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West Virginia Wildlife
Patrick McMurtry Duck Dynasty In West Virginia

October 23, 2013
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice


Look to the skies in Summer, Spring, Fall or Winter and you're likely to see, or hear, some ducks flying around. We get quite a few waterfowl around here, many of them year round. Randy Kelley is a biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, he explains why the mountain state is a waterfowl Mecca.

"West Virginia is not known to be a great waterfowl state, but we have a lot of resident birds. Primarily we have Canada goose, wood ducks, mallards are our primary resident ducks, we get several green winged teal this time of year."

We've all heard about the ducks and geese that fly south for the Winter. Many of them fly right over us on their way towards warmer weather, and that's great for those of us who like to check out these long flying birds.

"This year we've had a lot of water, so we should have plenty of resident birds, the ducks and the mallards, water means reproduction. The migratory birds are those that move up to the north to breed and nest and then they move South like other birds. Later in the year we'll have some migrating. We're right between two major flyways, later in the year we'll have migrating birds like pin tails." says Kelley.

Bird lovers love this time of year, and those that like to watch waterfowl get a big bonus. And believe it or not, there are plenty of places to check them out.

"One of the areas that do not get a lot of attention are the major rivers. We do a Spring fly over every year and we see lots of ducks on the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers. We have two major wildlife areas, too-the Greenbottom wildlife management area and McClintic in Mason County." says Kelley.

So all you have to do is find you a good spot and you're likely to see some cool waterfowl.

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