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News Release: July 2, 2013

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov


Kanawha State Forest 304-558-3500 304-558-2771 DNR.Parks@wv.gov

Louisiana Waterthrush is the Featured Bird of the Month at Kanawha State Forest July 6, 2013

            CHARLESTON, W.Va.  – A special bird walk and associated activities are scheduled Saturday, July 6, at Kanawha State Forest beginning at 10 a.m. The featured bird is the Louisiana Waterthrush.  The activity begins at the campground parking lot and proceeds to Shelter #4. The interpretative activity is open to the public without charge.  Activity leaders are Master Naturalists Sara Miller and Lynn Hartman.

            Kanawha State Forest plans to feature a bird each month of the year to introduce people to more than 300 species of birds that can be seen or heard across West Virginia.

What is a Louisiana Waterthrush?

            A bird of forest streams, the Louisiana Waterthrush looks like a thrush or sparrow; however, the bird is a warbler. This species has a relatively small breeding range, low overall density, and dependence on clear forest streams both on its breeding and tropical wintering grounds.  This species breeds in the eastern United States and migrates in the winter to Central Mexico. Learn more about birds in forested landscapes at Cornell Lab of Ornithology at www.birds.cornell.edu.

            Kanawha State Forest features camping, hiking and biking trails and an outdoor swimming pool open to the public.  For forest information call 304-558-3500 or visit www.kanawhastateforest.com.