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.

 Winter Waterfowl Survey Results

1/24/2014
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Wildlife biologists in West Virginia counted 8,797 ducks and 6,709 Canada geese during the annual mid-winter waterfowl survey conducted in early January, according to Steve Wilson, waterfowl biologist for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section.
           
“Duck numbers were the highest since 2001, 67 percent higher than 2013 and 123 percent above the 10-year average,” Wilson said. “Canada goose numbers were up 7 percent from the previous year and their numbers were 40 percent above the long-term average.” 
           
Canada Goose
Canada geese, mallards and black ducks, as usual, were the most commonly observed species in the 2014 survey.
The increase was not unexpected due to the weather that occurred in December. When cold weather freezes up smaller, still water and there is snow covering farm fields, waterfowl are pushed south and/or forced to concentrate on larger bodies of water that are not frozen. 
           
“Waterfowl seasons are open through most of January, so hunters should be enjoying a great late season,” Wilson said.
           
Canada geese, mallards and black ducks, as usual, were the most commonly observed species in the 2014 survey. Many other waterfowl species were also observed, including canvasback, green-winged teal, pintail, widgeon, ring-necked duck, redhead, bufflehead, wood duck, gadwall, mergansers, snow geese and tundra swans. Five adult and five juvenile bald eagles and three golden eagles also were observed.
           
The survey was conducted Jan. 8-10, 2014, and included portions of the Kanawha, Ohio, Shenandoah and New rivers as well as Tygart and Bluestone lakes.

 


Area

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Kanawha River (Upper)

682

437

290

282

243

421

121

673

160

465

Kanawha River (Lower)

731

295

430

216

245

59

102

182

66

483

Ohio River (Lower)

2,969

2,263

1,238

1,672

1,342

1,017

1,195

764

849

1,321

Ohio River (Middle)

3,841

3,270

2,614

3,641

1,134

2,067

2,712

3,536

1,424

4,915

Tygart Lake/Pleasant Creek

243

0

213

11

254

16

82

15

212

170

Shenandoah River

81

155

85

36

81

57

136

588

18

154

Bluestone Lake/New River

250

289

382

404

417

267

696

389

139

281

Total

8,797

6,709

5,252

6,262

3,716

3,904

5,044

6,147

2,868

7,789

10-Year Average

3,941

4,807

3,300

4,604

3,036

4,352

3,333

4,729

4,905

5,154

 

Contact Information

Steve Wilson
304-637-0245