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Whip-poor-will survey planned in West Virginia

May 7, 2014
Associated Press

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.

Residents who see or hear whip-poor-wills from Saturday until July 31 are asked to email Bailey at 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 residents who see or hear barn owls and bald eagles.

Bailey conducted similar surveys last year.



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