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Kanawha State Forest Bird of the Month: August - Cerulean Warbler Special Program and Bird Walk Set for August 24
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It’s international flight time for the Cerulean warbler. This bird winters in Colombia, South America, and she’ll be taking off soon, according to Master Naturalists Lynn Hartman and Sara Miller.
A program about Cerulean warblers and a bird walk are scheduled for 10 a.m. on August 24 at Kanawha State Forest. The program and walk are open to the public without charge. Meet at the ball field across from the archery range at the forest. Hartman and Miller will trace this beautiful bird’s journey, traveling thousands of miles to her winter home, and discuss the mystery behind her migration and epic flight through North America to the final destination on the continent of South America.
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.
About Cerulean Warblers
The sky-blue Cerulean warbler (Setophaga cerulean) is a small bird of the deciduous forest treetop. It nests and forages higher in the canopy than most other warblers. Eighty percent of the population breeds in the Appalachian Mountains, which includes all of West Virginia. Its song is buzzy notes ending in a higher pitched trill, "zee zee zee zizizizi eeet." On the wintering grounds in South America, the Cerulean warbler usually is found in mixed-species foraging flocks, associating with tropical tanagers and other resident species. Learn more about this species at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/cerulean_warbler/id .
Photo courtesy of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.