Thursday, November 23, 2017

Mon Paddling Trip Tomorrow

Dear MAPers:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Since the weather tomorrow looks fine for paddling tomorrow (high 53 and winds light and variable), here is a great way to lose some of those delicious Turkey Day calories!

Friday, November 24:  Let's meet at the Uffington boat ramp at 1:00 p.m. for 2-2.5 hours on the water, paddling north and back.  Wear layers, and bring snack and drink (never forget the drink!).


Mary Wimmer
Organizer, Morgantown Area Paddlers

Friday, November 17, 2017

Mountaineer Audubon Cheat Lake Waterfowl Trip

Mar. 18—Waterfowl Trip, Cheat Lake. 8:00 am at
Ruby & Ketchy’s Restaurant on Route 857 east of
Cheat Lake. 7:00 am if you’d like breakfast first.
Leader: Derek Courtney.
For more information, contact David Daniels at or (304) 276-7127.

Monday, October 30, 2017

November Happenings at the WVBG

Activities at the WV Botanic Gardens
* All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown WV 26508 unless otherwise noted.
*  Registration is required for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. A note about our forms: if you are a regular at our programs, you may wish to create a login with us. This option is available when you click on the link to register. After you create a login and the first form you fill in is processed, your information will then automatically be filled in for you on future registration forms. Otherwise, you may register as a guest and fill in your information each time you register. Register at
* Walks and presentations will last 1.5 - 2hrs.
* Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Winter Birds of Monongalia County
Sunday, November 12th, 2:00 p.m.
LeJay Graffious, local birder, will present a two-part program on identifying our avian friends found in the winter months. The first part will be an indoor interactive presentation about birds found in the area during the winter months. The second part will be an outdoor bird walk in the WVBG with an option to travel to Cheat Lake to look for waterfowl. All ages. $5 for WVBG or Audubon members, $15 for non-members.

Winter Wreaths
Saturday, November 18th, 1:00 p.m.
Learn basic techniques for creating beautiful seasonal wreaths during this demonstration by WVBG Executive Director Bill Mills. A wide variety of fresh and found materials will be used. Participants will leave empowered to create seasonal ornamentation for their home or to share with friends. Most appropriate for adults. Members $15, Non-Members $25.

Nighttime Raptors: Owling in WV Botanic Garden
Saturday, November 18th, 6:30 p.m.
LeJay Graffious, local birder, will present a program on West Virginia owls. We will start indoors with an audio-visual review of owls of the region. Learn to identify on sight or by calls. Then we will go outdoors to try to find owls of the garden. $5 for WVBG or Audubon members, $15 for non-members. 

Trees and the Landscape in Late Autumn
Sunday, November 19th, 2:00 p.m.
With most leaves fallen, shapes of woody plants and the surface of the ground become more apparent. Location, bark, habit of growth, and twig details help reveal the identities of trees. Leaves may be nearby for confirmation. Explore the November landscape with retired Core Arboretum manager Jon Weems. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Free. Donations encouraged.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Halloween Paddle with Morgantown Lockage

Saturday, October 21, 3rd Annual Halloween Paddle with Morgantown Lockage:  Meet at the Downtown Morgantown/Walnut St. boat ramp (MAP Access Point #3 below) at 10:00 a.m., assuming weather cooperates as it currently appears to.  Limited parking there, but you can also drop your boat and stuff off, and park across the street in Walnut St. garage.  Feel free to come in costume, and/or decorate your boat.  We will do a lockage at the Morgantown Lock, paddle toward Uffington, and return, paddling for around 2 hours, excluding lockage time (usually takes around 20-25 min each way).  Bring snack and drink; we can eat a late lunch somewhere downtown after our trip.    If we have enough participants, I will line up some press again, so please let me know if you are coming if you haven't already.

