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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 firstname.lastname@example.org
Appalachian Spring Wings at West Virginia’s State Parks and Forests
Bird watching occurs whenever a person looks to the sky, tree, shrub or ground. Bird watching also involves listening. Whether it’s the “what cheer” call of a northern cardinal or the sewing machine sound of a black-and-white warbler, birds are just about anywhere you look or listen.
West Virginia’s state parks have scheduled a variety of birding events and activities the weekends of May 5 and May 12 coinciding with spring bird migration observation:
May 4-6, 2012
A banding station will be located at the lodge area from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, with licensed bander Joey Herron. Other events on Saturday include “Birds of West Virginia/The Importance of Migration” (10:30 a.m. to noon) and a field trip to Pleasant Creek WMA (1 to 4 p.m.) There is no charge to attend the programs or banding areas. Overnight rates are available.
Tygart Lake State Park is located near Grafton, W.Va. For information, contact Tygart Lake State Park at 304-265-6144 or email email@example.com.
May 5, 2012
For more information about Prickett’s Fort State Park, visit http://www.prickettsfort.org/events.htm or call 304-363-0303.
May 5, 2012
The event is organized by Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia. ACCA expects the festival to include guided morning bird walks (on the Raven Rock Trail and others); educational displays by local bird and environment groups; seminars on migratory bird conservation; and activities for families with children.
Coopers Rock State Forest is located near Morgantown, at Bruceton Mills, minutes off of I-68.
For more information, contact event organizer, Katie Fallon at 304-685-5292
May 5, 2012
Pipestem Resort State Park is located between Athens and Hinton on W.Va. 20. The park is less than half an hour off the I-77 Athens exit.
May 5, 2012
Watters Smith State Park is located in Lost Creek, south of Clarksburg, and minutes from I-79.
May 12, 2012
The kids’ area opens at 9 a.m. May 12 and includes interactive displays and activities at 9:30 a.m. Granny Sue will have crafts time. Wildlife biologist Jeff Hajenga will have a wildlife diversity presentation at 10 a.m. followed by a bug hunt at 11 a.m. with Terry Carrington, entomologist with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. Storytelling with Granny Sue is at 1:30 p.m. Additional crafts and bug hunting are afternoon activities.
Family events include 9:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. bird walks with Bev Delidow. The National Park Service Ranger also will lead a nature walk at 10:30 a.m. State photographer Steve Rotsch will offer a 1:30 p.m. photography workshop, during which attendees will have the opportunity to take pictures of raptors. The 3 p.m. event is a “feathery” activity to learn about birds by their feathers as attendees flock together.
Little Beaver State Park is located in Beaver W.Va., in Raleigh county. The park is minutes off I-64, at Exit 129A.
For more information about the Migration Celebration at Little Beaver State Park, visit www.tracwv.org or call 304-466-4683. West Virginia State Parks offer a variety of interpretative activities as well as special events throughout the year. For more information about these parks, events or activities, visit www.wvstateparks.com and click Event Calendar.