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Saturday, June 6, 2015: Field Trip to Deer Creek State Park

2015/05/24

On Saturday, June 6, the public is invited to join Audubon Miami Valley for a field trip to Deer Creek State Park. Situated in Fayette and Pickaway Counties, the Park is a collage of meadows and woodlands surrounding a scenic reservoir located in the heart of Ohio’s agricultural country. Lying on the eastern edge of the great till plains of Ohio, Deer Creek offers an interesting variety of habitats to explore any time of year. Before this region was cleared for farming, it was covered by dense woodlands. Today, a regrowth of the original woodlands can be found scattered along the ridge tops and creek bottoms of the Park. The dam forming the Reservoir was completed in 1968 and the Park, comprising 2,337 acres, officially opened in 1974. This trip, which should give great opportunities to see nesting bird species, will be led by expert birder and photographer Robert Royse, who will meet the group at the Park.

A link to a Park map can be found at http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/parks/PDFs/parks/Maps/Deer_Creek/deercreekparkmap.pdf.

The trip will leave at 6:30 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s), arrive at Deer Creek in about two hours, and return to Oxford in the afternoon. Ticks may be plentiful, so appropriate dress and insect repellent are recommended. Participants should pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible.

Each month between September and June, Audubon Miami Valley sponsors a field trip to a regional site of special interest. All are welcome on AMV field trips. More information about AMV field trips is available at http://amvohio.org/events/field-trips/.

For more information contact:  Jim Michael, 513 593-0180 (cell), jmichael@amvohio.org

Monday, May 11- In search of the elusive Sprengel’s Sedge

2015/05/09

4 - Rick GardnerMonday, May 11- In search of the elusive Sprengel’s Sedge: An informative and entertaining sojourn with Ohio’s State Botanist, Rick Gardner, Chief Botanist, ODNR. Meeting in on the 2nd floor Community Room, LCNB Building, 30 Park Place West at 7:30 PM in uptown Oxford.   

This month’s talk provides a lens into the study of Ohio’s diverse flora. Travel with Rick Gardener while searching for and monitoring state listed plants, preserving Ohio’s natural heritage, and past and future Ohio field botanists. Rick is one of those rare individuals who has been able to live his life as a botanist and bring his unique perspective in preserving the best of the wild Ohio landscape.

Rick Gardner graduated from Miami University with a B.S. degree in botany and he is the Chief Botanist of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). He has been field botanist in Ohio for over twenty years having worked for the Ohio Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the state of Ohio. Rick became a visiting scholar at The Ohio State University herbarium in 2011. During his field time he has discovered many new native and non-native species to the state.

‘Birds Are Fun’ Family Activities at Hueston Woods Nature Center

2015/05/03

Audubon Miami Valley hosts kid-friendly activities on Saturday, May 9, 9am-noon

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  • Measure your ‘Wingspan’
  • Quiz your Bird ID skills
  • Make Origami birds
  • Play Bird Bingo
  • Rain or shine!

VOLUNTEER DAY AT HUESTON WOODS, 4/25

2015/04/18

alien invaders T-shirtAudubon Miami Valley will host a habitat restoration project removing invasive plants in the Big Woods Nature Preserve on Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10am-noon and 1pm-3; Lunch from 12-1. Gloves and tools provided; wear long pants and sturdy shoes!

For ages 16+. Pre-registration required by April 10: contact greynolds@amvohio.org

Audubon Art Contest Showcases Talent

2015/04/03

Audubon Miami Valley opened its fourth annual K-12 bird art contest on March 21, 2015 at the Oxford Community Arts Center in Oxford, Ohio. The exhibition featured 91 entries from nine area school districts: Eaton, Hamilton, Middletown, Talawanda, and McGuffey Montessori School. Entries focused on two themes: Birds of the Midwest and Birds of the Mississippi Flyway. A live bird presentation by Shawn Conner (Hueston Woods Naturalist), an awards ceremony and an Outreach Naturist program presented by Chris Rowlands from Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm topped the afternoon’s activities. Students received a ribbon of Merit, Excellence or Participation as well as a certificate, hand folded origami bird and a gift bag. Congratulations to all the young artists for their creativity and interest in birds.

Click here to see 2015 Audubon Certificate & Awards List.

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Left to Right:

  • (Big Owl) by Elana Russell, Wildwood Elementary, 4th Grade, Middletown, Ohio
  • Blue Jay by Brook Boler, Talawanda High School, 9th Grade, Oxford, Ohio
  • Saw- Whet Owl: Neko Duvall, McGuffey Montessori, 6th Grade Oxford, Ohio

A big thanks to Audubon Miami Valley sponsors:

Audubon of Omaha, Nebraska, the Oxford Community Arts Center, MU department of Architecture and Interior design, Oxford Community Foundation, Kiwanis of Oxford, Butler Rural Electric Cooperative and The Kroger Company.

Next year, the Bird Art Contest will open an exhibition of work on March 22, 2016 at the Oxford Community Arts Center in Oxford, Ohio. Look for details on AMV’s website. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make the event a success!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HONEYSUCKLE DAY, 4/11

2015/04/02

It’s SPRING and time to make a difference for native wildlife and the children who love to learn about them. Volunteers are needed at Marshall School (Route 27 south of Oxford) on Saturday, April 11, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Meet to the left and behind the school.

Bring your work gloves, shovels, lunch or snack and come for all or part of the day. Wear long-sleeved work clothes and boots suited to the weather.  Children must bring an adult work partner.

To learn about and improve wildlife habitat, the elementary students will plant native trees and shrubs later to replace the invasive honeysuckle we remove. Contributions to their efforts are greatly appreciated (and tax-deductible) and can be made payable to EMU, at EMU “Seedling Fund,” P.O. Box 701, Oxford, OH 45056. Contact the Environmental Mobile Unit (EMU) at 523-9849 for more information or if you are planning to bring a large group.

Russells to Speak at Forest Run Park Visitor’s Center, MetroPark Butler Co., April 17

2015/03/30

3 - David RussellTuesday, April 14, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, Forest Run Park Visitor’s Center, 1976 Timberman Rd. Hamilton. A wave of neo-tropical migrants, headed north from the American tropics, has been descending upon the tri-state area for the past three weeks in ever increasing numbers indicating that spring must be here. They are the vanguard of more than 200 neo-tropical migrant species flooding into North America. Although your eyes may not deceive you the multitude of different calls and songs surrounding you are bewildering. Come spend the evening with Dave and Jill Russell as they help you improve your birding skills just-in-time for your first spring birding trip. Dave Russell teaches introductory and advanced ornithology courses at Miami University. Dave is a certified bird bander and trainer. Through the Avian Research and Education Institute (AREI) 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 AREI bird banding station at Hueston Woods State Park. 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. Dave and his wife Jill have a continuing project banding Boreal Owls in the Fairbanks Alaska area that has been ongoing for the past five years.