Mary Wimmer

Soil Health and Composting at WVBG

Saturday, October 21st, 10:00 am
Soil Health and Composting
Learn about the importance of soil vitality and benefits of composting from WVBG volunteer and avid gardener Robin Stewart and WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter. An interactive activity on worm composting will be featured for younger gardeners as well. Open to all ages. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members.  Be sure to register online at

Celebration of the Outdoors, Coopers Rock State Forest

Saturday, October 21st, 10:00am
Celebration of the Outdoors, Coopers Rock State Forest
Hosted by the Coopers Rock foundation. Visit for more information.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Passing of Jo Craenen

I am sorry to report that Dr Jo Craenen has passed away this week.  You may not recognize the name because we all knew her simply as Ellen's very dear friend Jo.  Jo attended the Wildflower Pilgrimages every year.  She also participated in some of the Master Naturalist classes.  However where she really shown was during the West Virginia Botanic Garden's Fall Children Festival.  Jo loved working with children and often ran an activity involving them.  She also brought down bushels of yellow and red apples to share along with dozens of home baked cookies.  Those cookies were wonderful.  We shall miss you, Jo.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

MAP Paddling trips

Wednesday evening, September 27:  Paddle the Mon River from Uffington South, another beautiful, wild section of river.  Meet at Uffington Boat Ramp (Access Point #4 on our MAP Guide below), ready to paddle at 4:30 p.m.  This will be about a 2-hour paddle.  It will be warm, so don't forget to bring a hat and plenty to drink.

Try It! Event Sunday, October 1:  MAP will be supporting the Try It! event again on the Mon River at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park, being organized by Morgantown and WVU to get people out on the river kayaking and paddle boarding.  Meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Walnut St. - Downtown Morgantown Boat Ramp (Access Point #3 below).  The event is scheduled to go from 1-4 p.m., and parking should be available next to the downtown ramp (BOPARC is being contacted about opening the gate there), or at Walnut St. garage after dropping boats.  Weather looks beautiful: sunny, high 70, winds light and variable.   

Mary Wimmer

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Yet another pawpaw party

There will be yet another pawpaw party this Thursday at the WVU Core Arboretum from 6-7:30.  Come out and try them.  Or come back and eat some more.  They have a very short shelf life, so if you don't help eat them, they will go to waste.  Zack Fowler will be handing out information on how to grow trees from the seeds.  Come out anytime between 6-7:30.

Latest MAP Trips

Thursday evening, September 21:  Paddle the Mon River from Van Voorhis Launch North, a beautiful, wild area, with a diversity of wetland plants along a section of river left.  Meet at Van Voorhis Landing, ready to paddle at 4:00 p.m.  We will paddle at least within site of the Ft. Martin Power Plant, total trip duration 3 hours (sunset is around 7:20).

Sunday Sept. 24 Brunch at Table 9:  One of our favorite paddling trips, including Uffington departure, Morgantown lockage, and brunch at Table 9 before our return trip.  We will start paddling from Uffington at 10:00 a.m., reaching Table 9 around 11 (depending on lockage time).  I will need to know who is eating brunch by Noon Saturday so I can make reservations.  There is nothing like sitting out on the deck looking down on our colorful boats tied along the dock, while eating scrumptious food!

Mary Wimmer

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Science on Tap, Morgantown Brewing Company, Oct 11

Date:  Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time:  7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Location:  Morgantown Brewing Company

Dr. Jessica Turner-Skoff, The Morton Arboretum's 1st Treeologist, will be presenting on: "Why we should care about the trees in our cities: A scientific review of the benefit of trees"

Learn about the growing body of scientific literature which demonstrates that trees provide numerous benefits to humans and the environment in which we live. Trees make people healthier and happier as well as our neighborhoods safer and more social. Additionally, trees clean the air, help us focus, provide economic benefits, and they capture our imaginations and inspire us. Because of these innumerable benefits, trees should be incorporated into urban spaces. However, trees face additional challenges in a city environment that they do not experience in wild environments, and the presence of trees are often considered a luxury rather than a necessity. As cities are growing larger with a growing urban population, cities need trees. Learn how individuals and institutions can take action to protect, care for, and plant trees.
Facebook link for the event:  Science on Tap - Oct 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017

WVU Core Arboretum Pawpaw Party

In case you missed the party this past week, you will have another chance this coming Thursday, September 14.  Scheduled for 6:00-7:30 in the upper lawn, come out to try this marvelous fruit.  For more information contact Zack Fowler,

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Upcoming MAP trips

Saturday, September 9:  We are going to try for another Birding Paddling Trip on Big Sandy with Mountaineer Audubon's Lejay Graffious, hoping the weather cooperates!  Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Bruceton Mills boat ramp (Access Point #22 on our map below).  Bring several layers as it will start out pretty cool.  We will paddle north toward Clifton Mills, and back, as usual.  Paddling trip duration abt. 2.5 hours.

