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Wednesday, APR 22 – “So you think you are a traveler! – Consider our neo-tropical migrants.”, Dave Russell, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology, Miami University


Dave Russell 2Waves of warblers and other neo-tropical migrants are descending on the tri-state area. Spring is definitely here. More than 200 species are returning from South and Central America. They began arriving just a few weeks ago and now they are beginning to fill the forest and fields with the melodious songs of spring. Your eyes may not deceive you but your ears are another question. It isn’t easy! Join Dave Russell for an evening of fun with a refresher course designed to hone your identification skills.

Dave Russell teaches introductory and advanced ornithology courses. Dave is a certified bird bander and trainer. Through the Avian Research and Education Institute whose mission is “to protect and conserve avian populations through research, education, and advocacy” many area residents and students have learned about birds and the thrill of bird banding by visiting the Hueston Woods State Park banding station. Bird banding is a powerful tool with which to teach conservation lessons and become an advocate for the birds. AREI is sponsored and supported by Audubon Miami Valley.

Meet at the Butler County Metro Park, Chrisholm Historic Farmstead and Samuel Ausperger House, 2070 Woodsdale Road. Trenton, Ohio. All meetings are open to the public.

Field Trip, Saturday, April 12, 2014: Warbler Walk at Hunter/Huffmeier Property


This will be another delightful visit to the rural Indiana property of our hosts, Kathy Hunter and Ron Huffmeier. The land, located just to the west of Brookville Lake, features stunning old-growth forest along with open grassy areas and lovely streams. We are sure to find a nice variety of birds while walking through this attractive setting. Pack a lunch, and we will dine on the deck of Kathy and Ron’s home overlooking the woods. We’ll leave at 7:00 a.m. from west end of the new Wal-Mart parking lot (on US 27, north of Oxford) and return to Oxford after lunch.

Monday, APR 14 – “Bird the Beloved Country”, Bill Heck, President, Columbus Ohio Audubon


 Bill Heck Profile PicSouth Africa has an extraordinary range of habitats, from seashores to deserts and from mountains to lowland plains. These habitats, in turn, host an incredible diversity of flora and fauna – especially birds. Tonight’s presentation will sample a few of South Africa’s unique bioregions, touching not only on the threats that they face, but also on the conservation efforts being made to save them for posterity.

In addition to being the president t of Columbus Audubon Bill has been treasurer of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in northwestern Ohio; on the Audubon Ohio board; and on the nominating committee of the Ohio Ornithological Society.  A former resident of southwestern Ohio, Bill has been president of Audubon Miami Valley, the Audubon chapter serving Butler and Preble counties; served as treasurer of the Three Valley Conservation Trust; and was treasurer of the Environmental Mobile Unit in Oxford.

He retired in 2007 after a career in information technology management in both the private and public sectors.  He holds BA from Heidelberg University, a MA from Kent State University, and a MBA from Miami University.

When not working with conservation and birding organizations, Bill travels extensively, usually on birding trips. His destinations have included a number of countries in Central and South America as well as Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda, Madagascar, Thailand, and the Philippines.  His wife, Mary, joins him on the less lunatic of these adventures. Bill’s friends describe him as an obsessive birder but otherwise harmless.

Chapter Meetings are held the second Monday of the indicated months in the 2nd Community Room, LCNB building, 30 Park Place West sat 7:30 PM in uptown Oxford unless noted otherwise. All meetings our open to the public.

Miami Students Investigate Stormwater


My name is Alex Del Valle and I am part of a team of graduate students in the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES) at Miami University. Our team is assisting Oxford’s Environmental Commission with research regarding stormwater management in Oxford. We want to make contact with the Audubon Miami Valley since we believed your organization to be relevant to this project.

In particular, we are investigating what stormwater management practices residents and businesses have incorporated on their properties. These practices, often referred to as stormwater best management practices (BMPs), include rain gardens, rain barrels, pervious pavers, bioswales, and other practices. The team plans to summarize the current practices so that the Commission understands the current extent of these practices in Oxford. With the permission of the owners or managers of the BMPs, we also hope to create a map that identifies the location of the BMPs.

