Tours & Destinations West Virginia
. . . . . 2013 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .
NEW! CANAAN VALLEY NWR, WEST VIRGINIA
Appalachian Breeding Birds22 June 2013 - 26 June 2013, 5 days & 4 nights
Canaan Valley, at an altitude of 3200 feet, is 14 miles long and 3 miles wide, and the highest valley of its size east of the Rocky Mountains. Climate and habitats are typical of areas much further north, and the plants and animals are unusual for this latitude. Many Valley species are at or near the southernmost edge of their range. Drained by the Blackwater River and its tributaries, Canaan Valley contains the largest freshwater wetland area in West Virginia and the central and southern Appalachians. Canaan Valley NWR is located in Tucker County, West Virginia. The refuge was established in 1994 to preserve the unique wetlands and uplands of this high elevation, moist valley. Currently, the refuge consists of 15,245 acres. An additional 10,214 acres are within its acquisition boundary. Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge offers great opportunities to view more than 200 bird species, many of them beautiful breeding species. The trail and road system provides views to a variety of habitats including wetlands, grasslands, shrub lands, and forests. Click on the 'Itinerary' for a list of species that we hope to see. This tour will be led by a highly qualified Bird Treks leader.