Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 17, 2014

State seeks reports on whip-poor-will sightings

CHARLESTON — West Virginia state biologists are asking residents to listen for the call of the whip-poor-will.

The Division of Natural Resources is fearful the bird with the distinctive call is on the decline. That’s why they’re asking residents to report any sightings of the bird through July 31.

West Virginia Public Radio reports that officials hope the sightings will give them a better sense of the bird’s presence in the state.

Whip-poor-wills are gray, brown and black. The camouflage makes them hard to see in the wild.

Whip-poor-will sightings should be reported by email to DNR biologist Rich Bailey at richard.s.bailey(at)

The date and location should also be included. Birders’ contact information should also be provided.  

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