We are contacting the Audubon Miami Valley to see if you think any of your members may have incorporated stormwater BMPs on their property. If so, would you mind sending them this link to an online questionnaire:  Oxford Stormwater Management BMP Questionnaire

The questionnaire is strictly for research purposes and is completely voluntary. The first page of the survey informs the participants about the research and asks for their consent before they proceed.

In addition to the online questionnaire, we were wondering if we would be able to attend one of your club meetings to share information about our project. We thought that your club members may be interested in our work. We also thought this would provide us the opportunity to bring paper copies of the questionnaire to provide to those who may have been missed in the online questionnaire. I’d be happy to discuss this with you in more detail. Feel free to contact me via this email address or call me at 330-573-6992.

Research Notice and Consent: This research project is being conducted by IES students for course credit on behalf of the Oxford Environmental Commission. Your participation is voluntary. If you choose to participate, you may change your mind at any time. The students will ask for your consent before they use your information in the report. For more information about the research project, contact the project manager and course instructor, Suzi Zazycki at513-529-5845 or If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, contact the Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship at513-529-3600 or

Audubon Student Art Exhibit/Awards, March 22, Noon-4pm



Artwork from this competition will be part of a public art exhibit at Talawanda High SchoolThe exhibit will open at 12:00 noon on Saturday, March 22, 2014, and end at 4:00 pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The works of all student entrants will be on exhibit. The awards show will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014, time to be announced, and will last approximately one hour.  Each winner will receive a ribbon and a special prize, to be presented at the awards ceremony. All Award of Excellence winners and Award of Merit winners are asked to be present to receive their awards. All will have their names read and will be called to receive their award ribbon and prize.  Please check our website after March 14, 2014, for the list of winners. No written confirmation will be sent out to teachers or schools. Teachers, parents and students must check the web site for winners/judging results.

AMV Art Contest Awards 2014





(Last year’s exhibit)

A Birder’s Migration


Monday, MAR 10 – “A Birder’s Migration”, Leno Davis, Department of Biology, Miami University

Leno DavisAncilleno “Leno” Davis is a doctoral student in Ecology Evolution and Environmental Biology program at Miami University. Originally from the Bahamas, Leno has worked with most of the major conservation organizations and on most major island groups in the Bahamas and has visited various other Caribbean Nations and traveled through Mexico and the US. Ancilleno also serves as a Director-at-Large for the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds.

Leno will deliver a presentation called “A BirdER’s migration” detailing the circuitous route and serendipitous events that have brought him from the Bahamas to Ohio. The presentation will use personal photos from 12 years of research and travel from Ohio, Michigan, The Bahamas, Grenada and Mexico. Many of the photos will also be available for purchase and proceeds go toward Caribbean bird conservation.

Chapter Meetings are held the second Monday of the indicated months in the 2nd Community Room, LCNB building, 30 Park Place West sat 7:30 PM in uptown Oxford unless noted otherwise. All meetings our open to the public

Field Trip, Saturday, March 15, 2014: Miami Whitewater Forest


Miami Whitewater Forest, at 4,345 acres, is the largest park within the Hamilton County park system and one of the premier birding sites in our area. The Shaker Trace Wetlands area, with its bird blind and unimproved trails, is a good spot for many duck, shorebird and wader species, depending on water levels. In the wooded areas of the park, we will look for early passerine migrants. A link to a downloadable map of the park is at If time allows, we may also visit the nearby Fernald Preserve, operated by the U.S. Department of Energy. With its wetlands and ponds, grasslands and wooded areas, Fernald offers great opportunities for raptors, ducks, grassland species and migrants. Hardy Eshbaugh will lead this outing, which will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the former Wal-Mart parking lot (on Locust Street next to McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. Pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible.