On December 14, Audubon Miami Valley will hold its annual Christmas Bird Count. The data collected from this count, combined with other surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey, provide a picture of how the continents bird populations have changed in time and space over the past forty years. Local trends provide strategies for protecting birds and their habitats. They also signal an immediate environmental threat such as groundwater contamination or poisoning from improper use of pesticides
Everyone is welcome to participate, regardless of experience. New participants can join groups led by experts covering portions of the count area. Meet at 7:00am at the Miami University Ecology Research Center on Somerville Rd. Bring a covered dish to share for lunch after the count and your own table service. Dress warmly and wear boots for walking. Wear a bright jacket and bring binoculars if possible.
We will break out in teams to cover an area of approximately 176 square miles around Oxford. Count areas include Springwood, Four Mile Creek, Bachelor Wildlife Preserve, Indian Creek Valley, Rush Run, Hueston Woods State Park-Acton Lake and the Miami University Airport. At any time during the day, birdwatchers at home can email counts to Larry Gersbach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soon after the count, results will be available at Audubon Miami Valley’s website: www.amvohio.org. Data collected is sent to National Audubon Society and published annually in a special issue of “American Birds.” Larry Gersbach and Dave Russell are coordinators of the event.
MONDAY, DEC 9 – The World around Us as seen Through the Lens of a Wildlife Photographer, Jim Chagaris
Jim will share his avian photography along with his camera equipment and techniques. Be sure to bring your photography questions. Jim is a professional photographer and owner of Chagares Photography in Richmond, Indiana. He has been awarded the Master of Photography, Master of Electronic Imaging, Photographic Craftsman and Certification degrees from Professional Photographers of America. Jim is also a Fellow of the American Society of Photography. He is a nationally approved photographic exhibition judge with Professional Photographers of America. Learn more about Jim at www.chagaresphotography.com. Jim is an award winning wildlife photographer. If you spend any time in the out of doors you may have encountered Jim. He can be found lurking around Brookville Lake photographing Bald Eagles. If there is an unusual sighting in nature around the tri-state area, anticipate that Jim will have been there before you. To get the unique photographs attributed to Jim requires infinite careful planning, superb timing, flexibility, and a “little bit” of luck. Join us for an evening with a master craftsman.
Chapter Meetings are held the second Monday of the indicated months in the 2nd floor Community Room, LCNB building, 30 Park Place West at 7:30 PM in uptown Oxford. All meetings are open to the public.
December 7, 2013: 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. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the west end of the new Wal Mart parking lot. Pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible. We’ll return to Oxford in the afternoon.
MONDAY, NOV 11 – Green Fire, the Story of Aldo Leopold The first full-length documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, Green Fire highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land. The film explores Aldo Leopold’s life in the early part of the twentieth century and the many ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world today. Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time is a production of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the US Forest Service, and the Center for Humans and Nature. Although probably best known as the author of the conservation classic A Sand County Almanac, Leopold is also renowned for his work as an educator, philosopher, forester, ecologist, and wilderness advocate. Please join us for this most memorable evening. Chapter Meetings are held the second Monday of the indicated months in the 2nd floor Community Room, LCNB building, 30 Park Place West at 7:30 PM in uptown Oxford. All meetings are open to the public.
November 9, 2013: Great Miami River Tour
Join Chuck Holliday as he leads us on a tour of the Great Miami River and its environs between Middletown and Hamilton, Ohio. This riparian corridor comprises public parks, gravel pits, natural areas, stream beds, and other interesting sites where we’ll look for wading birds, ducks, geese and hawks as well as migrating passerines. The group will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the old Wal Mart parking lot (on Locust Street next to McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. We’ll be driving between sites and walking at each location. Pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible.
Gannets, and Razorbills, and Puffins! Oh My! A photo safari exploration of some of the more intriguing areas along the northern coast of Maine including the historic Audubon camp at Hog Island, and one of the most accessible breeding colonies of Atlantic Puffins in the world; Machias Seal-Island. You’ll learn how photography can enhance your natural history travel learning experience beyond just simple vacation photos. Casey Tucker is the director of the American Avian Conservation & Research Institute; a bird organization working to engage people in bird conservation and research through science education. He has worked as a Conservation Educator for the Columbus Zoo, as a Research Associate for a bioacoustics research lab, and as an Education Specialist for the National Audubon Society in Ohio. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree through Miami University’s Project Dragonfly Advanced Inquiry Program. Tucker is an amateur wildlife and natural history photographer whose photos have appeared in the “National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Birds of North America” by Edward S. Brinkley, the “National Geographic Bird Coloration” book by Geoff E. Hill, the “Stokes’ Field Guide to Birds of North America” by Don and Lillian Stokes, and the recent Eastern and Western editions of that guide.
Audubon Miami Valley is a again partnering with the Whistle Stop to bring you the best in bird seed and suet products. To find out more download the Bird Seed_Sale_Brochure 2013.
Details on dates and location:
Please order by October 13, 2013
Pick up dates are Friday, October 25, 3 – 5: 30 PM and Saturday, October 26, 9 am – noon
Pick-up Location: Whistle Stop Drive Thru (from Spring Street, just north on Elm Street, across from the Oxford Fire Station in Oxford, Oh)
Your support of the Audubon Miami Valley Bird Seed Sale is essential to the success of our educational programs and scholarships, sending area educators to Audubon Eco-Camps, and providing for the funding support of Audubon programming for area school children.