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.

Friday, July 28, 2017

WVU Core Arboretum Nature Connection Series

If you haven't already visited the Arboretum on Tuesday nights from 6-7 for the Nature Connection Series, you have missing out on a great educational opportunity.  Here is the schedule for the August talks:

August 1:  
Sue Olcott, WV Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Biologist:  
Nomads on the wind:  Declines and hopes for the monarch butterfly

August 8:  
Katie Fallon, Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, Author:  
Vulture:  The private life of an unloved bird

August 15:  
Craig Barrett, WVU, Assistant Professor of Biology:  
Beyond photosynthesis: Alternative nutritional lifestyles in plants

August 22:  
Jay Buckelew, Bethany College, Professor Emeritus of Biology:  
(bird range expansions in WV)
August 29:  
Jamie Schuler, WVU, Assistant Professor of Forest Resource Management:  
(maple syrup biology and production)
These talks are held in the Amphitheater off the main lawn at the top of the Arboretum.  A large screen is erected and a sound system is in place.  Plenty of bench seating and free parking available at the Arboretum and the Coliseum.  Come out and join us.   


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Kayak trip scheduled for Thursday on the Big Sandy canceled

Due to the threat of severe storms tomorrow, Mary Wimmer and LeJay Graffious have canceled the planned birding trip.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Moth Night at the WVU Core Arboretum

Come to Moth Night at the Arboretum!  Wednesday, July 26, from 9-11 pm we will have lights and sheets set up in the lawn area to attract moths.

MAP birding trip on Sunday, June 23 canceled

The next week is either very hot/humid or rainy/windy, so we are cancelling Lejay's MAP birding trip on Sunday, June 23, and will not be posting any outings for a week or so.  Our next MAP outing will be on Thursday, July 27, at 5:30 p.m. on the Big Sandy River starting in Bruceton Mills (Access Point #22 on our map below).  Lejay Graffious will join us again for those interested in birding.

Mary Wimmer

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Birding on the Water

You have the notice from Chris about Tuesday's outing, July 18th, on the Cheat River, up into Coopers Rock State Forest.  We have just added a special guest to this outing - Lejay Graffious of Mountaineer Audubon, a birding expert and delight to paddle with!  So come on out and learn about habits and calls of the birds that reside along this paddling route.  And don't forget the binoculars!
The access point is #8 on our map below.

FYI, save the following dates for other birding paddling trips with Lejay.  Details will be forthcoming.
  • Sunday, July 23 am
  • Thursday, July 27 pm
  • Saturday, August 12 am
  • Saturday, September 9 am  (back up date)
Mary Wimmer
Organizer, Morgantown Area Paddlers
361 Laurel St.
Morgantown, WV  26505
Cell phone:  304-685-5270

Here is the link to our map of kayak access points:

Morgantown Area Paddlers Upcoming Trips

Saturday, 7/15 (rated EASY)  Float trip Pt Marion, PA to Greensboro, PA   3-4 hr float trip
Rain or shine event; canceled if thunderstorms
Meet @ Pt Marion Park to unload boats @ 8:30 AM
We will then drive our vehicles to Greensboro ( 10 min Drive), then carpool back to Pt Marion.  We will leave 1-2 people in Pt Marion w/ boats. 
  If conditions are favorable, some may want to venture up Dunkards creek.
Kayak rentals are available in Pt Marion.
 Contact Victoria Evans:
REPLY: To this email or txt me:304-216-4991  Chris


TUESDAY, 7/18  8:30 AM Cheat Lake @ Ices Ferry Bridge (rated moderately Challenging)
Rain/shine   Canceled for thunderstorms
3-4 Hr paddle, you may turn around at any time. 
As always, bring: water, food, etc, etc.
Happy Paddling, Chris