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baltimore oriole

The Baltimore oriole, which summers throughout most of the eastern United States, is often found in leafy deciduous trees, but not in deep forests: they’re found in open woodland, forest edge, orchards, and stands of trees along rivers, in parks, and in backyards, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Each year, the Fayette Education Fund’s New River Birding and Nature Festival attracts birders from across the nation to Fayette County. The New River Birding and Nature Festival takes place in and around the New River Gorge National River. Administrated by the National Park Service, this area is the heart of the upland, hardwood forests that Cornell Lab of Ornithology has identified as a crucial stopover habitat for the continued survival of species such as Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Swainson’s Warbler, as well as the Scarlet Tanager. This festival highlights more than 100 bird species on a variety of birding tours. In an effort to improve tourism in West Virginia, the Division of Tourism has awarded the Fayette Education Fund a grant to help with advertising the festival.