SOUTH CHARLESTON - "The 2014 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar is now available for everyone to enjoy," according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section.
The cover of this award-winning wall calendar features a fall painting of a mountain stream flowing by a kingfisher with an angler fly-fishing in the background. Paintings of a variety of wonderful wildlife which inhabit West Virginia grace the remaining months, including a black bear and her cub, a peregrine falcon, a bluegill, a bullfrog, and a barred owl. Paintings of a gray fox, a ring-necked pheasant, a blue jay, a muskrat and a gray squirrel round out the year.
Accompanying each painting is a brief description of the featured animal and the artist's contact information. Featured in the back are articles on butterflies and moths, the importance of early successional habitat to wildlife, and an explanation of how hunting seasons are set. The calendar also contains the 2014 hunting and fishing license fees.
"The calendar is full of interesting daily facts, best fishing days and times, and monthly tips to help you fully enjoy the outdoors," Taylor said. "Its $10 price tag makes it a terrific bargain and a great holiday gift."
The 2014 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar is available at DNR district offices, department stores, newsstands, convenience marts and food stores throughout the state, by mail order to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241; or by phone: 304-637-0245. A list of vendors selling the calendars is available online at www.wvdnr.gov/Wildlife/WildlifeCalendar.shtm.
If buying through the mail, make checks payable to WVDNR in the amount of $15.50 for each calendar, which includes shipping and handling (West Virginia residents add $.60 tax for each calendar). VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.
Organizations, clubs and civic groups can profit by selling the West Virginia Wildlife Calendar as part of their fundraising activities. Interested organizations should contact the DNR Elkins office at 304-637-0245.