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Winter Birds of Monongalia County

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 members, $15 for non-members. Please register by Thursday, November 9. * All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or info@wvbg.org if you have any questions.

Woodcock Walk

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. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * 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. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or info@wvbg.org if you have any questions.

Birding Around the Sun

Observe seasonal changes in bird behavior, from singing and nesting to migration. Learn about birding, bird ecology, and why birds are important parts of the natural environment. This hike will take place on Pigeon Roost/Ridge Roads/Black Bear. Difficult, 4 miles. Meet at the Nature Center 15 minutes before the hike. Dress according to hike difficulty and weather. Bring water, a snack, and binoculars if you have them. Contact Sara Miller, Naturalist, 304-558-3500

Great Backyard Bird Count – Kanawha State Forest

Take part with over 100,000 birders from over 130 countries to observe and count bird species, contributing to a massive amout of data used to track "the health of bird populations on a global scale." gbbc.birdcount.org/2016-gbbc-summary/ - It's a nationwide community of birders! Meet at the Kanawha State Forest Nature Center at 2 p.m. We plan to have a feeder count followed by a bird hike. Data collected from the day will be submitted to eBird. Free to the public. Three pairs of binoculars are available for borrow. Join us!

Birding Around the Sun

Observe seasonal changes in bird behavior, from singing and nesting to migration. Learn about birding, bird ecology, and why birds are important parts of the natural environment. This hike will take place at Range Road and Ellison Pond. Easy to moderate. Meet at the Nature Center 15 minutes before the hike. Dress according to hike difficulty and weather. Bring water, a snack, and binoculars if you have them. Contact Sara Miller, Naturalist, 304-558-3500.

Birding Around the Sun

Hike and explore Kanawha State Forest through the seasons with Saturday bird hikes. CCC Snipe Trail and Shrewsbury Hollow. Easy with moderate sections. 2 miles. Observe changes in bird behavior, from singing and nesting to migration. Learn about birding, bird ecology, and why birds are important parts of the natural environment. Meet at the Nature Center 15 minutes before departure. Hike locations will be on a rotating schedule, and hike routes will be of varying levels of difficulty. Dress according to hike difficulty and weather. Bring water, a snack, and binoculars. (A few pairs of binoculars are available to borrow.) For questions, contact Naturalist Sara Miller at 304-558-3500. Details can also be found on the Kanawha State Forest Foundation's Facebook page.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Bird Day

Join us for a fall bird walk led by local birder John Boback, a live bird presentation by the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, and basic birding skills and winter bird Identification by Mountaineer Audubon. See www.wvbg.org for schedule of events. All ages are welcome. This event is free and open to the public, Please refrain from bringing your pet. Meet in the lower parking lot of the Botanic Garden.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Spring Bird Walk

April 23, 7:30 a.m. Spring Bird Walk Join local birder Terry Bronson 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.