By Mountaineer Audubon
April 11, 2017
SPRING 2017 BIRD WALKS and Programs Printable Version
All walks are free and will be on Saturdays except as noted. They will only be canceled for extremely inclement weather. Bring binoculars and dress appropriately for the weather. Included are a few events sponsored by other area organizations. For more information, contact David Daniels at Cotinga747@yahoo.com or (304) 276-7127.
March 14: Program: at The Village at Heritage Point in Morgantown (Open to the public)
Presenter: Dr. Christopher M. Lituma of WVU
Dr. Christopher M. Lituma is from Fairless Hills, PA. He is an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources program. As the ornithologist, he will continue to focus on applied conservation research issues related to bird populations. Some research projects he is working toward are; experimentally evaluating ways to improve surveys for Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) populations in Virginia and West Virginia, evaluating the impacts of re-introduced elk (Cervus elaphus) on bird populations on reclaimed minelands in West Virginia, determining the frequency and prevalence of Lyme borreliosis in migratory songbirds in the Appalachians, and evaluating the impacts of fracking chemicals on riparian and marsh birds.
Dr. Lituma’s talk will focus on his past research and will act as an introduction to himself and some of his new research projects at WVU and opportunities in West Virginia.
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. The day start cold and overcast. The birds were not plentiful, but a nice variety.
Apr. 8—Tygart Lake/Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area. 8:00 am at southern boat ramp parking lot at Tygart Lake Marina. For those coming from Morgantown, meet at 7:00 am at Mountaineer Mall near the water tower. Leader: Joe Hildreth.
Mountaineer Audubon field trip
Date: April 8, 2017
Locations: Tygart Lake and Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area
Leader: Joe Hildreth
Number of species: 46
Great Blue Heron
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Apr. 8—Woodcock Walk, West Virginia Botanical Garden, Tyrone Road. 7:30 pm. LeJay Graffious will lead a search for American Woodcocks displaying over the old reservoir from sunset to dusk. Come join us to witness this amazing spectacle. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. All ages. Sponsored by the West Virginia Botanical Garden. Please pre-register online at www.wvbg.org. For questions related to the WVBG, please call (304) 322-2093.
WV Botanic Gardens
Apr 08, 2017
All birds reported? Yes
Woodcock walk at the West Virginia Botanic Garden and Tibbs Run Reserve
2 Canada Goose
2 Turkey Vulture
3 American Woodcock
1 Pileated Woodpecker
3 Eastern Phoebe
2 American Crow
2 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)
1 Song Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee
1 Northern Cardinal
3 Common Grackle
Number of Taxa: 13
Apr. 15—Fairfax Pond-Rehe Wildlife Management Area, Reedsville area, Preston County. 8:00 am where Decker’s Creek Trail crosses Route 92 just south of Reedsville. Leader: David Daniels.
Apr. 22—Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont. 8:00 am at rail trail parking lot next to fort. Leader: Sue Olcott. Sponsored by WV DNR and the park.
Apr. 25 (Tuesday)—Core Arboretum, Morgantown. 7:30 am at arboretum parking lot on Monongahela Boulevard. Leader: Larry Schwab. Sponsored by the arboretum.
April 28: Mountaineer Audubon- Annual Spring Banquet Speaker: Katie Fallon
This program will be based on Katie’s new book, Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird. The book chronicles the life and times of one of our most underappreciated and overlooked birds: the noble turkey vulture. The program will discuss this bird’s life history as well as the role vultures play in healthy ecosystems. In addition to her role with Mountaineer Audubon, Fallon is one of the co-founders of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia. She is the author, previously, of Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird, and is the author of a book for children, Look, See the Bird!, which will be published this June. She has taught writing at Virginia Tech, West Virginia Wesleyan College, and WVU. She is pictured here with her friend “Boris,” a non-releasable turkey vulture.
Apr. 29—Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont. 8:00 am at rail trail parking lot next to fort. Leader: Sue Olcott. Sponsored by WV DNR and the park.
May 2 (Tuesday)—Core Arboretum, Morgantown. 7:30 am at arboretum parking lot on Monongahela Boulevard. Leader: LeJay Graffious. Sponsored by the arboretum.
May 6—Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont. 8:00 am at rail trail parking lot next to fort. Leader: Sue Olcott. Sponsored by WV DNR and the park.
May 9 (Tuesday)—Core Arboretum, Morgantown. 7:30 am at arboretum parking lot on Monongahela Boulevard. Leader: LeJay Graffious. Sponsored by the arboretum.
May 13—Cooper’s Rock State Forest, Morgantown Migratory Bird Day. 7:30 am at Raven Rock Trail parking lot. Leaders: David Daniels and Sue Olcott. Other leaders TBA. Sponsored by the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia.
May 20—Dorsey’s Knob Park, Morgantown. 8:00 am at mosaic wall parking area. Leader: John Boback.
May 27—Cranesville Swamp, Preston County. Meet at 8:00 am at the parking lot just south of the Bruceton Mills exit off I-68. We will car pool from there to Cranesville Swamp where we will meet a group from the Potomac Valley Audubon Society at 8:45. Co-sponsored by Mountaineer Audubon and the Potomac Valley Audubon Society. Leaders: David Daniels and LeJay Graffious.
Jun. 10—Spring Bird Walk, West Virginia Botanical Garden, Tyrone Road. 7:30 am. Join local birder LeJay Graffious on an early morning bird walk. We will be birding by eye and ear to search in the bushes and boughs for our feathered friends. Bring binoculars if you have them. All ages. Sponsored by the West Virginia Botanical Garden. Please pre-register online at www.wvbg.org. For questions related to the WVBG, please call (304) 322-2093.
We were pleased that the Dominion Post ran and article about winter birds. To read the complete article, click on Winter Bird Watch.