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Migration Celebration gets underway Saturday at Little Beaver State Park

Family-friendly nature walks, birding hikes, bug hunts, and workshops on nature photography and binocular selection are part of Saturday’s lineup of free activities at Migration Celebration, taking place at Little Beaver State Park near Beaver in Raleigh County.

The day-long event, hosted by the Three Rivers Avian Center, begins at 9 a.m. Saturday when interactive displays by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and Division of Natural Resources and other organizations open and a kids’ animal silhouette painting activity begins in the lower level of Little Beaver’s main building.

Other events for kids during the day include a craft session with Granny Sue in the main building’s lower level; a nature walk with naturalist Jim Phillips at 10 a.m., starting from the Three Rivers Avian Center’s gift shop booth; a bug hunt with state Department of Agriculture entomologist Terry Carrington starting at 11 a.m. from the Department of Agriculture’s display; story-telling with Granny Sue of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild at 1:30 p.m. in the main building’s picnic pavilion; Crafts with Grannny Sue at 2 p.m. in the main building’s lower level, and a second bug hunt with Carrington at 3:30 p.m., departing from the Department of Agriculture display.

Saturday’s family events start at 9:15 a.m. with a birding walk led by Bev Delidow, starting from the Three Rivers Avian Center’s exhibit; a beginners’ interactive workshop on how to select binoculars and spotting scopes led by Ron Perrone, Three Rivers’ education director; a second birding walk with Delidow, starting at 11:30 a.m. from the lower level of the park’s main building; a photography workshop led by Steve Rotsch starting at 1 p.m. in the main building’s lower level; an outdoor raptor photo shoot led by Rotsh starting at 1:30 p.m. from the Three Rivers Avian Center’s display booth, and a nature walk led by naturalist Jim Phillips starting at 2:30 p.m. from Three Rivers’ gift shop booth.

Exhibits will remain open until 5 p.m.

For more information, call Three Rivers Avian Center at 304-466-4683 or visit

Reach Rick Steelhammer at or 304-348-5169.

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