On this West Virginia Morning, Willie Carver was Kentucky’s teacher of the year in 2021, but as a gay man, he and some of his students were harassed. So, in 2022, he resigned from Montgomery County High School. Last summer, he released Gay Poems for Red States. The book earned praise and helped turn Carver into a much-followed, outspoken voice on social media. Bill Lynch caught up with Carver.
When we talk about invasive species in West Virginia, we’re talking about everything from feral cats and hogs to gypsy moths to Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia, or VHS (a highly contagious fish pathogen). And when we talk about managing these, we’re talking about practices that effect everyone.
Birds: (European starling, European sparrow, Cowbirds) – pose significant threat to songbird populations.
Multiflora rose – ornamental
Kudzu – introduced for restorative purposes
Japanese Stiltgrass – introduced accidentally
Garlic Mustard – Introduced food
Gypsy Moth – introduced in Massachusetts in 1869 for silk production
Emerald Ash Borer – killed between 50 and 100 million trees in the U.S. since 2002, and threatens all 7.5 billion ash trees on the continent.
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid – The loss of hemlocks dramatically changes forest composition, decreases breeding habitat for birds, and exposes high elevation cold water trout streams to increased sunlight and sedimentation
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – an agricultural pest feeds on at least 170 kinds of ornamental and horticultural crops
Chestnut Blight – virtually eliminated a dominant tree species throughout its range by 1940
White-nose Syndrome – killed over 5.7 million bats in over 20 states in eastern North America
Viral hemorrhagic septicemia – VHS is a highly contagious fish pathogen that was discovered in the Great Lakes in 2002.
Hydrilla – thick-growing, interferes with recreational activities
Yellow Iris – disrupts delicate wetlands
Didymo – single-celled algae that smothers brook trout breeding sites and deprives eggs of oxygen
Zebra Mussels – found in Monongahela, Kanawha, Ohio, and Little Kanawha rivers
Rusty Crayfish – out-competes native species and reduces biodiversity
Silver Carp – leaps out of water and injures boaters.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s News Department has secured 11 nominations in eight categories in the 2023 Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters annual awards competition. This competition includes the best radio and television stations in both West Virginia and Virginia.
Brandon Maynard, a special education teacher at Cabell Midland High School, earned West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Above and Beyond Award for November, which recognizes excellence and creativity of Mountain State teachers.