Immediately after this paddling trip, there are some associated activities Lejay informed me about.  The Northern Preston Farmers are having a Chicken BBQ in Brandonville, abt. a mile from our put-in.   People are welcome to come to Old Hemlock, Lejay's home, to eat their picked-up BBQ or packed lunch.  Lejay says he and wife Helen Ann can provide beverages.  If anyone wants a tour of Old Hemlock, he and wife Helen will be glad to give one - a fascinating story!  They have restrooms available, too.  Let me know if you are interested in the BBQ and/or tour so I can inform Lejay of numbers to expectThis way, you can miss the noon game traffic!

Don't forget your snack and drinks, sunscreen, hat, etc.

Tuesday afternoon, September 12 (mentioned previously):  Our Van Voorhis launch was made possible in part due to the WV Brownfields Program which helps in the restoration of old industrial sites into useful areas.  As part of the WV Brownfields Conference at WVU, the conference is sponsoring for its participants a Morgantown Paddling Event, and we've been asked to join them.  Please consider joining us on this trip to help introduce this important group to MAP and Morgantown's Mon River! 

It will be a one-way, 3-mile paddling trip from the Walnut St. boat ramp downtown (Access Point #3) to Star City (Point #2), starting around 3:00 p.m.  However, you will need to be at Walnut by 2:15 p.m. to drop boats off, then drive to Star City (and back) to set up our MAP shuttle.  I will need to know if you are going in order to help me plan our shuttle.
Mary Wimmer

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Core Arboretum Pawpaw Party!

Come to WVU Core Arboretum to taste pawpaws! The pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is the largest fruit native to West Virginia. Pawpaws have a luscious, tropical flavor that some describe as a combination of banana, mango, and pineapple and a smooth, creamy texture. Pawpaws ripen in Fall, and the Arboretum’s trees are starting to produce enough ripe fruit to gather. The Pawpaw Party will be Thursday, 29 Sept., from 5:30-7:00 p.m., or while supplies last!
A table will be set up in the lawn area at the Arboretum, and all are welcome to stop by and try a pawpaw.  Literature about pawpaws and how to grow the pawpaw seeds that will be left after trying the fruit will also be available.  Contact Zach Fowler ( for more information.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Goings on at the WVBG for September

September 2, 10:00 a.m.  WVBG Citizen Scientist! Magnificent Monarch Butterflies: Join us at the WVBG Butterfly Garden and learn about the Monarch’s life cycle, magnificent migration, habitat needs and conservation opportunities for citizen scientists and gardeners both young and old. Led by WVBG Outdoor Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, this walk and program will also focus on national Monarch conservation efforts by National Wildlife Federation and Monarch Watch. Walk open to all ages. Free. Register here.

September 17, 1:00 p.m. Mushroom Walk: WVU Professor of MycologyDan Panaccionewill lead us in search of forest fungi. He will show us how to identify the native mushrooms at the garden by their unique characteristics. Emphasis will be on general biology, not edibility. All ages. Free. Register here.

 September 23, 10:00 a.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. Free. Register here.

 September 30, 8:00-11:00 a.m. Bird Day: Celebrate our avian friends at the Garden! Join us for a fall bird walk led by local birder John Boback (8:00 a.m.) followed by a live bird presentation (10:00 a.m.) and a young birders walk (11:00 a.m.) by the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia  Register here for the morning bird walk.   Register here for the ACCA presentation.  Register here for the young birders walk.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

WVU Core Arboretum

Two of the planned lectures as part of the Nature Connection Series were canceled because of inclement weather.
Originally scheduled for July 11, this Tuesday (8/29) they will be presenting
 Jamie Schuler, WVU, Assistant Professor of Forest Resource Management:  
(maple syrup biology and production)
Originally scheduled for August 22, the following Tuesday (9/5) they will be presenting
Albert R. Buckelew, Jr., Bethany College, Professor Emeritus of Biology:  
(bird range expansions in WV)
The lectures start at 6 in the WVU Core Arboretum Amphitheater.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Upcoming Paddling Trips

