WVU Core Arboretum News and Notes

Free, guided walks begin April 9 at WVU Core Arboretum
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February 23, 2017 

Spring will soon be here!  Mark your calendars for the WVU Department of Biology spring ephemeral wildflower walks and the Mountaineer Audubon spring bird walks.  These free, guided tours are a spring tradition at the WVU Core Arboretum.  Last year, in the course of three wildflower walks and four bird walks, over 45 species of plants were seen in bloom and over 70 species of birds were seen and/or heard.  The wildflower walks will happen on three Sundays in April (April 9, 16, 23) at 2 pm.  The bird walks will be the last Tuesday in April and the first two Tuesdays in May (April 25 and May 2, 9) at 7:30 am.  All tours will meet in the Arboretum parking lot.  Additional free parking is available at the nearby WVU Coliseum.  No reservations are needed.  Dress appropriately for the weather and for hiking.    

by Zach Fowler

Pawpaw Parties at WVU Core Arboretum!

September 24, 2016

Come to WVU Core Arboretum to taste pawpaws! The pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is the largest fruit native to West Virginia. Pawpaws have a luscious, tropical flavor that some describe as a combination of banana, mango, and pineapple and a smooth, creamy texture. Pawpaws ripen in Fall, and the Arboretum’s trees are starting to produce enough ripe fruit to gather. Pawpaw Parties will be on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00, or while supplies last!

A table will be set up in the lawn area at the Arboretum, and all are welcome to stop by and try a pawpaw.  Literature about pawpaws and how to grow the pawpaw seeds that will be left after trying the fruit will also be available.  Depending on how long the pawpaw season lasts, we will try to host several Pawpaw Parties.  Pay attention to the Calendar of Events section of this webpage for more details.  Pawpaw Parties are free and open to all.

by Zach Fowler

Graduate Student Research at WVU Core Arboretum
Meghan JensenAugust 10, 2016

How does wildlife adapt to urban areas? This is one of the major questions for my dissertation research at West Virginia University. The secretive and elusive Cooper’s hawk was once only seen in dense forested areas but is a now a common visitor in our backyards and city parks. This makes this bird an ideal candidate for understanding how species are adapting to urban environments. For my research, I have been taking genetic samples from Cooper’s hawks all across the country to compare those that nest in urban areas to those that nest in more traditional forested areas. The Arboretum has been home to a few different species of birds of prey including red-tailed hawks, barred owls, and Cooper’s hawks. In at least the last two summers, a breeding pair of Cooper’s hawks have chosen the Arboretum as the best place to raise their young, and I was lucky enough to catch these birds to collect genetic samples for my research (the birds were released unharmed back to their nest). Using these samples, I hope to get a better understanding of how the genes of wildlife change as a result of living in close proximity to humans. The Arboretum is home to dozens of species of wildlife, including the Cooper’s hawk, which makes this place an important safe haven in an urban jungle.

by Meghan Jensen

Meghan Jensen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Wildlife and Fisheries Program of the WVU Division of Forestry and Natural Resources.

WVU Core Arboretum Magicicada Festival Successful
June 3, 2016

Thanks to all who visited the WVU Core Arboretum for the Magicicada Festival on Saturday, May 28, and thanks, especially, to the volunteers that made it happen (including the chefs)!  More than 70 people came to the morning events, and well over 300 people came to the afternoon events!  It was wonderful to see so many members of the community come out to an educational event and actively engage with science and the University.  Participants learned about cicada biology and ecology, watched talks on current cicada research, did cicada-related arts and crafts activities, and ate cicadas prepared by great local chefs!  People also got to see plenty of cicadas and learn how to tell the different species apart.  It was a celebration of 17 year periodical cicadas!  If you have not gotten to see or hear the cicadas yet, there are still plenty of them at the Arboretum, and there will be for a few more weeks!  They are even chorusing in the bushes around the parking lot today.

by Zach Fowler

WVU Core Arboretum/WVU Herbarium 2016 Newsletters
April 7, 2016

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Core Arboretum Newsletter 2016       Herbarium Newsletter 2016

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WVU Core Arboretum Calendar of Events 

April 18:  Garlic Mustard Pull (invasive plant control) (10:00 am - 1:00 pm)
April 19:  Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
April 19:  Spring Wildflower Walk (5:00 pm - ~7:00 pm)
April 20:  Garlic Mustard Pull (invasive plant control) (3:00 pm - 6:00 pm)
April 20:  Spring Wildflower Walk (5:00 pm - ~7:00 pm)
April 21:  Garlic Mustard Pull (invasive plant control) (3:00 pm - 6:00 pm)
April 23:  Spring Wildflower Walk (2:00 pm - ~4:00 pm)
April 25:  Spring Bird Walk (7:30 am)
April 26:  Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
May 2:  Spring Bird Walk (7:30 am)
May 3:  Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
May 9:  Spring Bird Walk (7:30 am)

WVU Core Arboretum Trail Map

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Directions to WVU Core Arboretum

The WVU Core Arboretum is located adjacent to the WVU Coliseum and directly across Monongahela Blvd. from the WVU Creative Arts Center.

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