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Altona Marsh & Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management AreaInformation
Altona Marsh at Charles Town and Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area near Martinsburg in the eastern panhandle can provide rewarding birding experiences. Among others, Virginia Rails and Marsh Wrens nest at Altona Marsh. Sleepy Creek is productive during spring migration and breeding season when Whip-poor-wills and Pine Warblers are nesting. The eastern panhandle is the only area of the state where both Fish Crows and Loggerhead Shrikes can be found.
Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls State ParksWebsite
Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls state parks in Tucker County offer a wide variety of birding habitats and stunning scenery. Canaan Valley contains almost every type of habitat found in the state. It is suspected that Common Snipe and American Bitterns breed here. Once a documented nester, Sedge Wren may still breed in remote locations in the valley. In recent years, Black Vultures have established permanent residency in Black Water Falls State Park and Rough-legged Hawks are common winter residents in Canaan Valley. Also of interest in nearby Dolly Sods Wilderness Area is the Allegheny Front Migration Observatory. Every year from mid-August to mid-September, The Brooks Bird Club conducts a passerine banding operation. The station is situated along the eastern edge of the Allegheny Front which offers some of the most spectacular views in the state.
Cathedral State ParkWebsite
Cathedral State Park located just off of US Route 50 in Preston County, contains one of the few remaining stands of mixed, old-growth timber in West Virginia. Several trails through the park provide ample birding opportunities amidst sublime surroundings. Some of the birds found nesting in the park are Scarlet Tanager, Red-eyed and Blue-headed Vireos, Louisiana Waterthrush and Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green and Canada Warblers.
Also in Preston County is botanic-rich Cranesville Swamp. Just a few of the interesting plant species that can be found along the boardwalk are large cranberry, sundew and eastern larch. Saw-whet Owls are year-round residents and among others, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Alder Flycatcher, Hermit Thrush, Northern Waterthrush and Golden-winged Warblers breed here. Nashville Warblers have been found breeding here in the past and may still be present as nesters.
Gaudineer Knob Recreation Area & Barton KnobInformation
Located in Randolph and Pocahontas Counties, Gaudineer Knob Recreation Area and nearby Barton Knob provide some of the richest birding in the state. Northern Goshawk, Saw-whet Owl, Olive-sided Flycatcher and Red Crossbill are possibilities here during breeding season. Winter Wrens are abundant and with the exceptions of Gray-cheeked and Bicknell`s, all of the eastern thrush species breed in this area. Other species you`re likely to encounter are Golden-crowned Kinglet, Red-breasted Nuthatch, the mountain type of Blue-headed Vireo, Dark-eyed Junco and Yellow-rumped Warbler. If that`s not enough, Gaudineer Knob is one of the best locations in the state for find Mourning, Blackburnian and Canada Warblers.
Number of bird species: 329
The West Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas(Pitt Series in Nature and Natural History) Albert R. Buckelew Jr., George A. Hall Hardcover - 232 pages (June 1994) University of Pittsburgh Press
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Audubon Society in West VirginiaWebsite
Usual list of local chapters.
Brooks Bird ClubWebsite
The Brooks Bird Club is an independent, educational, non-profit organization which promotes the study and enjoyment of birds and other elements of the natural world. Its purpose is to inform members and the public of environmental issues, to encourage intelligent use of our natural resources and preservation of our natural heritage. The club undertakes studies which have scientific value, including population and breeding bird surveys.
Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird ClubWebsite
The Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club meets the second Monday of each month, January-May, September-December. The next meeting is scheduled for 7:00 pm Monday, February 12, 2001 in Room 204 of the Activities Building at First Presbyterian Church in Charleston...
Mountaineer Audubon SocietyWebsite
PO Box 422, Morgantown, WV 26505-0422 - Susan Olcott, President
Nature Conservancy in West VirginiaWebsite
Welcome to The Nature Conservancy's West Virginia Chapter home page. Here you'll find information on the many ways we're working to help preserve the diversity of living things by protecting the habitats they call home. Our foray into cyberspace is just beginning, but we hope we are meeting your most immediate needs for information. As our Web page construction efforts continue, we will bring you much more about our work in West Virginia. In the coming months, we'll be adding new stories and pictures, and we hope you'll stop by frequently...
