of West Virginia
Vivian Yeager unexpectedly passed away July 18. If the name is not familiar to you, her actions are. Vivian was the woman behind the scenes at the DNR office in Elkins who kept the Master Naturalist program running. She was the person who kept track of all of us. She processed the applications, mailed out the workbooks and badges, got our certificates signed, handled registration information for the state meeting, among many other things. She was the one who made sure tasks were completed for the Program. I know I will miss seeing her whenever I went to the Elkins office. I knew if there was ever a question or a problem, Vivian made sure it got answered. Godspeed, Vivian.
The 6th Annual State Master Naturalist meeting is now a memory. I think we can call it a success. If anyone wishes to post pictures, please send them to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will soon be receiving a survey to evaluate this year's meeting and asking if you have any suggestions for next year's meeting at North Bend State Park.
Sam Muncy was asked by several people in the Astrology class for his instructions to build MICAN. He has provided the instructions in pdf format. If you have any questions, please contact Sam at email@example.com
NPR wants to help you decode the sounds of animals in your backyard.
Wondering what kind of bird delivers your early morning wakeup call? Or which frogs are croaking and lurking in your pond? Use your smartphone or a tape recorder to capture the sounds (at least 15 seconds) of the mysterious creatures in your backyard and send the audio file to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Decoding Nature." We’ve enlisted the help of researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help decode the sounds in your recordings and identify the creatures. Make sure to include your full name and where you live in your email. And if you’d like, share your best guess as to the identity of your mysterious, noisy neighbor.
Be sure to visit Events & Volunteer Opportunities for upcoming state events.
There are eight currently active Master Naturalist Chapters located around the state and more can be expected to be added as interest develops.
If you are interested in becoming a West Virginia Master Naturalist, email us at email@example.com or fill-out the form available under the "Contact Us" heading in the Menu Bar at the top of this page.
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which will take you to the Official West Virginia Master Naturalist website which is operated by the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.