From wire reports
Since 2004, the Three Rivers Avian Center (TRAC) has partnered with Little Beaver State Park as the home of its annual Migration Celebration, a festival of West Virginia’s birds and of the state’s natural heritage. The 2012 Migration Celebration is scheduled for May 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is open to the public at no charge.
Held each year on International Migratory Bird Day, the Migration Celebration encourages young and old alike to go outdoors and see what lives in their backyards and in their biologically diverse state. The day features live birds of prey on display from TRAC; exhibits from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Diversity Program and the New River Gorge National River; the West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s Insect Survey; storytelling; bird, bug and nature walks; a free photography workshop; and fun for the whole family.
“Little Beaver State Park is not just for humans,” said Park Superintendent Erik Evans. “Animals find refuge and a place to relax, too. Squirrels, deer, foxes, bear, and many other animals call the park home, and so do birds. An osprey has been hunting fish in the lake for several summers, peregrine falcons have been seen flying over, and birders have counted more than 35 other species as well.”
In honor of eight years of working together to conserve West Virginia’s wild birds and educating and involving people in ecosystem stewardship, TRAC recently awarded Little Beaver State Park a certificate of appreciation for hosting the annual Migration Celebration.
About Three Rivers Avian Center
Three Rivers Avian Center is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to caring for West Virginia’s wild birds. Founded in 1990, TRAC provides veterinary care and rehabilitative services to more than 200 wild bird species, is the project coordinator for the multi-state and multi-agency effort to restore peregrine falcons to the New River Gorge, provides environmental programs featuring live birds of prey throughout West Virginia, and encourages public participation in birding and bird-related activities through an extensive website (www.tracwv.org) and active Facebook page.
About Little Beaver State Park
Little Beaver State Park, located just outside Beckley in Raleigh County, is a popular place for family outings. Eighteen hiking and biking trails, rated from easy to strenuous and ranging in length from a quarter mile to 2.6 miles long, wind their way throughout the 562 acre park. Little Beaver Lake is an 18-acre focal point at the park entrance that provides facilities for fishing and paddle boat rides. Geocaching is also a growing activity.
Picnic shelters and tables are scattered in convenient areas around the Lake and a playground offers youngsters a place to exercise youthful energies. Little Beaver State Park has added 30 campsites with water, electricity, a bathhouse and a laundry room. More information can be found at www.littlebeaverstatepark.com.