Birds & Bugs (The Foods Birds Eat) presented for the Ohio County Master Gardeners – 7 pm, April 22, 2019

In addition to their physical and musical beauty, birds provide amazing value to every environment they occupy because of the foods they eat. I will show and discuss many kinds of birds as I explain about these unsung heroes of the ecosystem. The program will be at the Schrader Environmental Education Center in Oglebay Park, Wheeling, WV.

Left to right – American Robin, Gray Catbird and Wood Thrush (Photos (c) Bill Beatty)

The Eastern Bluebird will be highlighted and I will give strategies for how to attract these beautiful and valuable birds to your property.

Photos (c) Bill Beatty

The public garden lecture series is free and open to the public, but they do appreciate a $5 free-will donation.

Refreshments will be provided.

Door prize will be provided.

Directions to the Schrader Environmental Education Center:,-80.6639009,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8835d0766f5f3fc9:0xf025f9c1966a2b82!8m2!3d40.096657!4d-80.6617122

Northern Saw-whet Owl program – for the Ralph K. Bell Bird Club – April 15, 2019

Jan and I operate a Northern Saw-whet Owl banding station in cooperation with Project Owlnet. This program at the April meeting of the Ralph K. Bell Bird Club will cover the natural history of the smallest eastern North American owl and the development of our banding program involving trapping, release and tracking these owls. The bird club meeting will begin at 7:15 pm followed by my presentation.

This program is free and open to the public. All are welcome!

Photos (c) Bill Beatty

The program will be at the Ralph K. Bell farm. Driving directions:,+Jefferson,+PA+15344/@39.9413651,-80.0616905,16.5z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x88350a4a18c4aa79:0xb07067e2ebe6aa24!8m2!3d39.9417472!4d-80.0585752

Wildflowers and Weeds for Master Naturalist, April 28, 2018, 9 am – Noon

This is a beautiful time of year to be in the woods!  Join me to learn about the incredible spring ephemeral wildflowers and those things we call “weeds”.  This program is open to the public, but you must pre-register.

Left to right… Sharplobe Hepatica, Blue-eyed Mary and Bloodroot (All photos (c) Bill Beatty)

Learn the major groups and important families of flowering plants.  Discover basic terms for describing flowering plants as well as how to collect and preserve plants.  Identifying flowering plants using field guides and keys will also be covered, as well as approaches to further study, including helpful references.  This class will meet at the zoo, then drive to the woods surrounding West Liberty University.  Participants will provide their own transportation to West Liberty.

Rainbows, Bluebirds and Buffleheads – Discovering Life Through Birds – in Zanesville, OH

Join me on April 10 at noon at the John McIntire Library in Zanesville, OH.  We’ll have fun as I tell some stories and answer questions.  The program is free and open to the public.  It is part of the “Lunch and Learn” series offered by the library.

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