Officials Seek Help Locating Whip-Poor-Wills

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Updated Tue, Jun 4, 2013 8:25 am

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources needs help in locating a species of bird called whip-poor-wills.

The bird is gray, black and brown with a black throat. Officials say it 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.

Officials say if you see or hear whip-poor-wills in West Virginia until July 31, please email Bailey at richard.s.bailey@wv.gov.

The email should include the date and location, and whether you saw or heard the bird. It should also include a contact name and telephone number.

The division also would like those who see or hear barn owls and bald eagles.

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