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,, 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@, 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 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!

Mary Wimmer
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
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
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!

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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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

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,, 304-594-2636
Nearest town: Morgantown, WV
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