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.

Business

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.

Education

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.

Employment

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.

Family

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.

Health

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.

Tourism

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.

 "Wings of Wonder" soar at West Virginia State Parks in 2013

4/18/2013
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Birds of prey can be seen this spring and summer at West Virginia state parks, and not just in the sky and trees. Park visitors and guests will be introduced to eagles and other raptors throughout the summer program series, “Wings of Wonder – Birds of Prey” from May through September.

The presentation of live birds by Three Rivers Avian Center (TRAC) is an up-close look at live hawks, owls and eagles. The program includes information about habitats, diet and behavior of each bird presented, the most common causes of injury to each species, and the laws protecting these special birds.

Three Rivers Avian Center will present “Wings of Wonder” at several West Virginia state parks in 2013. The educational program lasts about one hour. The presenters welcome questions and interaction. There is no charge to attend and the programs are open to the public.

“Wings of Wonder” at West Virginia State Parks dates
5/3 – Tygart Lake – 7 p.m.
6/8 – Pipestem Resort – 8 p.m.
6/15 – Beech Fork – 7 p.m.
6/20 – Holly River – 3 p.m.
6/22 – Watoga – 3 p.m.
6/23 – Blackwater Falls – 10 a.m.
6/28 – Twin Falls Resort – 7 p.m.
6/29 – Babcock – 7 p.m.
8/10 – North Bend – 7 p.m.
8/11 – Tomlinson Run – 1 p.m.
8/17 – Cacapon Resort – 7 p.m.
8/24 – Blennerhassett Island – 1:30 p.m.
9/14– Kanawha State Forest – 1p.m.

TRAC also will sponsor a “Migration Celebration” at Little Beaver State Park on May 11, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is an all-day, family event with games, birding walks, arts and crafts, and entertainment. There is no charge to attend.

Other raptor watching opportunities in West Virginia state parks
Bald and golden eagles are becoming more widespread in West Virginia. Sightings at Tygart Lake, Hawks Nest, and Cacapon state parks are reported frequently. In the Pipestem area, where Pipestem and Bluestone state parks are located, birders conduct annual surveys.

Spring eagle surveys this year support past survey findings that eagles are indeed wintering and breeding in the Pipestem area; observers have recorded sightings of immature through four-year old birds.

“To see a bald or golden eagle in flight is a treat,” said Jim Phillips, naturalist at Pipestem Resort State Park. Phillips conducts eagle watches in the spring months. Eagle watches are generally scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and depart from the park nature center. Call 304-466-1800 x344 or visit www.pipestemresort.com, “Things to Do,” Weekly Activities.

“Raptors are extremely interesting creatures,” said Renee Fincham, naturalist at Cacapon Resort State Park. “We believe visitors enjoy learning more about the outdoors. For me, there is great joy in bird watching and the opportunity to see birds of prey.” Fincham conducts bird-watching activities as part of the interpretative programming service at Cacapon.

For more events, activities and about accommodations and camping at West Virginia State Parks, visit www.wvstateparks.com.

Contact Information

Ron Perrone, Three Rivers Avian Center
 
ron@tracwv.org