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, 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

For more DEP news and information, go to 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.


Jake Glance
(304) 926-0499 ext. 1335

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 / 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