Birding West Virginia

Known as the Mountaineer State, much of West Virginia’s terrain is rugged, cut with stream and river valleys. The Appalachian Mountains extend throughout the state: the Appalachian Plateau lies to the west and the Ridge and Valley region to the east. The highest mountains in the state are within the Allegheny Mountain section. The Potomac River runs across the northeastern border of West Virginia, and the Ohio River is the western border of the state. Marshes can be found along this river, as well as throughout West Virginia’s eastern panhandle. More than three-fourths of West Virginia is forested. White oak, yellow birch, and red maple trees dominate, but pine and spruce are native in higher elevations. Sycamore, chestnut, and locust trees are also common species within the state. The rivers and woodlands provide excellent habitat for many of West Virginia’s 364 bird species.

  • West virginia Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • West virginia Birding Hotspots

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Gaudineer Knob on Shavers Mountain, West Virginia

There’s a spruce-clad knob located in the mountains of West Virginia, 4,445 feet above sea level, that is unusual in various ways. It is possible on the mountain to hear four species of brown-backed thrushes in concert during late May, June, and early July: the hermit, Swainson’s, and wood thrushes, and the veery. And that's just a start!
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