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Nature Activities at Holly River

July 21 - July 22

Naturalist Jane has nature based activities planned for youth and adult participation on Wednesday July 21 and Thursday July 22, 2021 at Holly River State Park.

WEDNESDAY, July 21, 2021

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
MOTH NIGHT @ Campground 2
Look for the illuminated white sheet to discover what night flying creatures are attracted to it. Did you know that WVDNR has documented something like 800 different species of moths in West Virginia and suspect there as many as 2,000 out there? Moths do not get as much attention as butterflies, but at Holly River, Moth Night continues to attract and look at these nocturnal insects. Location is Campground 2.

THURSDAY, July 22, 2021
10:00 a.m.
BATS – Why We Love Them
Learn about these amazing flying mammals, and the terrible “white nose syndrome” that is killing up to 90% of some species. Did you know according to USGS bats are the most significant predators of night-flying insects. A single little brown bat, which has a body no bigger than an adult human’s thumb, can eat 4 to 8 grams (the weight of about a grape or two) of insects each night or in other words around1,200 mosquito-sized insects every hour or 6,000 to 8,000 insects each night. Bats! Why we love them.
(YPP) Meet at the Carpenter Pavilion

7:30 p.m.
Naturalist Jane will play requests and old mountain ballads as she strolls from one campfire to the next in Campgrounds 1 @ Campground 2

9:00 -11:00 p.m.
MOTH NIGHT @ Campground 1
Look for the illuminated white sheet to discover what night flying creatures are attracted to it.

All naturalist programs are free of charge. YPP (Young People for Parks) encourages youth of ages 6 – 16 to go outdoors and explore nature in our state parks. Completion of three indicated YPP naturalist programs in one week at Holly River State Park earns a certificate and/or a patch.

Jane Birdsong is a Master Naturalist and is the summer naturalist at Holly River State Park.

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