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May 2017




Annual Spring Potluck Picnic

The Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club will have the annual Spring picnic on Monday, May 15, at 6:00 at Coonskin park.

This is a potluck dinner, so bring a covered dish of your choice - main dish, dessert, or salad.  Water and ice will be provided as will plastic plates, cups, dishes, table cloths, eating utensils.

We are aiming for shelter #19, where we have used the last few years.  If for some reason #19 is not available when we get there, we will use either #18 or #20, which are in the same general area.  See the map.  At the Gorman area (on the right), turn left - pass through the gate and go up the hill - go all the way up the hill until you see several picnic shelters.  Turn right into the parking lot for shelter # 19.

Hope to see you all there.


Saturday, May 6, is the beginning of our Handlan bird count, which extends through Sunday, May 14. The goal is to see how many species our bird club members can collectively find during this week. We do the count at this time because it's the prime week for bird numbers, as the nesting migrants have returned and the species that nest further north are migrating through our area. The birds are very vocal and active now, so it's a great chance to practice and improve our birding skills.  This year we're going to extend our boundary and say that birds counted anywhere in the state of WV are fair game for the count.


Please send Jim Waggy your bird lists by Sunday, 5-14,  either of his email addresses: or  If you find birds that are uncommon, please mention where you saw them, as people will be interested in knowing.


Migration Week Count May 7 - 14, 2017 See Jim Waggy for details (See above)
Spring Hill Cemetery Bird Walk Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 8:00am Meet at the parking area near the cemetery office.
Spring Hill Cemetery Bird Walk Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 8:00am Meet at the parking area near the cemetery office.
Annual Potluck Picnic May 15, 2017 - 6:00pm Coonskin Park.
September Meeting at South Charleston Library September 18, 2017 - 6:30pm Annual Ice Cream Social
October Meeting at South Charleston Library October 16, 2017 - 6:30pm Program to be announced
November Meeting at South Charleston Library November 20, 2017 - 6:30pm Program to be announced



Other Outings of Interest

Webster County Nature Tour May 12-14 @ Camp Caesar Contact: Linda Carpenter


Osbra Eye Nature Walks April 22 @ 8:30 am Kanawha State Forest
KSF April Bird Walks

April 29

Pigeon Roost/Ridge Road/Black Bear

Difficult - 4 miles

Meet at Nature Center/ Pool

at 9:00am

International Migratory Bird Day Canaan Valley NWR

April 30,

May 11, 12, 13, 21



Brooks Bird Club

2017 Partial Calendar of events

Check Out Their Website


Raccoon Creek State Park April 22
Foray @ Lost River Retreat Center June 9-17
BBC 85th Anniversary/Fall Meeting @ Oglebay Park, Wheeling, WV October 20-22
Eastern Shore November 8-12







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