Local birding guide offered

A new birding guide has been produced by the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. It is available for free download from https://www.greaterparkersburg.com/things-to-do/birding/. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — From mature forests to open meadows, from mighty rivers to quiet marshes, the Greater Parkersburg region offers visitors extensive and diverse birding opportunities throughout the seasons, a local official said.

The Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau recently published an online birding guide for enthusiasts.

“Whether you’re just visiting or have long called this region home, we invite you to grab a pair of binoculars and explore the Greater Parkersburg area’s diverse birdlife,” Greater Parkersburg CVB President Mark Lewis said. “This region offers extensive and diverse birding opportunities throughout all the seasons. You might be surprised to learn more than 250 species of birds call the area home.”

The guide is available for free download from the CVB’s website at: https://www.greaterparkersburg.com/things-to-do/birding/

Twelve birding locations area featured and highlight birds of interest, description of the habitat, and directions to each location. Locations listed are McDonough Wildlife Refuge, Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge: Visitor Center, Middle Island, Williamstown Wetlands, Williamstown and Marietta: The Confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers, Johnson T. Janes City Park, Kroger Wetlands in Marietta, Newell Run Backwater, Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area, French Creek Backwater, Point Park: The Confluence of the Little Kanawha and Ohio Rivers and North Bend State Park.

“As you look through the guide, we encourage folks to look for the eBird symbol,” Lewis said. “eBird is a popular website that lists recent sightings reported by visiting birders at birding hotspots.”

The bureau also offers a Parkersburg Birding Field Checklist online for free download.

The guide was written by birding enthusiast and writer Kyle Carlsen. The guide was designed by Mollee Brown.

To learn more about birding in the area, visit https://www.greaterparkersburg.com/things-to-do/birding/ or contact the CVB office at 304-428-1130.