Horticulturalist Dick Munson will lead us on a visit to the hilly terrain of the Rush Run Wildlife Area, located in southern Preble County near the village of Somerville. Half of this 1,174-acre preserve is in woods, mostly on the steep hillsides of Rush Run Creek Valley. The rest includes meadows, cropland, and fields that are reverting to woodland. A map of the area is at http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/wildlife/Maps/Wildlife%20Area%20Maps/PDFs/rushrun.pdf. Rush Run Creek is an intermittent stream, named for its rapid water flow. In a four-mile stretch it descends 300 feet. The lake, covering 58 acres, was constructed in 1970. Large numbers of waterfowl and songbirds migrate through in spring and fall, many bird species nest there, and hawks stop over during fall migration. Rush Run is also an excellent place for hunting fossils. 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.
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), firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 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.
Audubon 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 email@example.com
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.
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!
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.