Canaan Wildlife Refuge to offer birding series

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge will offer a volunteer-led birding series each month beginning in late spring and continuing through summer and into early fall.

Organizers said everyone is welcome to join them as they explore the Wildlife Refuge and its bird life in short, easy walks.

This birdwalk series will kick off at 10 a.m. May 11. Participants will meet at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at 6263 Appalachian Highway, approximately 6 miles south of Davis. Additional walks are planned for June 8 and July 13 and there will be two walks on Aug. 3 and 31. The last birdwalk will be Sept. 21.

The goal of this series is different from more advanced birding walks. More time will be spent on each kind of bird. The group will learn about the many ways that help in identifying a bird. Participants will take time to study and discuss field marks, behavior, the time of year and habitat where they are found. All these and more can help them understand what they see. Most importantly, they will take the time to talk about the things that people in the group want to talk about. The Wildlife Refuge has binoculars to loan to those who may need them.

More information about the Wildlife Refuge and its programs is available online at