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New event at Blackwater Falls State Park: Biodiversity Weekend June 22-24
DAVIS, W.Va. – A nature adventure for people who appreciate the outdoors is planned at Blackwater Falls State Park the weekend of June 22-24. “Mountain Biodiversity Adventure is perfect if you want to learn a little more about the winged, mud, tree, flower, ecology or geology of the Mountain State,” said Paulita Cousin, park naturalist.
Weekend presentations include a Golden Eagle Survey; music of Mick Souter, “Celebrate West Virginia;” and the Three Rivers Avian Center’s Wings of Wonder – Birds of Prey program. Various experts in their fields of study and professions will lead walks, workshops, and provide programs. “It is a diverse weekend filled with natural history topics and a focus on our mountain region,” said Cousin.
Saturday field trips will feature these topics: Tree and Plant Identification Tour led by Alan Miller and Krista Schaffer; Crayfish Biology and Conservation with Dr. Zachary Loughman presenting and leading the search; Geology of West Virginia with geologist Ken Ashton; Cathedral State Park Field Trip and Tour with Supt. Eric Risinger; Bees, Beetles, and the Buzz about Pollinators with Emily Grafton; and Butterflies of West Virginia with Destiny Phillips. A bird walk is scheduled for Saturday at 7 a.m.
Special Saturday evening guest will be Dr. Thomas K. Pauley presenting Amphibians and Reptiles of West Virginia. Pauley, a Professor of Biological Sciences at Marshall University, is finishing a new book that covers the amphibians and reptiles in West Virginia’s state parks. Pauley specializes in ornithology, herpetology and conservation biology and has taught and worked with thousands of college students since 1966.
The complete weekend package, which includes five full meals, a two night stay at Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge, refreshments, memento, all activities and programs and associated taxes, is $203 per person based on double occupancy. Single, triple and quad rates are also available. Reservations are strongly encouraged and accepted until June 18, as space is available. To reserve the weekend package call Lois Reed at 304-259-5216 Monday-Friday, 8-4 or email Lois.A.Reed@wv.gov.
“Individuals are welcome to attend specific presentations and programs” said Cousin. To register for any session, email Paulita.L.Cousin@wv.gov for details and information. A donation per program is suggested, but not required, when attending individual presentations to offset costs. The Birds of Prey program by Three Rivers Avian Center Program on June 24 at 10 a.m. is open to the public without registration or charge. Activities start from or are held at Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge.
Blackwater Falls State Park is nestled high in the Allegheny Mountains and is named for its famous waterfall of the Blackwater River. Blackwater River plunges five stories to a cascade noted for its impressive beauty. Below the falls, the river thrusts itself through Blackwater Canyon, a deep gorge strewn with massive boulders. Blackwater Falls State park offers overnight lodging in 54 lodge guest rooms, 39 cabins with 26 units on the south side and 13 units on the north side. A 65-site campground is open and situated in wooded and partial wooded areas. Learn more at www.blackwaterfalls.com .