Monday, April 27, 2009

West Virginia!

I'm down in what's probably my favorite place in eastern North America: Fayette County, West Virginia. This area is most famous for the New and Gauley Rivers, where rafters can experience some of the roughest whitewater to be found.

But the New River gorge and vicinity also supports some of the richest biodiversity in North America, and late April and early May are unbeatable here. I'm here for the New River Birding Festival, and the people in the above photo - from this morning - are ecstatic about an up close and personal experience with a Northern Parula.

We have a ton of fun at this event, and I'll stick up some more photos as the week progresses. If you've not been down here, and like birds and nature, put the New River Birding Festival on next year's calendar.

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5 comments:

Tom said...

So can you do a combination white water rafting/ birding trip? Ride the rapids and bird as you drift along the pools? That would be awesome.

Tom

Kimmy said...

Great photo looks as though everyone is enjoying themselfs. Mother Nature sure has provided some great weather for all of you this week.
Kim

Clausewitz said...

Oi. Parabéns pelo excelente blog. Gostaria de lhe convidar para visitar meu blog e conhecer alguma coisa sobre o Brasil. Abração

Denise said...

What is there not to love about West Virginia...I'm torn between Fayette County and Pocahontas County...I look forward to reading about your other posts about your trip. Someday I'll make this event!

Kathiesbirds said...

Yeah Jim! What a fun time we had! Thanks for leading this nature walk. I would definately recommend this trip to other birders!