DISCOVERY DAY IS CANCELLED FOR 2020

We regret to announce that due to the threat of coronavirus and the current health-related restrictions on large gatherings we have cancelled plans for this year’s Discovery Day. We want all our friends and neighbors to follow the government’s current guidelines for everyone’s health and safety.

We hope to schedule some smaller events later this year if the situation improves and it is safe to gather in groups.

KAYAK RAFFLE DRAWING POSTPONED

The drawing for the kayak has been postponed until later this year, depending on the resolution of the national health emergency. We apologize for the delay, but will still notify the winner as soon as the drawing can be held.

THANK YOU TO THE CITY OF CHARLESTON

The City of Charleston has generously donated 126 tons of much-needed organic compost to help enrich the soil at the wildlife viewing area/pollinator field. Last year our volunteers planted a mix of native wildflower seed, much of which was injured by the drought that followed. Many flowers sprouted and bloomed, but in the poor soil they did not prosper.  The compost will be spread on the field as soon as weather conditions permit.  The next planting should so much better.

Meanwhile, we are very grateful to the City for their support of this exciting and beneficial project.

PHASE 2 – WILDLIFE EDUCATION CENTER

Things are happening! Contract out for bids

Phase 1 of construction for the Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center  was completed by August 8, 2019. Phase 2, the construction of the building itself is expected to begin this summer if all goes well. The contract for construction has been posted for bids on the state’s Purchasing Division website. Bid opening is set for March 19th.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING CANCELLED

The Foundation’s annual membership has been cancelled due to the coronavirus-related meeting restrictions.

CHIMNEY SWIFT HABITAT PROJECT

Thanks to the talented students and community spirited teachers at Boone Career and Technical Center, new habitat is being created for a native bird species that needs a place to live. Chimney Swifts are a beneficial part of our ecosystem because they eat lots of insects, but lack of chimneys and other suitable habitat has led to a decline in their populations.

The Foundation is collaborating with the Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club to fund construction of a Chimney Swift tower to provide a nesting/resting place for the birds. Since no one in the Foundation or the Bird Club was experienced in building anything like this, the Boone Career and Technical Center stepped up to make it happen.

The tower will be installed in a few weeks when weather permits. Chimney Swifts migrate to South America to escape our winters and return  in late March. Nesting begins in May and they fly south again in November.

GIRL SCOUTS BUILD AND DONATE BAT HOUSES

The Girl Scouts of Troop #1839 have built and donated two bat houses to provide additional habitat for the local bat population. They presented the very well built bat houses to the Foundation at the September 16 meeting. Suitable habitat for bats is scarce at the Forks of Coal. Bats help control mosquito populations, a very important ecological function.

The Foundation and the Scouts collaborated on the installation of the bat houses at the wildlife viewing area near Little Coal River.

Thanks to Carol Stevens of Alum Creek who donated two additional bat houses which were installed at the opposite end of the wildlife viewing area. Our local bats will now have lots of good options for resting and roosting.

 

A Special Building Fund for the Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center is Now Underway! Click Here to support the center by purchasing your very own personalized commemorative brick for the center and be a part of building a legacy.

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Design Renderings for Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center: Front (above) and rear (below)

Forks of Coal Rear

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The Forks of Coal State Natural Area Foundation gratefully accepts gifts and donations from individuals, families, groups of friends, businesses and community organizations for Forks of Coal State Natural Area. The Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization. For more information about the park bench sponsorships contact Kim McCluskey at 304/982-2008.

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