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Young Birders Walk

It's never too early to become a birder! This walk will introduce children of all ages and their parents to the wonder and joy of birds and bird watching. Bring binoculars and a bird guide if you have them. This walk is offered in conjunction with the West Virginia Young Birders Club and will be led by Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia’s Director, Katie Fallon. Appropriate for all ages. Free. Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. Space is limited, register today! All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Park in the lower parking area. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs and are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Donations are appreciated and can be made online, or at the kiosk by the lower lot. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Young Birders Walk

It's never too early to become a birder! This walk will introduce children of all ages and their parents to the wonder and joy of birds and bird watching. Bring binoculars and a bird guide if you have them. This walk is offered in conjunction with the West Virginia Young Birders Club and will be led by Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia’s Director, Katie Fallon. Appropriate for all ages. Free. Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. Space is limited, register today! All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Park in the lower parking area. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs and are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Donations are appreciated and can be made online, or at the kiosk by the lower lot. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Young Birders Walk

It's never too early to become a birder! This walk will introduce children of all ages and their parents to the wonder and joy of birds and bird watching. Bring binoculars and a bird guide if you have them. This walk is offered in conjunction with the Avian Conservation Center's Young Birders Club and will be led by ACCA Director Katie Fallon. All ages. Free. Please register online at www.wvbg.org by the Friday prior to the event.

Spring Bird Walk

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. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org * 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.

Young Birders Walk

It's never too early to become a birder! This walk will introduce children of all ages and their parents to the wonder and joy of birds and bird watching. Bring binoculars and a bird guide if you have them. This walk is offered in conjunction with the Avian Conservation Center's Young Birders Club and will be led by ACCA Director Katie Fallon. All ages. Free.

Spring Bird Walk

Come celebrate the joys of spring with a Saturday morning bird walk. Staff of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources will lead the public on this annual rite of passage. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. Free and open to the public.

Spring Bird Walk

Come celebrate the joys of spring with a Saturday morning bird walk. Staff of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources will lead the public on this annual rite of passage. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. Free and open to the public.

Spring Bird Walks

Come celebrate the joys of spring with a Saturday morning bird walk. Staff of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources will lead the public on this annual rite of passage. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. Free and open to the public.

Birding Around the Sun (Easy Hike)

Hike and explore Kanawha State Forest through the seasons with Saturday bird hikes. On these Saturday hikes you will learn about changes in bird behavior, from singing to nesting to migration. Spotted Salamander Trail, .25 miles. Meet at the Nature Center 15 minutes before we embark. Dress according to hike difficulty and weather. Bring water, a snack and binoculars if you have them. Contact: Naturalist Sara Miller, 304-558-3500.

EAGLE SURVEY of the PIPESTEM AREA – Pipestem Restort State Park

An annual survey of the skies and waterways for golden and bald eagles in the Pipestem area. From 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. volunteers are assigned stations at various areas to watch and record sightings. Naturalist Julie McQuade will take calls and emails from interested individuals for this survey and compile a contact list for the survey team. The team will then assign survey sites and contact individuals with survey info, maps, etc.; paring novice and avid birders. Individuals wanting meet McQuade at the Pipestem Nature Center and caravan to the Pits at the mouth of the Bluestone River, should meet at 9:00 a.m. The survey is from 10:00am - 2:00pm. The all teams meet at Dairy Queen to compile data. Please contact Julie to indicate participation by January 2, 2017. Jim Phillips, retired naturalist, continues to coordinate this area wide event.

Hawk Gawk & Warbler Walk

Hawk Gawk & Warbler Walk, fall birding weekend October 7-9, 2016 with educator-naturalist Dr. Bill Hilton Jr, and Warbler Guide co-author Tom Stephenson! Our exclusive Hawk Gawk & Warbler Walk fall birding weekend is limited to 12 guests. This up-close, hands-on, small-group weekend of feathered fun, brilliant trip leaders and awesome people with similar interests offers a unique opportunity to work closely with Warbler Guide co-author Tom Stephenson and educator-naturalist Dr. Bill Hilton Jr. to enhance your skills in raptor and fall warbler identification while having fun. We begin Friday at 6pm with dinner and a raptor presentation (the Hawk Talk), with former Hawk Mountain staff member Dr. Bill Hilton Jr. Saturday is spent with Bill putting our raptor identification skills into practice with breathtaking sightings and scenery. Beginning with a 6am breakfast rendezvous, then we'll be on our way to the witness migrating raptors (the Hawk Gawk), at Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory - field trip transportation is provided. Along the way, we'll stop at a unique market where you may buy lunch to be enjoyed in the field later, then we're off to a 20 to 30 minute hike (eight-tenths of a mile; moderate difficulty) up the mountain to the Hanging Rock Tower. Saturday evening, regroup and relax at 6pm with dinner and a warbler presentation (the Warbler Talk), with one of the foremost warbler experts Tom Stephenson. Come together again Sunday at 8am at Wolf Creek Park, fall warblers are the main feature (Warbler Walk) with Tom Stephenson as we explore to the Wetlands Boardwalk and Nature Trails at Wolf Creek Park (an easy walk on mostly level ground). Then we wrap up our Hawk Gawk & Warbler Walk weekend with brunch with Bill and Tom. $399/individual, and $700/couple. A major portion of each registration is a tax deductible donation to the 501C3 Fayette County Education Fund to provide youth environmental education. *Lodging is not provided ... see website for full details*

