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News Release: February 23, 2017

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Julie McQuade, Pipestem Resort State Park Naturalist 304-466-1800 Julie.A.McQuade@wv.gov

It’s a good weekend to take a hike at Pipestem Resort State Park Special guided hikes scheduled Feb. 24-26

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – This is a good weekend to take a hike, and it’s an especially good weekend to hike at Pipestem Resort State Park in Summers County, with special guided hikes scheduled for each day.

“Winter months are good times to be outdoors,” said Julie McQuade, park naturalist at Pipestem. “The landscape has a different feeling from late November until spring greening.”

Guided nature hikes are scheduled through Feb. 26. No registration or fees are required. Just show up, bring some hiking shoes, wear weather-appropriate clothing, and head out on the trails.

Friday, Feb. 24    

McQuade’s Bird Walk departs from the Pipestem Nature Center at 10 a.m. for a 1-hour quest to spot some of our feathered friends. There will be a limited number of binoculars to use so bring your own if you have them. All skill levels welcome.

American Eagle is a video documentary which takes an unprecedented look at
this remarkable bird and its surprisingly tough struggle to survive in the wild. Rated PG, this
program begins at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 25

The Bald Eagle Caravan meets in the lobby of McKeever Lodge at 10 a.m. for car transportation to Bluestone Lake to observe some of the local bald eagles and other birds. There will be some binoculars available but please bring your own if you have them.  The event should last about an hour-and-a-half.

A Nature Hunt begins at the Nature Center at 2 p.m. Get a list of things to find outside around the nature center and show the naturalist your final list. If you find all the items, you’ll win a prize!

Sunday, Feb. 26  

You can join The Great Backyard Bird Count at Pipestem from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  Meet at the Nature Center. McQuade and visitors will watch and count the highest number of each bird species seen at a time.  The data collected are submitted to Project FeederWatch for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and to the West Virginia Winter Bird Count for the West Virginia Wildlife Diversity Program. Learn more about The Great Backyard Bird Count at http://gbbc.birdcount.org.

Of course, Pipestem’s trails are open for hiking on your own any time during park operating hours. 5K and 10K routes are marked for walking or running enjoyment. An unusual variation is “Wog the Golf Courses,” where guests are invited to “wog” (walk or jog) the golf course cart paths while enjoying the scenery. This event is available every evening from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Flashlights are suggested.

Daily activities at Pipestem and other state parks are posted at www.wvstateparks.com. The Events Calendar for 2017 is updated frequently with a variety of hikes, events, workshops and adventure packages. For more information about this weekend’s special hikes and other events at Pipestem Resort State Park, contact McQuade at 304-466-1800 Ext. 344.