WVU Core Arboretum News and Notes
WVU Core Arboretum Spring Nature Walk Report
The WVU Department of Biology Spring Ephemeral Wildflower Walks and Mountaineer Audubon Spring Bird Walks at the WVU Core Arboretum were a success this year! In the course of three wildflower walks and four bird walks, over 45 species of plants were seen in bloom and over 70 bird species were seen and/or heard. We had great participation from community members and students, also! It seemed like everyone really enjoyed themselves, including the guides, and hopefully everyone learned something new. Most of the spring flowers are gone now, but the summer flowers are just getting started, and many of the birds will be here and singing for most of the summer. Come visit!
WVU Core Arboretum/WVU Herbarium 2016 Newsletters
Graduate student research at WVU Core Arboretum
As part of my research with the West Virginia Climate History Project, I am monitoring the wildflowers in the Arboretum to determine how long the flowers are in bloom. I will be monitoring bloodroot, trout lily, and cutleaf toothwort, which are wildflowers that bloom for a very short amount of time. I am also interested in learning how elevation in the Arboretum affects when the flowers bloom. This is part of a bigger research question that addresses how wildflowers are responding to a warming climate. If spring is coming earlier than it did 100 years ago, then how are the plants and animals responding? By studying spring wildflower blooming and bird migration in our backyards, we can better understand the future of ecosystems in the face of a changing climate.
by Lori Petrauski
Lori Petrauski is a graduate student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the WVU Division of Forestry and Natural Resources.
Spring Cleaning at WVU Core Arboretum
Volunteers from WVU Sierra Student Coalition, WVU Climbing Club, and a few who found us through the new WVU iServe helped with some spring cleaning at the Arboretum. They picked up lots of trash from along the banks of the Monongahela River on Saturday, March 5! We do not have a user-generated litter problem here at the Arboretum, but the river continually deposits trash along its banks. This clean up is an annual task, unfortunately. Volunteers help keep the Arboretum beautiful!
by Zach Fowler
WVU Core Arboretum Calendar of Events
May 28: Magicicada Festival (all day)
We are excited for the emergence of Brood V of the 17 year periodical cicadas here at the Arboretum this spring, and we are holding a Magicicada Festival to celebrate these fascinating organisms! See the flyer below, and click on the image to access and download it as a PDF document.
WVU Core Arboretum Trail Map
Directions to WVU Core Arboretum
The WVU Core Arboretum is located adjacent to the WVU Coliseum and directly across Monongahela Blvd. from the WVU Creative Arts Center.