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Audubon Miami Valley endorses the MetroParks of Butler County Levy


Audubon Miami Valley endorses the MetroParks of Butler County Levy to be on March 15, 2016 ballot!

The purpose of the Levy is to ask voters to approve a 6 year, 0.05 mill renewal of an existing tax and an increase of two-tenths (0.02) mill to keep parks open, clean and safe in the future. The levy is not permanent and will expire in 6 years unless voters renew the funding.

During the years of the current levy, the MetroParks has made tremendous strides with some new properties designated as passive recreation with habitat perfect for birds and other critters. We love that!

There’s a lot you can do to help and right now organizers are looking for places to display signs endorsing the levy. You can find out how to get at sign at

Please help spread the word!

FEBRUARY 8 -​​ On the Other Side of the World, Beth Davis, Teacher


“Thank you for the Audubon Miami Valley Rosie Bloom Scholarship. I cannot wait to share my experiences traveling half way around the world to Borneo in order to complete a primate conservation course for Miami University’s Project Dragonfly. From working with international scientists, at the Danau Girang Field Station, where within 15 minutes of arrival, we saw our first wild orangutan; to the villagers of Sukau, who work diligently with the Hutan Kinabatangan Oran-utan Conservation Programme (a French NGO) in preserving wildlife, the rainforest, and their own futures, this was as truly “pinch me, am I really here” type of experience.”

Beth teaches fifth-grade science and language arts. After many years as a secretary, stay-at-home mom, professional clown, bank teller, and elementary school librarian, Beth received a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Childhood Education from Miami University. She is currently involved in Miami’s Earth Expeditions/Project Dragonfly Program and is working toward a Master of Arts in Teaching Biological Sciences degree. Earth Expeditions has afforded Beth the opportunity to travel to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula to study desert ecology and marine biology and to Borneo to study primate conservation. Whether standing face-to-face with a curious orangutan or a curious fifth-grader Beth is always prepared to draw from her varied experiences to teach and tell others about nature and science. 

Chapter Meetings are held the second Monday of the indicated months in the 2nd floor Community Room, Lebanon Citizens National Bank building, 30 Park Place West at 7:30 PM in uptown Oxford unless otherwise noted. All meetings are open to the public.

Field Trip, Saturday, January 9, 2016: Riverside Natural Area, Hamilton


Riverside Natural Area is located along the Great Miami River in Hamilton, Ohio. It includes a lagoon formed from an old river channel, a small man-made wetland that backs up against the south side of the lagoon, and approximately 130 acres of prairie. There are mulched trails that wind through the north side of the preserve, an observation deck overlooking the lagoon, and a paved access road that leads into the large prairie. In cold weather, the river can be good for waterfowl, and pipits and killdeer can be found along the river’s edge in January. We will be met at the site, in a parking lot off Fairview Avenue, by our guide, Charlie Saunders, an experienced birder who knows the area well. 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 late morning. Most of the field trip will consist of hiking along the river. Bring snacks if desired and binoculars if possible. If you have questions, call Charlie at 513-829-6981.

Christmas Bird Count, Saturday, December 19


For over 100 years Audubon has been conducting a Christmas Bird Count.
Please join Audubon Miami Valley members for this important annual citizen science event. It doesn’t matter if you are just learning to bird watch or if you are an accomplished birder, come out for a brisk walk to look for winter birds.
Meet at Miami University Research Ecology Center at 5806 Somerville Rd Oxford Ohio 45056 at 7 AM on Saturday, December 19th. Then join AMV for a potluck luncheon and bird tally at the Research Center at noon immediately after the count. Just bring a dish to share and provide your own table service.For more information, contact the Bird Count Coordinator, Larry Gersbach, at

We hope to see you on Saturday the 19th. A great time will be had by all!

Dec 14- Belize it or Not: Birding the Mayan Ruins


Chapter Meetings are held the second Monday of the indicated months in the 2nd floor Community Room, Lebanon Citizens National Bank building, 30 Park Place West at 7:30 PM in uptown Oxford unless otherwise noted (n.b.). All meetings are open to the public.

DEC 14- Belize it or Not: Birding the Mayan Ruins, Jim Michael

AMV - Jim Michael 12-14-15Jim Michael will make a presentation on a March 10-19, 2015 birding trip to Belize which included visits to rainforest, savannah, and riparian habitats as well as Mayan ruins. A tiny country in northern Central America, Belize is home to over 560 species of birds and is also recognized as the center of the ancient Mayan world. We can anticipate a travelogue featuring both the avian and archeological aspects of this fascinating country.

A retired attorney, Jim spent most of his professional career at Millikin & Fitton Law Firm based in Hamilton, Ohio. Jim has done volunteer work with Oxford Kiwanis, Planned Parenthood, Audubon Miami Valley, United Way, and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. He has also appeared occasionally in theatrical productions with Oxford Area Community Theater.

Saturday, December 12, 2015: Brookville Lake Area


Field Trip, Saturday, December 12, 2015: Brookville Lake Area

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 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.


For instructions on meeting a trip at the trip site, or information on last-minute changes, consult the site or send an e-mail to the trip coordinator at

NOV 9- The Big Picture – Pictures and Stories from the Field


Chapter Meetings are held the second Monday of the indicated months in the 2nd floor Community Room, Lebanon Citizens National Bank building, 30 Park Place West at 7:30 PM in uptown Oxford unless otherwise noted (n.b.). All meetings are open to the public.

NOV 9- The Big Picture – Pictures and Stories from the Field, Steve Gifford

Steve Gifford 11.9.15It’s amazing to me as I look back how by closing one door so many new and exciting doors have been opened.”  After a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease at the age of 35 brought Steve’s career in automotive engineering to a close, he had no idea how returning to his love for photography and the outdoors would lead to many new and exciting opportunities.  From close encounters with bears and bobcats to the beauty of owls in flight, come and enjoy pictures and stories from the field as Steve shares his passion for wildlife and our natural world.

Steve is a native of Oxford, graduating from Talawanda High School and Miami University and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Sycamore Land Trust.  Steve’s images have appeared in a variety of local and national media including CNN, Birds&Blooms magazine and Outdoor Indiana and are frequently utilized by the National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Indiana DNR and other groups to promote land conservation.  Steve currently lives in southwest Indiana with his wife and daughter and has one son in the Marine Corps.