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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

Audubon Art Contest Showcases Talent


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!



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


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.

2015 Audubon Certificate & Awards List


Click on the link to see the 2015 Audubon Certificate & Awards List!

Field Trip, Saturday, March 28, 2015: EcOhio Wetlands


The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 600-acre property, located north of downtown Mason, Ohio, is a refuge for plants and wildlife. Since the early 2000’s, the Zoo’s conservation efforts have reclaimed thirty acres of wetlands and have brought 125 bird species and 200 native plants to the former Bowyer Farm. Now known as EcOhio Wetlands, the property comprises wetland, prairie and forest areas.  There are no paved trails, so sturdy shoes and long pants are recommended. This field trip will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s), arrive at the site in about an hour, and return to Oxford in the afternoon. We will be met at the property by our guide, Brian F. Jorg, Manager of the Native Plant Program at the Cincinnati Zoo. Pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible

Student Art Contest and Exhibition, March 21, 2015


Announcing the Audubon Miami Valley

Student Art Contest and Exhibition, 2015

Grades K – 12

Themes:    Birds of the Midwest and Birds of the Mississippi Flyway

Art Exhibition is free and open to the public!

Important Dates: 

March 6: 2:30 – 5:30 pm: drop off art work at Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 N. College Ave.,Oxford, Ohio

March 7: 10:00 – 2:00 pm: drop off work at Oxford Community Arts Center, Oxford, Ohio

March 10: Judging of entries

March 13: Awards posted on Aududon Miami Valley website

March 21: Exhibition opening: 12:00 – 4:00 pm, Oxford Community Arts Center 

March 27: 2:30 – 5:30 pm: Pick up artwork, if needed

March 28: 10:00 – 2:00 pm: Pick up artwork, if needed


Schedule of Events for the Exhibition, March 21, 2015.

12:15 pm: OCAC front lawn: Live Birds!  Shawn Conner, Hueston Woods Naturalist

1:00 pm:  OCAC  In the south Ballroom: Chris Rowlands, Outreach Naturalist,  Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm

2:00 pm: In the south Ballroom:  Awards ceremony grades K – 4

2:30 pm: In the south Ballroom: Awards ceremony grades 5 – 12

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