The third annual statewide meeting of the West Virginia Master Naturalists will be held on the Davis & Elkins College campus Friday and Saturday.
The weekend's activities will begin with a pair of public presentations on Friday when noted naturalist, author and wildlife photographer Will Hershberger will present a talk entitled, "The Sounds of Insects" at 7:15 p.m. in Room 413 of the Eshleman Science Center.
Also at 7:15 p.m., state ornithologist Bill Beatty will present a talk on screech owls in Room 400 of the Science Center. Both Hershberger's and Beatty's talks are free and open to the public.
On Saturday and Sunday, meeting attendees will be involved in classes on a wide series of topics including ferns, mushrooms, butterflies and moths, birding by ear, West Virginia plants, nature photography, West Virginia geology and others. While participation in these classes is open to any interested party whether they are part of the Master Naturalist program or not, students must be paid registrants of the meeting.
Those who'd like more information on this event can find it on the West Virginia Master Naturalist Advisory Committee's website at mnofwv.org. Registration for classes can also be accomplished from the website.
The West Virginia Master Naturalist Program is sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Section, the West Virginia University Extension, the West Virginia State Parks and Davis & Elkins College. There are 12 local Master Naturalist Chapters throughout the state, with several more forming.