Monday, April 8, 2013 ”Bird-friendly Communities” with Anne Balogh, 7:30 p.m., 2nd Floor Community Room, Lebanon Citizens National Bank, 30 Park Place West, Oxford, Ohio.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, “Spring is in the Air” with David Russell, Department of Zoology, 7:00pm, Room, 218 Pearson Hall, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Each spring millions of birds migrate from the tropics back to the temperate region and the boreal forest. This fallout enriches our lives and renews our energy. Whether in the field or at a banding station one cannot help be impressed by the diversity of these erstwhile travelers. How to cope with such a wave of spring returners? Dave will try to bring our ears and eyes back in shape after eight months absence.
Dave Russell is a professor who teaches ornithology at Miami University and runs the Avian Research and Education Institute bird banding station at Hueston Woods State Park. He and his wife Jill also do research on Boreal Owls in the summer while teaching in Alaska. They have also developed a fascination for Peony’s and Peony farming in Alaska.
Monday, May 13, 2013 “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Hog Island” with Ben and Lynne Mattox of the Talawanda Schools, 7:30 p.m., 2nd Floor Community Room, Lebanon Citizens National Bank, 30 Park Place West, Oxford, Ohio.
Ben and Lynne Mattox, the proud recipients of the AMV scholarship spent a wonderful week at Maine Audubon’s Hog Island workshop for environmental educators this July. During their presentation they will present a slide show documenting their experience and share how the workshop has influenced their teaching of environmental concepts to students this year. They had many first time experiences including bird sightings, geological structures, stars visible only where the lights do not shine at night, as well as botanical treasures, none of which will soon be forgotten. Ben is currently in his 26th year of teaching science, 24 of those years teaching mostly biology and botany at Talawanda High School. Environmental education has always been an important part of the curriculum in these courses. Ben has a B.S. in Biological Education and an M.A.T. in Biological Science, both from Miami University. Lynne is currently in her 22nd year of teaching, again most of that time teaching for Talawanda Schools. Lynne is an Intervention Specialist (Special Education teacher), and also includes environmental concepts in her lessons. At times she gets a chance to co-teach and actually teaches science lessons. Lynne has a B.S. in Special Education and an M.A.T. in Biological Science, both from Miami University.