Master Naturalist Program
Area nature lovers, 16 years of age and older, can now be trained and certified as Master Naturalists. The new program was developed by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, and the Good Zoo at Oglebay has been chosen as a training site. The cooperative program, led by the WV Division of Natural Resources with assistance from Davis and Elkins College, Canaan Valley Institute and the WV Cooperative Extension Service, has selected the Good Zoo at Oglebay as a training site. Good Zoo educators will be teaching the classes, along with the Schrader Environmental Education Center staff, the West Virginia Department of Natural Resource’s biologists, and university experts.
Scarlet Tanager, Winter Mushroom, Forest Log Millipede and Wild Columbine (c) Bill Beatty
The Pocahontas Nature Club is a group of people interested in learning about nature in Pocahontas County and the surrounding area.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pocahontasnatureclub/members/
Dedicated to the conservation and appreciation of West Virginia’s native plants and habitats
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/231698280260622/
Blue-eyed Mary (c) Bill Beatty
The Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania (BSWP) is one of
the oldest botanical organizations in the country. Since 1886, our members have met, botanized, and served as a resource of knowledge on the flowers of Pennsylvania.
Our group is a mixture of both professional and amateur botanists. BSWP meets monthly, September through June, and features excellent speakers. Field trips are frequent.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Botanical-Society-of-Western-Pennsylvania/1563403187282044
Virginia Rail (c) Bill Beatty
The Three Rivers Birding Club was formed in July of 2001. Today, there are over 220 members who appreciate birds and the natural world of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Our members are diverse: we have naturalists, teachers, plumbers, electricians, chemists, laborers, students, retirees, doctors and others.
First and foremost, we have many outings to locations in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. We meet 6 times a year to see slide shows and hold workshops mainly about birds, bringing in the most outstanding speakers we can find.
And we socialize with each other a lot, at meetings and outings, because we are birders who like the company of other birders.
Face Book page: https://www.facebook.com/ThreeRiversBirdingClub?fref=ts
Acadian Flycatcher at nest (c) Bill Beatty
Mountaineer Audubon is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society. Our region encompasses Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor Counties in North Central West Virginia and the southern portions of Greene and Fayette Counties in Pennsylvania. The Mountaineer Audubon chapter was founded in the early 1970s.
To promote the enjoyment, conservation and understanding of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats through birding, education, and outreach.
Face book: https://www.facebook.com/mountaineeraudubon?fref=ts
Ralph Bell banding at the AFMO (c) Bill Beatty
The bird banding station on Dolly Sods is officially known as the Allegheny Front Migration Observatory (AFMO). On October 10, 2004, Ralph banded the 200,000th bird, a male black-throated blue warbler. Ralph founded the AFMO in 1958 and over 250,000 birds have been banded there.
The Ralph Bell Birding Extravaganza (c) Bill Beatty
The Ralph K. Bell Bird Club is located in Greene County, PA, southwest of Pittsburgh.
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Gray Catbird feeding baby and Red Spruce seedling (c) Bill Beatty
The Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club (formerly Westmoreland County Bird Club) was formed on Feb 26, 1981 to promote interest in birds and conservation and to provide field trips in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Thirty or more field trips are scheduled every year and these are not entirely limited to birds. When the birds do not cooperate we concentrate on botany, herps (reptiles & amphibians) and insects.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1535503720023324/
The Headquarters is in Wheeling, WV with other chapters in different parts of WV.
The Brooks Bird Club, Inc. 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.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BBCWV/