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
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. 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 ( 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​
Leader: Ann Devine-King
Nearest City: Morgantown, WV
Web info: and