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Saturday, December 13, 2014: Brookville Lake

2014/12/06

Saturday, December 13, 2014: Brookville Lake:
Dr. David Russell will again lead us on a birding tour of the Brookville Reservoir area between Liberty and Brookville, Indiana. We’ll visit a number of good spots around Brookville Lake as well as Whitewater State Park, looking for migrating ducks, geese, gulls, terns, sandhill cranes and other species. A map of the area can be found at  http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/brookvilletrail.pdf. The group will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the west end of the Wal Mart parking lot (on US 27, north of Oxford). Pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible. We’ll return to Oxford in the afternoon.

Audubon Field Trip, 12/13/14

2014/12/05

Field Trip, Saturday, December 13, 2014: Brookville Lake
Dr. David Russell will again lead us on a birding tour of the Brookville Reservoir area between Liberty and Brookville, Indiana. We’ll visit a number of good spots around Brookville Lake as well as Whitewater State Park, looking for migrating ducks, geese, gulls, terns, sandhill cranes and other species. A map of the area can be found at  http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/brookville_trail.pdf. The group will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the west end of the Wal Mart parking lot (on US 27, north of Oxford). Pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible. We’ll return to Oxford in the afternoon.

Monday, December 8- Ohio Lights Out

2014/11/30

Monday, December 8- Ohio Lights Out: Using Monitoring Program Data to Save Migrating BirdsAmanda DurenOhio Bird Conservation Initiative

00-Amanda DurenEvery spring and fall, millions of birds migrate through Ohio on their way to or from their breeding grounds. Many birds migrate at night, and lights on tall buildings or aimed at the sky can cause birds to strike windows or circle buildings until they fall from exhaustion. Lights Out programs reduce these risks by encouraging building owners and tenants to limit lighting during migration. In this presentation, we will discuss the results of a monitoring program for bird collisions in downtown Columbus, and how these results are guiding the implementation of the new statewide Ohio Lights Out initiative.

Amanda Duren received a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State University in 2007 and a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Delaware in 2011. For her graduate work, she studied the impacts of non-native plants on bird populations in suburban forest fragments. Amanda currently works as the Program Coordinator for the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative. The duties of this position include the development of partnership projects among public and private conservation organizations and the coordination of avian education activities in Ohio. Amanda also enjoys exploring Ohio’s nature beauty through birding and kayaking.

Monday, December 8- Ohio Lights Out

2014/11/30

Monday, December 8- Ohio Lights Out: Using Monitoring Program Data to Save Migrating BirdsAmanda Duren, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative.

2nd floor Community Room, LCNB building, 30 Park Place West at 7:30 PM in uptown Oxford. All meetings are open to the public.

00-Amanda DurenEvery spring and fall, millions of birds migrate through Ohio on their way to or from their breeding grounds. Many birds migrate at night, and lights on tall buildings or aimed at the sky can cause birds to strike windows or circle buildings until they fall from exhaustion. Lights Out programs reduce these risks by encouraging building owners and tenants to limit lighting during migration. In this presentation, we will discuss the results of a monitoring program for bird collisions in downtown Columbus, and how these results are guiding the implementation of the new statewide Ohio Lights Out initiative.

Amanda Duren received a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State University in 2007 and a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Delaware in 2011. For her graduate work, she studied the impacts of non-native plants on bird populations in suburban forest fragments. Amanda currently works as the Program Coordinator for the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative. The duties of this position include the development of partnership projects among public and private conservation organizations and the coordination of avian education activities in Ohio. Amanda also enjoys exploring Ohio’s nature beauty through birding and kayaking.

 

 

Upcoming in December

2014/11/16

Audubon Miami Valley has some great activities on December’s calendar!

Monday, December 8- Ohio Lights Out: Using Monitoring Program Data to Save Migrating Birds, Amanda Duren, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative

Saturday, December 13, 2014: Brookville Lake: Dr. David Russell will again lead us on a birding tour of the Brookville Reservoir area between Liberty and Brookville, Indiana.

Saturday, December 20, 2014: 115th Annual Christmas Bird Count. 

 

 

Audubon Field Trip, 11/9/14

2014/11/02

On Sunday, November 9, please join Audubon Miami Valley for a field trip to Germantown MetroPark. Located just 45 minutes from Oxford, Germantown is the most diverse and significant natural area managed by Five Rivers MetroParks. The park web site is at  http://www.metroparks.org/Parks/Germantown/Home.aspx. The size, quality, and age of the woodlands are exceptional. Steep topography and varied moisture gradients make for a variety of forest types and microhabitats. Many species of plants and animals here are found nowhere else in Montgomery County. The park also contains large open grasslands, cedar glades, dry hillside prairies, all stages of natural succession, several ponds, and an exceptionally high quality stream, Twin Creek. The 1665-acre MetroPark is filled with spectacular ravines, towering trees, wildflowers, meadows, prairies, and excellent opportunities to observe wildlife.

 

Expert naturalist Sam Fitton will lead this outing. We will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. For instructions on meeting the trip at the site, or for more information, send me an e-mail at  jmichael@amvohio.org. Participants should pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible.

 

More information about AMV field trips is available at http://amvohio.org/field-trips/

Thursday, October 30- The Hefner Lecture: The Magic of Cranes, Dr. George Archibald.

2014/10/15

Thursday, October 23-  The Hefner Lecture: The Magic of Cranes – Engaging a Global Community, Dr. George Archibald. 

The Hefner Lecture is at 7:00 PM Benton Hall, Miami University, Oxford, OH

George at Lumbini Crane SanctuaryThe future of many crane species was once as fragile as the delicate and graceful birds themselves. George Archibald’s visionary leadership in international conservation efforts over the past 40 years has given flight to crane conservation worldwide. In 1973, when cranes were in a perilous situation and many were on the brink of extinction, Archibald, along with Cornell University colleague, Ronald Sauey, Ph.D., established the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in Baraboo, Wisconsin as the world center for the study and preservation of cranes. Today, ICF has over 50 employees and supports conservation projects in 45 countries. Archibald is a true conservation ambassador who uses his unique brand of crane diplomacy to work in sensitive places. He leverages the charisma of cranes to unite people from diverse cultures and countries to work together to preserve the landscapes necessary for the survival of both cranes and people.

Born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada, Archibald received his undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1968, and completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1977. In recognition of his many accomplishments, Archibald has received four honorary doctorates and many awards including the Gold Medal from the World Wildlife Fund, a Fellows Award from the MacArthur Foundation, The Wildlife Conservation Medal from the Zoological Society of San Diego, the Lilly Medal presented by the Indianapolis Zoo, and the Douglas H. Pimlott Award from Nature Canada. In 2013, Archibald was awarded the Order of Canada on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, and received the inaugural Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership from the National Audubon Society. He and his wife, Kyoko, live in the Baraboo countryside where they enjoy gardening and aviculture.

N.B. The Hefner Lecture is at 8:00 PM Benton Hall, Miami University, Oxford, OH