Eagle Survey and Birdwatching Weekend

Pipestem Resort State Park sits on the east rim of the Bluestone River Gorge, which carves through the plateau to the scenic Bluestone River 1,200 feet below. You are invited to visit us at the Nature Center which is open on Friday and Saturday 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 pm.

Join Naturalist Julie McQuade for these nature-based activities meeting at the park nature center unless indicated otherwise.

Thursday, March 5
2:00 p.m. Country Roads Walk
Meet the park naturalist at Pipestem Resort State Park Headquarters for a walking introduction to some of Pipestem’s pre-park history. We will walk along the road and go into the woods to look for old farms and foundations. (1 ½ hours)

Eagle Survey & Spring Birding Weekend. Welcome Birdwatchers!

Friday, March 6
Birding 101- Be Better at Bird Watching
7:00 p.m. – Hudkins Conference Center @ McKeever Lodge
Anyone can be a better bird (owl, eagle, or songbird) watcher when you know the basics about birds. Birding 101 covers bills and beaks to tips and tails. Pipestem Naturalist Julie McQuade is the evening host. Snacks and soft beverages are part of the “flocking together.”

Saturday, March 7
Pre-survey Morning Gathering in the Hudkins Conference Center
9:00 a.m.
The Southern WV Eagle Brigade is a growing group of eagle observers that have monitored eagle nests, breeding and fledgings in the Pipestem/New River area and documented facts since 2006.

Meet Julie to recap how the survey works and to answer any last-minute questions. Don’t forget your thermos and grab a bottle of water provided by Pipestem Resort State Park.

9:15 a.m.
Load up for departure to the Pits area at Bluestone Lake by Bluestone State Park. Julie will be lead vehicle. Individuals should follow in personal vehicles. Lights on when in the convoy; always have the person behind your vehicle in sight so you arrive together—no one lost.

13th Annual Southern WV Spring Eagle Survey
The Eagle Survey is from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Numerous sites are designated and hosted by members of the Eagle Brigade. Our site is located in the Pits area at Bluestone Lake. You do not have to be an expert to spot raptors – an eagle brigade host will be there to help. There is a survey document to record sightings, times, locations. Please contact Julie to indicate participation by March 1, 2020, to survey at the Pits area.

At the conclusion of the 4-hour survey, all participants will meet at the Dairy Queen in Hinton to compile information. Jim Phillips, former Pipestem Naturalist is the compiler with the help of others gathered.

Wings of Wonder – Birds of Prey
7:00 p.m. – Hudkins Conference Center
Fascination with raptors is ageless. Three Rivers Avian Center (TRAC) will be presenting their awesome educational program tonight with live birds of prey! Open to the public at no charge, this hour or a little longer program is one of the most popular at WV State Parks. Everyone welcome!

During the mix and mingle that follows, enjoy cookies and punch. There is no fee to attend. TRAC donations are welcomed but not required.

BONUS: Folks from the Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory will be with us tonight. Learn more about this group and place! Get the scoop on other hikes, migratory days, how to join or get to the observatory, etc.

Sunday, March 8th
8:30 a.m. Sunday Service
Join us in the Faulconer Room at McKeever Lodge for Sunday service. (1 hour)

Birds of Winter Walk
9:00 a.m. – Meet in the Lodge Lobby
We’ll walk toward the golf course and cabin areas to look and listen on golf paths, park roads, and along wooded edges; review on how to use binoculars. There will be some binoculars to use but bring a pair if you have them. The walk is not strenuous. Bundle up if it is nippy outside. There’s coffee in the lodge lobby, help yourself.

Activities are open to the public and free to attend.

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Event Details

  • Start Date: March 5 - 8, 2020
  • End Date: March 8, 2020

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