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The Ash Tree Project

2014/06/11

The Ash Tree Project (ATP) aims to treat select high-value ash trees (fraxinus spp.) with the trunk-injected insecticide emmamectin benzoate (trade name “TREE-age”) to prevent near-certain mortality due to the exotic invasive pest Emerald Ash Borer (EAB – Agrilus planipennis).  Treatment with TREE-age is commonly considered being effective for a two-year period, with some municipalities using a longer interval.

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ATP is a conservation project of the local Audubon chapter – Audubon Miami Valley (AMV).  Initially funded through an Audubon Collaborative Funding Grant, ATP was given a huge boost in May 2014 by a donation from the Arborjet company of application equipment, one liter of insecticide, and a half-day of on-site training from Arborjet representatives on 5/29/2014.

The priority treatment area is a 200+ acre tract known as Hueston Woods State Nature Preserve (HWSNP), aka “Big Woods”, within Hueston Woods State Park. HWSNP is a stand of “old growth” timber, a beech-maple forest designated in 1967 as a National Natural Landmark. (read more)

Field Trip, Saturday, June 7, 2014: Salt Creek Sanctuary, Franklin Co., IN

2014/06/01

The 250-acre Salt Creek Nature Sanctuary is a beautiful natural area located in Southeastern Indiana, about 55 minutes from Oxford, Ohio. Formerly a hill farm, the site has not been farmed since its purchase by Don and Pat Kaufman in 1983. Deep valleys, running streams, and wooded ravines mark its rolling terrain. Old- growth stands on the steep slopes mix with second- and third-growth stands on the higher, flatter areas; old fields and riparian areas add to the overall diversity of the site. All of the land within the boundaries of Salt Creek is under conservation easement and will be managed in perpetuity by The Oxford Society, whose web site is at http://www.theoxfordsociety.org/salt_creek_sanctuary.html. Don Kaufman will host this visit. The trip will leave at 8:00 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. Pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible.

Field Trip, Saturday, May 10, 2014: Hueston Woods State Park

2014/05/03

Hueston Woods State Park offers a wealth of different bird habitats and is easily accessible. We’ll look for gulls, waterbirds, raptors and shorebirds around Acton Lake; and explore nearby wooded areas and forest edges for migrants as well as nesting species. A link to a map of the park is at http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/huestonwoods. Hardy Eshbaugh will lead this outing, which will meet in front of the Park Nature Center at 7:00 a.m. Bring binoculars if possible and food if desired.

Field Trip, Saturday, May 10, 2014: Hueston Woods State Park.

2014/05/01

Hueston Woods State Park offers a wealth of different bird habitats and is easily accessible. We’ll look for gulls, waterbirds, raptors and shorebirds around Acton Lake; and explore nearby wooded areas and forest edges for migrants as well as nesting species. A link to a map of the park is at http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/huestonwoods Jim Michael will lead this outing, which will meet in front of the Park Nature Center at 7:00 a.m. Bring binoculars if possible and food if desired.

Monday, MAY 5 – “Birds and Coffee”, Valery Peters, Department of Biology, Miami University

2014/04/26

Valery PetersCoffee covers more than 10 million hectares of land globally, and coffee is one crop that can be managed for biodiversity because coffee flavor is improved when grown under shade trees. Some species using coffee agroforests may also provide services to the coffee plants, such as pollination and control of pests. This talk will focus on how birds and coffee can benefit each other, presenting a case-study from Costa Rica.

Dr. Peters earned her B.S. in Biology from Pennsylvania State University. After undergrad she wanted to pursue a PhD, but first planned to spend 5 years learning about real-world conservation issues so she could choose a meaningful dissertation topic. So, she spent one year as an Americorps NCCC volunteer in Northeastern U.S., one year as an Americorps Red Cross Volunteer in Chicago, and 2.5 years with the Peace Corps in Honduras. In 2009 Valery  completed her PhD in Ecology at the University of Georgia at the Odum School of ecology, the successor of the Institute of Ecology at UGA.  Dr. Peters is currently a post-doctoral member of the Department of Biology at Miami University.

Dr. Peter’s talk will be in 218 Pearson hall at 7:30 P.M.  All meetings are open to the public.

Audubon Miami Valley will host Dave Russell on Tuesday, APR 22, 7 – 9 PM

2014/04/20

“So you think you are a traveler! – Consider our neo-tropical migrants.” 

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Audubon Miami Valley will host Dave Russell, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology, Miami University at a public program on Tuesday,  APR 22, 7 – 9 PM.  Dave teaches introductory and advanced ornithology courses. He is a certified bird bander and trainer. 

The event will take place at the Chrisholm MetroPark in the Chrisholm-Augspurger House Meeting Room, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton. 

Waves of warblers and other neo-tropical migrants are descending on the tri-state area.  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. Join Dave Russell for an evening of fun with a refresher course designed to hone your identification skills.

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.

The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. 

CORRECTION ON DATE, TUESDAY, APR 22, 7PM – Dave Russell Program

2014/04/18

Dave Russell 2“So you think you are a traveler! – Consider our neo-tropical migrants.”, Dave Russell, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology, Miami University

Waves 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.