No for Saturday, August 12:  Weather has not improved, still 50% chance of showers and T-storms, so our birding paddle trip with Audubon's Lejay Graffious is again CANCELLED😢

Sunday, August 13:  Mon River from Star City south and back.  Meet at the Star City boat ramp (Access Point #2 on map below), Edith Barill Park, at 4:00 p.m.  Trip duration 2-3 hours, depending on the group. 

Tuesday, August 15:  Cheat Lake Backwaters.  Meet at Cheat Lake Park boat ramp (Access Point #10), and be ready to paddle at 9 :00 a.m.  There will be a couple opportunities for paddlers to leave, as the route will cross near the put-in 2-3 times.
Saturday, August 19: 1st Cheat Lake Regatta
Cheat Lake Regatta is an annual event created and organized by The Cheat Lake Rotary. The first annual Regatta will be held on August 19, 2017 at the Cheat Lake Marina & Crab Shack Caribba at 69 Mont Chateau Rd. Morgantown WV 26508. Our long term goal is to have weekend long events all over Cheat Lake in multiple locations. This is the first year of the event with some exciting activities. Our long term goal is to add more activities every year as we grow this event.Sponsored by Cheat Lake Rotary, see for more details.

Mary Wimmer
Organizer, Morgantown Area Paddlers
361 Laurel St.
Morgantown, WV  26505
Cell phone:  304-685-5270

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Walks at the West Virginia Botanic Garden for August

August 6, 1:00 p.m.  Beech Bark Disease: A Long Established Forest Disease in West Virginia Reaches Monongalia County:  Beech bark disease was first reported in WV in the early 1980s and has since spread throughout the higher elevations in eastern part of the state. In April 2016, BBD was discovered for the first time at the West Virginia Botanic Garden. During this presentation, Dr. Matt Kasson, WVU Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, will discuss the history of the disease and potential factors influencing its progression. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register here.

 August 12, 10:30 a.m. Insect Walk: Join Sue Olcott, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources wildlife diversity biologist, as we go in search of winged wonders. Learn to identify butterflies at the butterfly garden and watch for other jewels of the sky as we walk the reservoir trail. This walk is dependent upon warm dry weather. All ages. Free. Register here.

 August 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m. A Tour of the Night Sky: WVU Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy D.J. Pisano will be leading a tour of the night sky. The evening will start with a talk about some of the highlights in the night sky, including planets, star clusters, and galaxies as well as the origins of the Perseid meteor shower which peaks onAugust 12. This will be followed, weather permitting, with the opportunity to look at some of these objects through telescopes plus a guided tour of how to view the Perseid meteor shower. All ages. Free. Register here.

August 26, 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. Free. Register here.


Next week's paddling trips

Wednesday, Aug. 2, two evening paddles: 

  1. Uffington (Access Point #4 on map)
    for more experienced paddlers.  Meet at parking area at 5:30 p.m.  To be lead by Chris Linton, rain or shine, cancelled if thunderstorms.
  2. Monongahela River paddling trip for BEGINNERS AND THOSE RECUPERATING FOLKS WHO WANT TO SLOWLY GET BACK INTO PADDLING.  We will meet at the Van Voorhis Launch, Access Point #1, at 5:30 p.m. for some instruction before paddling.  We will put in safe and easy at our kayak launch and paddle on the Mon River for about an hour to give people opportunity to practice.  We will return to the launch, where those who want to depart can, and I will join anyone interested in paddling for a bit more.  If you need a boat/paddle/PFD, let me know ASAP so I can plan for this.  I have two boats I can lend out, and I may be able to get Vicky to bring her boats for us to rent, $10/hr.

Sunday, Aug. 6:  Paddle the Mon River from Prickett's Fort (Access Point #11) to Rivesville (#21), up Paw Paw Creek, then back.  Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Prickett's Fort boat launch at the end of the big parking lot.  We will watch the weather.
As always, contact Mary Wimmer for more details and for RSVP.