels: Water Your Garden and Keep Our Streams Healthy!

Chicken Keeping: How to Raise Poultry Well and Responsibly

Bee Keeping: Make Your Own Honey

Homemade Natural Products: Make Your Own Natural Products from Scratch!

Safe Bikes: Learn How to Maintain and Repair Your Bike and Ride It Safely

In addition, local elementary school kids will again demonstrate what they are learning about growing their own produce, composting, and vermiculture. And the Morgantown Public Library will display its extensive collection of book and other resources on living sustainably.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Volunteer Opportunity at the Arboretum

It is certainly spring in Morgantown.  Here at the WVU Core Arboretum, the spring ephemeral wildflowers are in full bloom!  Growing among our treasured native spring ephemerals, however, are some invasive plant species.  These invasive species, if not controlled, threaten the future of the native plants that many people come here to appreciate.  Control typically involves removal of plants to keep invasive plant populations at a low, manageable level. 

Control of invasive species is a large, labor-intensive annual task here at the Arboretum, and we accomplish it largely through the efforts of volunteers.  Would you like to help us protect the future of native plants in the Arboretum by removing invasive species?

We are hosting several garlic mustard pulling events this spring, including these next week:  

Monday, April 18, at 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 19, at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 20, at 1:30 p.m.

Please let me know (zfowler@mail.wvu.edu) if you plan to join and when you can help.  If you plan to arrive late, I can let you know where we will be.  All are welcome, so please share this with your friends and any groups to which you belong!  We will meet at the Arboretum parking lot.  Bags and gloves will be supplied.  Please wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.  Long pants are essential and long sleeves are a good idea.  Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.  It is not hard work (think weeding), but it does involve lots of walking through the woods and uneven terrain.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

WV Survey Specials

The Geological Survey is celebrating "Earth Day All April" with some special discounts each week on some of our select publications.  Some publications are oldies but goodies.  This week take 22% off of our USGS paper topo maps!



Adopt-A-Trail Spring Clean-up at Cooper's Rock



Adopt-A-Trail Spring Clean-up at Cooper’s Rock

The WV Sierra will be leading a spring clean-up on the Intermediate Cross Country Ski Trail at Cooper’s Rock State Forest, Saturday, April  23, 2016.     Volunteers seeking community service are encouraged to participate.   Much of the work will be cleaning out and restoring drainage ditches and culverts clogged from the winter’s processes as well as general trail clearing along a 1.25 mile loop.  The work is meant to be rewarding and at a pace to enjoy each other’s company however, some moderate intensity work will be necessary; using shovels, rakes, pruners, and moving reasonably sized rocks.  Volunteers should wear sturdy boots, and carry work gloves, water, snacks.  Adults and adolescents are invited and those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian.  Volunteers will be required to sign a standard Sierra Club Liability Waiver and a DNR Volunteer Work Program Agreement.  For additional information and to register, contact Sierra Club Outings Leader, Ann Devine-King at 304-594-2636 or atdking@gmail.com.