Nature & Science


Birds and Bird Watching

photo of Killdeer

The Monongahela is located in the Appalachian Mountains of east central West Virginia at elevations of 1,000 to 4,861 feet. The forest stands of various tree species and age classes, and non-forest areas--such as wetlands, cliffs, grassy meadows, and cascading streams--all provide places for birds to feed, rest, and raise their young. This diverse landscape provides habitat for 70 species of resident birds, 89 breeding neo-tropical migrants, and 71 nonbreeding migratory bird species.

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A Blooming Schedule

photo of Lady Slipper

This is a brief catalog of some of our favorite plant displays in West Virginia. It suggests times to see them, and how to get there. Dates given are only suggestive; in any given year vagaries of weather can upset any natural calendar by a week or more.

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