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.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Free, guided walks begin April 10 at WVU Core Arboretum

Spring is here!  Mark you calendars for the WVU Department of Biology spring ephemeral wildflower walks and the Mountaineer Audubon spring bird walks.  These free, guided tours are a spring tradition at the WVU Core Arboretum.  The wildflower walks will happen the last three Sundays in April (April 10, 17, 24) at 2pm.  The bird walks will be the last two Tuesdays in April and the first two Tuesdays in May (April 19, 26 and May 3, 10) at 7:30am.  All tours will meet in the Arboretum parking lot.  Additional free parking is available at the nearby WVU Coliseum.  No reservations are needed.  Dress appropriately for the weather and for hiking.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Canaan Valley Birding Festival

June 2 – 5, 2016

The Canaan Valley Birding Festival welcomes all levels of birders and nature lovers. Canaan Valley, because of its diverse high elevation boreal habitat, is fortunate to be the breeding ground for many Neotropical birds. Hardwood and Spruce forests, grasslands and wetlands welcome a wide variety of species; last year 125 species/forms were found. Leaves protect the birds during nesting, so learning songs and calls helps to locate and identify the birds. Leaders will provide instruction on birding by ear as well as eye. Species likely to be seen include Bobolinks, Scarlet tanagers, Baltimore and Orchard orioles, Vesper, Swamp, Clay-colored and Henslow Sparrows, Northern Waterthrush, Yellow, Chestnut-sided and Black-throated Green Warblers among many others. See our 2015 bird list on website.
A variety of walks are scheduled; most leave very early, when the birds are most active. For the most in-depth experience, do an all-day walk (box lunch provided). Try a morning walk, eat lunch at the lodge and join an afternoon walk highlighting birds and nature including our early summer butterflies. We carpool to birding sites, some are very close, and others may be up to an hour from the lodge. If you want to do some area sightseeing, do a morning walk, eat lunch and be on your own for the afternoon to see some of our awesome places including riding the chair lift to the top of the mountain (we will be glad to share information).
Remember to bring a good jacket (our days can be cool and our nights cooler) and shoes that can get wet. We hope you will find our festival’s knowledgeable leaders and beautiful scenic area to be a joyful experience.
Event Schedule and Walk Leader info coming soon!