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.

 Time to Put Up Hummingbird Feeders and a Recipe for Nectar

3/2/2009 The return of spring also means the return of the ruby-throated hummingbird to West Virginia and time to put up your hummingbird feeders, according to Rob Tallman of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Section.

The ruby-throated hummingbird is the only hummingbird to breed east of the Mississippi River, although rarely, other species are seen in the Mountain State. This bird occurs throughout the state in mixed woodlands, orchards and backyard habitats with much open land and blooming flowers nearby.

“Hummingbirds feed on nectar with a long, brush-like tongue. They also consume tiny insects and spiders. Because of the hummingbirds’ fondness for nectar, they can easily be attracted to your backyard by feeders or plantings of flowers,” Tallman says.

Many styles of commercial hummingbird feeders are available. The feeders most attractive have some red color located on them and incorporate perches. Although you can buy nectar, a much cheaper and equally nutritious mixture can be made by mixing one part white table sugar with four parts boiling water. Make sure all of the sugar is dissolved in the boiling water; remove from heat and chill. Do not increase the amount of sugar in the mixture because higher concentrations of sugar can damage the kidneys of hummingbirds. In addition, do not use honey or artificial sweeteners. Honey provides a good medium for the growth of bacteria and fungi that may be FATAL to hummingbirds. Artificial sweeteners do not provide the necessary calories required for the hummingbird’s high metabolism. Also, you do not need to add red food coloring to attract hummers.

A note of caution is needed here. To prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and fungus, clean your feeder once a week. Discard the old solution, and clean the feeder with very hot, soapy water and a bottle brush to reach the small nooks and crannies. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.

Hummingbirds are highly protective of their territories surrounding feeders and will actively chase away other hummers. Their aerial antics and chases are always amazing to watch.

So put up a feeder. You will be rewarded with a summer full of active, delightful hummingbirds. For more information contact the West Virginia DNR  Wildlife Resources Section, P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241 or call (304)-637-0245.

Contact Information

Rob Tallman
304-637-0245
robtallman@wvdnr.gov