The Brooks Bird Club
Birding Guide to West Virginia is the first guide to finding birds exclusively in the Mountain State. The Brooks Bird Club has been doing biological studies in West Virginia for more than 70 years.ï¾ This guide highlights the most productive and reliable spots to find many of the over 300 bird species that have been recorded in West Virginia.
Although you can pursue birds with success on any of the state's country roads, this book will guide you toward the prime spots and help ensure a fine bird-watching experience in the wild, wonderful West Virginia.
Geographically, West Virginia is a "transition state," extending north in latitude almost equal to that or New York City, and farther south than Richmond, Virginia. The state's elevation extends from 248 feet to nearly 5,000 feet above sea level, with an average elevation of 1,500 feet. With its large tracts of mature forest and sparse human population, West Virginia provides ideal nesting habitat for many forest birds. In summer, it is home for many Neotropical migrants. The Mountain State is viewed as an oasis for species such as the Cerulean Warbler and the Scarlet Tanager that require large tracts of mature forest.
West Virginia also provides habitat for birds using grasslands, wetlands, and early successional areas. The state is a major fly way in spring and fall, and many northern species are found in the state during winter.
West Virginia has a wonderful state park system and offers easy access to many national and state forest.