Officials Seek Help Locating Whip-Poor-Wills

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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

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.