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Gypsy Moths are here at the Crossings. Currently the population of these oak leaf eating critters is low. It is a good idea for everyone to educate themselves about these non-native pests.
Spraying took place in Spring 2008. IF spraying is needed, the board would assess each lot owner for gypsy moth spraying during.
Another survey of egg masses will be conducted each fall and if the gypsy moth population is high enough to meet the State of West Virginia's criteria for spraying, the board will commit to the State run spray program for the spring.
Learn more about the State Program here
As you wonder about your property or hike in the local area, you will often see a variety of wild flowers and plants. Check the link below to help you identify the local flora.
All Things Great and Small
West Virginia is all about seeing what is outdoors! Check this website for reference to many creatures, plants, bugs and fungi.
And there are many birds throughout the Crossings. The variety is different depending if you are in the meadow or in the woods and sometimes along the river. But search the website below to see what that bird could have been.
Slippery and Slimy
There are currently 87 species of amphibians and reptiles in West Virginia. There are 34 salamander species, 14 frog and toad species, 13 turtle species, 6 lizard species, and 20 species of snakes.
Two species are endemic to West Virginia: the Cheat Mountain salamander (Plethodon nettingi) and the West Virginia spring salamander (Gyrinophilus subterraneus). Check the link below and see what might be under foot!
A local butterfly is the Zebra Swallowtail that feeds only on the leaves of Paw Paw trees! How cool! Learn more here.
Gardening with Deer
While many residents are trying to build a garden with the deer, others are building with protection from the deer. Whatever course you choose, talk to your neighbor, they may save you some trial and error. Try some of the suggestions on the link below.
You can also read comments about the deer population from a local forester. There are many view points and this is just one. Comments from David Warner, Forester.