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Look, learn, touch, teach

2016/09/10

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Monday, September 12, 7:30 p.m.- Look, learn, touch, teach: The importance of the authentic object in making connections with nature (and recruiting the next generation of birders) with speakers Steve Sullivan and Julie Robinson, 2nd floor conference room of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank building at 30 West Park Place, Oxford, Ohio. This meeting is free and open to the public.

Field Trip: Gov. Bebb MetroPark on Sunday, September 11, 2016

2016/09/01

 

8780815555_cb854a279c_bOn Sunday, September 11, Audubon Miami Valley launches its 2016-17 field trip season with a visit to Governor Bebb MetroPark, located in southwest Butler County just a twenty-minute drive from Oxford. This 264-acre preserve appeals to nature lovers, history buffs, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Acres of woods, meadows, fields, and streams provide ample habitat for wildlife observation and nature study. The park takes its name from William Bebb, 19th Governor of Ohio, whose 1799 birthplace cabin and boyhood home is the centerpiece of the Pioneer Village. A park trail map is at http://www.yourmetroparks.net/governor-bebb-map.pdf.

Experienced horticulturist Dick Munson will lead this trip, which 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 early afternoon.

For more information, or instructions on meeting the trip at the site, send an e-mail to Jim Michael, AMV field trip coordinator, at jmichael@amvohio.org. Participants should pack food if desired 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 is available at https://amvohio.org/events/field-trips/.

 

SEP 12- Look, learn, touch, teach

2016/08/31

Monday, September 12, 7:30 p.m.- Look, learn, touch, teach: The importance of the authentic object in making connections with nature (and recruiting the next generation of birders) with speakers Steve Sullivan and Julie Robinson, 2nd floor conference room of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank building at 30 West Park Place, Oxford, Ohio. This meeting is free and open to the public.

SullivanSteve Sullivan, Director Robert A. Hefner Museum of Natural History and Julie Robison, Senior Project Manager and Museum Educator. Steve and Julie will address how museum specimens are used in the generation and dissemination of knowledge. Pedagogical theory, conservation ethics, and philosophy will underpin this discussion with a focus on fun ways to talk with the non-birders in your life about the importance of nature to everyone. Specimens of several local bird species will be available for close inspection.

Steve’s passion for museums as a teaching tool began at an early age. By high school, he had transformed his parent’s basement into “Steve’s Museum”—a place where local kids could come to learn about the nature in their neighborhood through examining the living and preserved specimens Steve had collected. At Brigham Young University, while majoring in zoology and conservation biology, Steve worked at the university’s museum of natural history, and volunteered at the museums of art and paleontology, and took courses through the museum of anthropology, learning more about the technical aspects of running a professional research and display institution. Early in his career, Steve worked at the US Fish and Wildlife service monitoring bird populations, teaching teacher professional development classes, and creating exhibits. Later he managed the scientific collections of at one of the oldest natural history institutions, the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Museum.

robinson1[1]Julie Robinson is the Senior Project Manager and Museum Educator at the Robert A. Hefner Museum of Natural History. She also serves as the director for the Cecilia Berg Center for Environmental Education. Mrs. Robinson received her BA from Purdue University. She completed an MA in Elementary Education with an emphasis on the integration of math and reading at the University of South Carolina. Julia facilitated many teacher workshops helping teachers to establish publishing companies and to plan hands-on science units at their individual schools. She served as Director of Edwards Memorial Nursery School in Liberty, IN, for five years before joining the Hefner.

Fall Field Trips are Coming

2016/07/25

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 Get ready for a great season:

  • Field Trip, Sunday, September 11, 2016: Governor Bebb MetroPark
  • Field Trip, Saturday, October 15, 2016: Shawnee Lookout Park
  • Field Trip, Saturday, November 12, 2016: Beavercreek Wetlands

 

 

Upcoming Programs

2016/07/25

180_acton-lake-134Here’s just a sample of what’s coming up for Audubon Miami Valley programs:

SEP 12- We’ve Come A Long Way Baby! Or Have We? Alexis R. Faust, Executive Director, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm

OCT 10- Caesar Creek Lake – Where Nature and History Meet, Samantha Bachelder, US Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger at Caesar Creek

NOV 14- Trees in Trouble – Saving America’s Urban Forests (Film & Discussion), Andrea Torrice, Film Maker, Torrice Media

We’ll keep you posted.

Field Trip on June 4 – Capability Farm

2016/05/25

Field Trip, Saturday, June 4, 2016: Capability Farm, Versailles, Indiana

Once a working farm, Capability Farm is now a 400-acre private preserve. The property is located south of Versailles, Indiana off of US 421 and is owned by Bob and Ellen Mulford. Capability Farm was planned and developed with the assistance of the US Conservation Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and Indiana Department of Natural Resources. With a five-acre controllable wetland, several acres of open water, managed grasslands, and upland forests, Capability Farm has a property list of over 200 bird species. A network of trails allows easy access to the varied habitats. Our guide for this visit will be expert naturalist Gary Stegner, who will meet us at the site. We will meet at 6:30 a.m. at the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) for the 90-minute drive to the preserve, returning to Oxford mid- to late-afternoon. Pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible.

For instructions on meeting a trip at the trip site, or information on last-minute changes, consult the site or send an e-mail to the trip coordinator at jmichael@amvohio.org.

Program on May 9 – ​Birds of Peru

2016/05/01

MAY​  9- ​Birds of Peru, ​​Richard Amable, Metro Parks of Butler County, Ohio and the Jacamar Club Peru

AMV - Richard AmablePeru’s bird diversity is remarkable rivaling that of Colombia and includes 1817 species that range from the high Andes to the Pacific Ocean coast and that are found in one of the World’s richest tropical forests and one of its driest desserts. This is a chance to hear Richard share his first-hand knowledge and passion for the natural history of Peru and his love affair with birds.

Richard is the founder and director of the Jacamar Club Peru which offers bird and natural history tours throughout Peru. Richard is an expert birder, bird guide, and conservationist. Richard lives between two worlds spending part of the year in Ohio where he works for Metro Parks of Butler County and the rest of his time in Peru. He serves on the board of the Audubon Society of Ohio. Richard grew up in Puerto Maldonado in southeastern Peru. When in the United States he lives with his wife Jennifer in Mason, Ohio. His curiosity and passion has fed his interest in both research and conservation almost always focused on birds.

Chapter Meetings are held the second Monday of the indicated months in the 2nd floor Community Room, Lebanon Citizens National Bank building, 30 Park Place West at 7:30 PM in uptown Oxford unless otherwise noted (n.b.). All meetings are open to the public.