Whip-Poor-Will Survey Planned in West Virginia

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is seeking additional help in locating whip-poor-wills.

Officials say the gray, black and brown bird with a black throat is well-camouflaged and is easier to hear than see. Its namesake song is a loud, rhythmic "whip-poor-will" which it sings repeatedly at night.

Biologist Rich Bailey says recent bird survey data indicate significant population declines in nearby states.

People who see or hear whip-poor-wills from Saturday until July 31 are asked to email Bailey at richard.s.baileywv.gov. The email should include the date and location, and whether you saw or heard the bird, a contact name and telephone number.

The DNR also is seeking information from people who see or hear barn owls and bald eagles.

Bailey conducted similar surveys last year.

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