West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 WVDNR seeks help locating whip-poor-wills

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources needs help in locating whip-poor-wills, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Section.

“If you see or hear whip-poor-wills in West Virginia between the dates of May 10 and July 31, please email DNR Wildlife Resources Section biologist Rich Bailey at richard.s.bailey@wv.gov,” Taylor said. “Include the date and location, being very specific; where you saw or heard the bird; your name and phone number; and whether you saw or heard the bird.”

The whip-poor-will is a gray, black and brown bird with a black throat. It is well-camouflaged and is easier to hear than see. Its namesake song is a loud, rhythmic “whip-poor-will” which it sings repeatedly at night.

“Recent Breeding Bird Survey data indicate significant population declines of this bird in nearby states, and your observations will enable us to get a better sense of their population status in West Virginia,” Bailey said.

The Wildlife Resources Section is also interested in discovering locations of barn owls and bald eagle nests. Please email Bailey if you see or hear either of these species with the same information as for the whip-poor-will. Barn owls have a distinctive white, heart-shaped face and a variety of unique calls including clicks, hisses, grunts and screams.

Contact Information

Rich Bailey, Wildlife Resources Section