Sunday, May 29, 2011

The New River Gorge Birding and Nature Festival

The New River Gorge Birding and Nature Festival starts at 6 AM on the  Monday morning with a program called "Birding By Butt". It takes place on the Meadow at Possum Creek Retreat. Coffee is ready, and then right in the backyard there are numerous birds and also groups walked along the property to see the many different birds and flowers that are there. An excellent breakfast is served at around 8 AM. All the trip leaders make sure that the people can see the birds that were found and they also work to help people find life birds. Another group started the morning at Wolf Trap with bird banding and bird walks. This group joined us for lunch and we continued after lunch to bird the area.
Group _D074166West Virginia  May 02, 2011 NIKON D7000 Group _D074169West Virginia  May 02, 2011 NIKON D7000 Leader _D074168West Virginia  May 02, 2011 NIKON D7000
Showy Orchis _ROT1592West Virginia  May 01, 2011 NIKON D3S
Showy Orchis
Eastern Towhee _D074173West Virginia  May 02, 2011 NIKON D7000Eastern towhee 


Yellow Lady Slipper

The rest of the week starts with a buffet breakfast at Burnwood, then onto the buses for a day of birding, nature and making new friends. There are various trips each day taken people to defend habitats in order to see different species of birds birds, plants, and animals. At midday there is a break for lunch and then the day will finish up getting people back in time for them to rest or bird watching or sightsee on their own. Every evening there is a program presented after an enjoyable supper. These activities take place every day through Saturday.
Indigo Bunting_ROT2300West Virginia  NIKON D3S May 07, 2011
Indigo Bunting
 Red-spotted Newt_ROT2249West Virginia  NIKON D3S May 07, 2011red-spotted a Newt Butterfly's nutrient_ROT2243West Virginia  NIKON D3S May 07, 2011 butterflies on scat gathering nutrients that they need to help them make Cerulean_ROT2176West Virginia  NIKON D3S May 07, 2011 cerulean warbler Hooded Warbler_ROT2154West Virginia  NIKON D3S May 07, 2011 hooded wabler Groundhog_D074624West Virginia  NIKON D7000 May 06, 2011 groundhog lr Early Morning Light_D074615West Virginia  NIKON D7000 May 06, 2011 sunrise at Burnwood Luna Moth_D074605West Virginia  NIKON D7000 May 06, 2011Luna moth at the facility at Burnwood
fll Cranberry Glades_ROT1911West Virginia-Edit  NIKON D3S May 05, 2011 the Cranberry Glades is located at approximately 4000 feet in the southern Appalachians and is noted for the many species of blog plants that are present there including cranberries from which it gets its name .
fl Rain clouds over Meadow_ROT1864West Virginia  NIKON D3S May 04, 2011 this is a scenic of rain clouds over a meadow on one of our trips .
 
If you want a memorable experience, and think about attending next years New River Birding and Nature Festival. The website is at: http://www.birding-wv.com/