Blennerhassett Island – June 4 – ALL ABOUT BIRDS

Nature Walk - "All About Birds" in a great for getting outside and exploring the island. At least 14 species of birds adapted to life along the river. Learn bird characteristics through scavenger-like clues including the food that birds eat; descriptions of feet, beaks, and overall bird shapes is part of the fun. Walk begins at 2:00pm and concludes around 3:15pm. There is no fee to participate in "All About Birds". Its National Trails Day - what better way to enjoy the outdoors than a walk on the island and some birdwatching. Please ride the 1:00 boat to the island to make sure you get to this great nature walk. Boat tickets are sold at the Blennerhassett Museum which is located at 137 Juliana Street in downtown Parkersburg, WV.

Tygart Lake State Park – 4/29 – SPRING MIGRATION BIRDING/BANDING WEEKEND

Spring Migration Birding Banding Weekend. For the love of birds! Saturday and Sunday join Birder Joey Herron as he bands various breeding and migrating birds of West Virginia passing through or to West Virginia. Learn to identify birds by both sight and sound! One of our most popular weekends that attracts visitors from across the United States to see bird species here in West Virginia in the Tygart Lake area. Stay at Tygart Lake Lodge this weekend. Ask for the 'birders' discount of 20% off standard rates. Hope to see you at this awesome bird watching weekend. Call 304-265-6144.

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.

Pricketts Fort Lecture Series: Birding in Marion County with Joey Herron

Discover the wonderful world of birding as Joey Herron takes you through Marion County and discusses the many species of song birds as well as some of the birds of prey that can be seen at Morris Park and Pricketts Fort as well as some other points in Marion Co. Please were your walking shoes as Joey may want to do a little birding after the lecture (weather permitting). Joey Herron was raised in Lewis Co. West Virginia and has 44 years of birding experience and research. Joey is a 1980 graduate of Glenville State College with a BS degree in Biology. Joey is a master bird bander with the Us Geological Service. He is an instructor for Pierpont Community College Lifelong Learners and is a published author. Free and open to the public.

Kanawha State Forest – 2/13 – GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT & HIKE

Join naturalist Sara Miller at the nature center (pool parking lot) at 10:00 a.m. Hot drinks will be provided. The morning's bird watching will begin with a 15-20 minute Great Backyard Bird Count feeder watch near the pool building, after which all are welcome to participate in a GBBC hike. The hike will be approx. 2 miles, easy to moderate. Bring binoculars, warm clothes as needed, and a bird guide if you have one! The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy. The activities engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Visit gbbc.birdcount.org to learn about the national involvement. Find more events at WVs state parks at wvstateparks.com

New River Hummingbird Festival

August 13, 2016, 8 a.m. - Noon at Honeysuckle Hill Gardens Join internationally known hummingbird expert Dr. Bill Hilton Jr. for a morning of up-close, hands-on experience with Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Hilton will capture, band, and release hummingbirds while explaining the secrets of their feeding, nesting, and migration behavior; he will talk about results of his ten years of work with ruby-throats in Central America and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers about hummers, including how to design a habitat to attract these tiny birds to your back yard or school grounds. Preregistration admission is $10 per adult, $5 per child ages 15-18, free for ages 14 and under. Or $10 per person at the event. Hummingbird feeders, t-shirts, and loads of plants will be available for purchase and donation at the event while supplies last. Portions of proceeds go to the 501C3 Fayette County Education Fund - to secure the future of Fayette County by providing relevant Leadership and Environmental Training to the community, with an emphasis on youth education. New River Hummingbird Festival was born in 2010 as an outreach program of the New River Birding & Nature Center - Sharing the secrets of science and nature in the New River watershed with West Virginians and their friends.