Potomac Valley Audubon SocietyWebsite
PVAS is a chapter of the National Audubon Society and covers the counties of Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan in West Virginia and Washington in Maryland. Monthly meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May, at the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
West Virginia Bird Records CommitteeWebsite
Until recently the criterion for adding a species to the official state list of bird species was to have a specimen preserved in a museum. Today it is impossible to use this criterion since collecting permits are difficult to obtain, and most of the birding community is unhappy with the idea of collecting...
Canaan Valley Birding Festivalhttp://canaanvalley.org
June 3-5, 2011 - Itís a high-mountain paradise with more miles of trail than road, more designated wilderness areas than traffic lights, more room to roam, and more adventure than you can shake a hiking stick at. From the rugged beauty of the Blackwater Canyon to the pristine back country of the Dolly Sods wilderness, itís a world untouched, unhurried, and unrivaled...
New River Birding & Nature Festivalhttp://www.birding-wv.com
The New River Birding & Nature Festival takes place in and around the New River Gorge National River. Administrated by the National Park Service, this area is the heart of the upland, hardwood forests that Cornell Lab of Ornithology has identified as a crucial stopover habitat for the continued survival of species such as Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Swainson's Warbler, as well as the Scarlet Tanager. This bird watching festival highlights more than 100 bird species on a variety of birding tours...
Hanging Rock Raptor ObservatoryObservatory
Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory on Peter's Mountain in Monroe County, West Virginia, is a former fire tower now used to monitor raptor migration. Every year, starting around the first of September, volunteers man the tower to watch for migrating hawks, eagles, falcons, and ospreys.
Other ReservesCanaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge at Davis
Dolly Sods National Wilderness Area in Grant County
The Nature Conservancy's Cranseville Swamp Preserve
Cranberry Glades Botanic Area
Three Rivers Avian CentreWebsite
Welcome to a place in West Virginia's New River Gorge which is dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured raptors and other wild birds. A place for people to rediscover our environment from the point of view of creatures whose powers of perception and locomotion rank them as nature's premier symbols of freedom and grace.
Yankauer Nature PreserveWebsite
The Yankauer Preserve is an encouraging example of what happens to agricultural land after it is given back to nature. Located between the towns of Bedington and Shepherdstown, the preserve was a gift to The Nature Conservancy of West Virginia (TNC) by Dr. and Mrs. Alfred Yankauer. It is jointly managed by TNC and PVAS. In one of the fastest growing parts of the state, this 107 acre Preserve becomes more unique and irreplaceable each year. Interpretive signs for the Kingfisher Trail have been installed.
2001 [July] - Robert RoyseReport
Yesterday I took a quick tick-and-run excursion into West Virginia to look for Swainson`s Warblers. While not a real birding trip in the sense of my previous postings, I thought I`d include here anyway for fellow Ohio birders who might like directions to a reliable spot for Swainson`s Warblers. West Virginia offers a lot of possibilities for birding exploration from the banks of the Ohio River to the top of the Appalachians, but that will have to wait until the future for me.
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
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Situated in one of the most scenic and tranquil settings in the Mid-Atlantic, with unlimited recreation and family-focused activities, Canaan Valley Resort is a four-season destination providing the perfect escape from the pressures of daily life. Fifteen miles long by three miles wide, Canaan Valley is the highest mountain valley east of the Rocky Mountains, with a base elevation of 3,100 feet. Canaan Valley Resort is nestled on a plateau overlooking the valley, offering sweeping views of the surrounding peaks...
Germany Valley Overlook CabinsAccommodation
Secluded West Virginia cabins, with panoramic views of Spruce Knob, Seneca Rocks, and Germany Valley. Nelson Rocks for climbers, North Fork of the Potomac for fishing, North Mountain Trail for hikers, and the entire Monongahela National Forest are minutes away...
The Cedar House B&BAccommodation
You will enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the West Virginia hills located around this lovely bed & breakfast. The warm decor welcomes you as you enter to find true privacy and comfort and all the amenities of home. There is a private wrap-around deck providing seasonal views for a perfect retreat... 92 Trenol Heights, Milton, WV 25541, 304-743-5516
Introduced Birds - John L TrappBlog
...The one thing that has remained constant in my life is birds: I eat, drink, sleep, and even dream birds. Birds are my vocation as well as my avocation...
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