Birthday Bash Weekend: Bird Watching Hike at Greenbottom with Experienced Guides

Green Bottom WMA. Photo by Janet Keating.

As part of OVEC’s 30th Birthday Bash Weekend, spend a memorable morning at Green Bottom Wildlife Management Area, one of the most popular birding areas in West Virginia, with two experienced Huntington-area birders—Michael Griffith and Janet Keating.

Sign up early, as we only have room for 4 more people (two slots are already taken). E-mail right away if you want to join the walk. The spring migration will be in full tilt, so it should be a great time to go birding.

Janet and Mike will meet you at the DNR office at Green Bottom WMA at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 30. Green Bottom WMA is 18 miles north of Huntington; access via state Route 2. We’ll be out birding until about noon.

You’ll need your own binoculars. We may tromp through wet areas, so wear appropriate shoes or boots. You may want to bring a snack and a container of water. Note that there are no bathrooms, so you may have to stalk the wild asparagus if the call of the wild sounds. 

Janet is OVEC’s retired executive director and Mike is a biologist/naturalist. Each has more than 30 years of experience birding. They will help you stalk and identify migrating and resident bird species in this unique wetlands. Stretching along the banks of the Ohio River, this wildlife management area is a network of agricultural lands, forestlands, wetlands, and open water. More than 100 species of birds may be seen each year in these wetlands and along the river bottom.

This is a unique opportunity to observe and learn about all the many species of birds that migrate through and/or breed in West Virginia. You may be surprised; birds are where you find them. You may see shorebirds, waterfowl, flycatchers, sparrows, orioles, herons, tree swallows, vireos, prothonotary and other warblers and, birds of prey like red-tailed hawk, osprey, bald eagles and more! 

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