Washington Works Nature Trail gets birding upgrades
PARKERSBURG — The Washington Works Nature Trail south of Parkersburg is getting the attention of a local Boy Scout for his Eagle Scout initiative.
Scout Bryce Himelrick with several scouts and volunteers have installed new owl and bluebird nesting boxes to improve habitat and encourage species expansion. A new viewing venue also has been established.
“There aren’t many great birding sites in our area and, while I was hiking with my parents last year, it occurred to me that the trail’s upper meadow would be a great place to do my project,” Himelrick said.
Himelrick’s parents, Cheryl and John Himelrick of Parkersburg, frequently use the trail, sharing their love of bird-watching with their son and growing his interest in the hobby.
In addition to the nesting boxes, the Scout team also installed a sheltered bench to provide cover for enthusiasts to watch without disturbing the birds.
The project is a required step in Himelrick’s career in Scouting.
“Bryce has been in Scouting since he was 7 years old and I’m very proud of the work he has done to achieve Eagle, Scouting’s highest rank,” said Troop 12 Scout Master Christopher Burk.
David Johnson, a Chemours retiree and project mentor, was instrumental in helping Himelrick with the design.
“Dave has devoted many hours to working with Scouts on Eagle projects that have made this nature trail accessible, interesting, and educational,” Himelrick said. “I’m very appreciative.”
The trail is open to the public every day during daylight hours. It is accessible from W.Va. 892 about a mile south of U.S. 50 south of Parkersburg,
Troop 12 is sponsored by Stout Memorial United Methodist Church, Broad Street, Parkersburg.