Local Birding
Including the Monongahela and Cheat River valleys, city parks, rural farms and grasslands, and a higher-elevation state forest, there is lots of wonderful habitat in Monongalia and nearby Marion and Preston Counties that hosts numerous bird species.
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Nov. 18—Waterfowl trip, Cheat Lake. 8:00 am at Ruby and Ketchy’s Restaurant on Route 857 east of Cheat Lake. 7:00 am if you’d like breakfast first. Leader: Derek Courtney.

Nov. 18  (RESCHEDULED OF DECEMBER 9 DUE TO RAIN FORECAST) —“Owl Prowl”, West Virginia Botanical Garden, Tyrone Road. 6:30 pm. Join local birder LeJay Graffious on an early evening search for owls and other nocturnal wildlife. Possible targets include Eastern Screech-Owl, Barred Owl, and Great Horned Owl. Bring flashlights and binoculars if you have them and dress appropriately for cool to cold weather. All ages. Sponsored by the West Virginia Botanical Garden. Please pre-register online at For questions related to the WVBG, please call (304) 322-2093. ($5 fee for the WVBG)

Dec. 16—Morgantown Christmas Bird Count. Various locations. People who want to get involved may register on-line at beginning in November or contact compiler LeJay Graffious at or (304) 379-7505 to volunteer.


Get Involved

We are looking for board members who are interested in growing the sport of birding in the Morgantown area. You do not need to be an expert at bird identification. There are many ways to support the Mountaineer Chapter of National Audubon. If you are interested, drop an email to