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Birding in the Monongahela National Forest

Many of you are already aware that there is abundant wildlife, but the diversity of the birds is particularly intersting in this area. The Monongahela National Forest is over 909,137 acres of diverse habitat and is used by 230 species of birds.

The Monongahela, located in the Appalachian Mountains of east central West Virginia, has elevations of 1,000 to 4,861 feet. The diversity, forest stands of varous tree species and age classes and the non-forested areas such as wetlands, cliffs, grassy meadows and cascading streams, all provide places for birds to feed, rest and raise there young. This diverse landscape provides habititat for 70 species of resident birds, 89 breeding neotropical migrants and 71 non-breeding migratory bird species.

The Forest Service encourages you to try birding in the National Forest. Special efforts are taken to protect and provide necessary habitats for birds - food producting trees and shrubs are planted for feed and cover, during timber harvest/firewood cutting, many cavity trys and snags are saved for nesting, feeding and roosting sights. Through birding you can become familiar with the Forest Service's role in protection and management wich includes recreation, timber, wildlife, water, wilderness and range resources.

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