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May Wonderful West Virginia magazine features Avian Antics, Sumner School, Furniture Craftsman Mark Soukup and Natural Treasures

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The May 2014 issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine, now on sale, features articles about national natural treasures Organ Cave and Fisher Spring Run Bog, avian entertainment provided by tree swallows and bluebirds, a history of Parkersburg's Sumner School, and a profile of master furniture craftsman Mark Soukup. This month's photo gallery features the work of Randall Sanger in the New River Gorge. The cover shows abundant wildflowers along the King Coal Highway.

National Natural Landmarks

Only 15 places in West Virginia bear this federal designation, due to their remarkable historical, biological and/or geological features. This article takes a look at Organ Cave and Fisher Spring Run Bog.

Avian Entertainment

Who needs Netflix or HBO? Come springtime, if you've got nest boxes, you could be glued to the antics and activities of two lively bird species – tree swallows and bluebirds. Also, some tips for capturing them on camera.

Education Landmark: Sumner School

In 1862, free blacks in what was then Parkersburg, Virginia, so wanted a school for their children that they appealed directly tor President Abraham Lincoln, who donated the school's first building. Sumner School ultimately became West Virginia's first black public school.

Fit for a President: Furniture by Mark Soukup

Using traditional materials and methods, this master craftsman creates authentic 18th-century furniture, including pieces prized by curators at the estates of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

Wonderful West Virginia magazine, the state's premier full-color magazine of history and outdoor adventure, is published monthly by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. It is available at newsstands for $3 a copy, or by subscription by calling 1-800-225-5982 or online at www.wonderfulwv.com.

A one-year subscription to the print version is $18 or two years for $36. It also is available for the iPad at an annual rate of $12 for 12 issues. Combined subscriptions for both print and iPad versions are available for $20 for 12 issues. Gift subscriptions also are available.

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