WVU Core Arboretum News and Notes
Help us with a citizen science bird study!
June 1, 2018The urban bird demography project seeks to understand patterns of survival and habitat use of urban birds in and around Morgantown, West Virginia. We do so by placing markers on birds that allow us to distinguish among individuals. We then re-sight marked birds and record the location where we found the bird. You can help us re-sight marked birds! Follow the link below to read more about the project and learn how you can help us re-sight marked birds.
by Chris Rota
Chris Rota is an Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources at WVU
Nature Connection at WVU Core Arboretum
May 17, 2018
Local and regional experts on a variety of nature-related subjects give public talks at the Arboretum each summer as part of the WVU Core Arboretum Nature Connection Series. The Nature Connection Series talks happen on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 at the WVU Core Arboretum Amphitheater, starting in early June and continuing through late August. See either our Calendar of Events or Nature Connection Series page for speakers and talk titles. These talks are free and open to all, and no registration is required. All of the talks are outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Some of the talks include walking and/or fieldwork. Talks will be moved or cancelled if the weather is inclement. Come be a part of the WVU Core Arboretum nature crew!
The 2018 WVU Core Arboretum Nature Connection Series is supported by the WVU Department of Biology, the WVU Core Arboretum Endowment, and the Robert C. Cull Outreach Fellowship. All speakers are volunteers. Thank you to all who support the mission of WVU Core Arboretum!
by Zach Fowler
WVU Core Arboretum Spring Ephemeral Flower Poem
April 28, 2018The following letter and poem were recently shared with our director as an email from a visitor from China. Please read them; the poem is excellent, and it really captures the ecology of the spring ephemeral wildflowers!
WVU Core Arboretum Spring Flower Festival 2018
April 6, 2018Come to WVU Core Arboretum for our first Spring Flower Festival on Saturday, April 14, from 2-6 pm! This family-friendly, free event is open to everyone and will showcase the beautiful spring ephemeral wildflower display that happens every year in the Arboretum.
We will have wildflower tours, lawn games, nature activities for kids, food, live music and lots of information about other Arboretum programming. These flowers only last a couple weeks every year, so catch them while they’re out!
by Zach Fowler
Free, guided walks begin April 8 at WVU Core Arboretum
February 22, 2018
Spring will soon be here! Mark your calendars for the WVU Department of Biology spring ephemeral wildflower walks and the Mountaineer Audubon spring bird walks. These free, guided tours are a spring tradition at WVU Core Arboretum. Last year, in the course of three wildflower walks and four bird walks, over 45 species of plants were seen in bloom and over 70 species of birds were seen and/or heard. The wildflower walks will happen on three Sundays in April (April 8, 15, 22) at 2 pm. The bird walks will be the last two Tuesdays in April and the first three Tuesdays in May (April 17, 24 and May 1, 8, 15) at 7:30 am. All tours will meet in the Arboretum parking lot. Additional free parking is available at the nearby WVU Coliseum. No reservations are needed. Dress appropriately for the weather and for hiking. Additional wildflower tours will be added to the schedule in April, as volunteer tour leaders become available! (Read more about spring ephemeral wildflowers.)
by Zach Fowler
Pawpaw Parties at WVU Core Arboretum!August 30, 2017
Come to WVU Core Arboretum to taste pawpaws! Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is the largest fruit native to West Virginia. Pawpaws have a luscious, tropical flavor that some describe as a combination of banana, mango, and pineapple and a smooth, creamy texture. Pawpaws ripen in Fall, and the Arboretum’s trees typically produce enough ripe fruit to gather sometime in September. To celebrate and share this delicious fruit that grows naturally in WV, WVU Core Arboretum hosts Pawpaw Parties every year. Even though pawpaws are fairly common, many people have never tasted a pawpaw, and we hope to change that! Pawpaw Parties are rather informal, but they have become a much-anticipated annual event at WVU Core Arboretum! A table will be set up in the lawn area at the Arboretum, and all are welcome to stop by and try a pawpaw. Literature about pawpaws and how to grow the pawpaw seeds that will be left after trying the fruit will also be available. Depending on how long the pawpaw season lasts, we will try to host several Pawpaw Parties. Pay attention to the Calendar of Events section of this webpage for more details. Pawpaw Parties are free and open to all.
