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Bird Watching

Bird watching at its best!

Check out the 2014 Christmas Bird Count here!

To go directly to birding maps, inventories and habitat sheets, just click here. The CVB in conjunction with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the Monongahela National Forest, and the Pocahontas Nature Clubs have developed several new pieces of data to assist serious bird watchers. 

Birds are among the easiest wildlife to locate and study because they are relatively easy to find.  Many are colorful or have songs which alert you to where they might be settled on a tree branch. Some travel in large groups, are active during the day and can be studied from a reasonable distance, sometimes even without binoculars.

If you've forgotten your field guide or your binoculars, don't worry the Pocahontas County Free Libraries will be glad to loan you books, binoculars, GPS units or fishing poles while you're here. Just go in to the Marlinton Library and show them your library card.

Click for a downloadable Birding Brochure that includes maps and specific trails for birding. 

Birders may wish to plan a trip to include the Greenbrier River Trail, Seneca State Forest, the Cranberry Glades, Cranberry Backcountry and the area around the West Fork Trail in the northern part of the county. 

Whether you are looking for an elusive Olive-sided Flycatcher or beginning your discovery into birding, Pocahontas County is an excellent place to discover the unexpected.