by Zach Fowler
National Moth Week celebration at WVU Core Arboretum
July 19, 2017
Next week (July 22-30, 2017) is National Moth Week, and WVU Core Arboretum is celebrating by inviting everyone to a Moth Night at the Arboretum! Wednesday, July 26, from 9-11 pm we will have sheets and lights set up in the Arboretum lawn area to attract moths, and experts on hand to identify the moths that we attract! There is not a formal program, and all are welcome to stop by any time between 9 and 11 to learn about moths and how to attract and study them. The event will be cancelled if it is raining.
by Zach Fowler
WVU Core Arboretum/WVU Herbarium 2017 Newsletters
June 20, 2017
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Graduate Student Research at WVU Core ArboretumAugust 10, 2016
How does wildlife adapt to
urban areas? This is one of the major questions for my dissertation research at
West Virginia University. The secretive and elusive Cooper’s hawk was once only
seen in dense forested areas but is a now a common visitor in our backyards and
city parks. This makes this bird an ideal candidate for understanding how
species are adapting to urban environments. For my research, I have been taking
genetic samples from Cooper’s hawks all across the country to compare those
that nest in urban areas to those that nest in more traditional forested areas.
The Arboretum has been home to a few different species of birds of prey
including red-tailed hawks, barred owls, and Cooper’s hawks. In at least the
last two summers, a breeding pair of Cooper’s hawks have chosen the Arboretum
as the best place to raise their young, and I was lucky enough to catch these
birds to collect genetic samples for my research (the birds were released
unharmed back to their nest). Using these samples, I hope to get a better
understanding of how the genes of wildlife change as a result of living in
close proximity to humans. The Arboretum is home to dozens of species of
wildlife, including the Cooper’s hawk, which makes this place an important safe
haven in an urban jungle.
by Meghan Jensen
Meghan Jensen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Wildlife and Fisheries Program of the WVU Division of Forestry and Natural Resources.
WVU Core Arboretum Calendar of Events
May 23: Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
May 30: Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
June 5: Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm): Chris Rota, Talk title: Using citizen science to investigate urban wildlife in WVU's Core Arboretum
June 6: Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
June 12: Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm): Neal Peterson, Talk title: Pawpaws past and present
June 13: Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
June 19: Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm): Ieva Roznere, Talk title: The secret life of freshwater mussels
June 20: Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
June 26: Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm): Bill Beatty, Talk title: Discovering life through birds
June 27: Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
July 3: Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm): Jim McGraw, Talk title: Ecology and conservation biology of America's most sought-after plant: Wild American ginseng
July 4: Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
July 10: Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm): Brandon Sinn, Talk title: Biology and ecology of West Virginia ferns
July 11: Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
July 17: Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm): Megan Kruger, Talk title: Changing perceptions on climate change through citizen science and phenology
July 18: Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
July 24: Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm): Eddie Brzostek, Talk title: The hidden half: How roots drive tree growth
July 25: Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
July 31: Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm): Dan Panaccione, Talk title: Secret lives of fungi: Biology and ecological significance of fungi in the Core Arboretum
August 1: Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
August 7: Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm): Katie Fallon, Talk title: From the Arctic to Appalachia: The rescue and rehabilitation of an injured snowy owl
August 8: Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
August 14: Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm): Albert R. Buckelew, Talk title: Changes in bird ranges in West Virginia since 1970
August 15: Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
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The WVU Core Arboretum is located adjacent to the WVU Coliseum and directly across
Monongahela Blvd. from the WVU Creative Arts Center.
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