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Take a Child to Nature


July’s theme for our Year of the Bird partnership with National Geographic, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and BirdLife International is “Take a Child to Nature.” With kids spending more time than ever in front of screens, the focus for this month is all about getting kids (and their families) outside and exploring nature. A single encounter with a bird can spark a lifelong passion and help to build the next generation of conservationists. Here’s one fun idea – check out this Audubon_Scavenger Hunt kids and adults.

Mongolia Revealed – Land of the Blue Sky, Hardy Eshbaugh


May 14- Mongolia Revealed – Land of the Blue Sky, Hardy Eshbaugh, Professor Emeritus, Miami University

An opportunity arose for six people to accompany George Archibald, founder of International Crane Foundation, on a conservation expedition to Mongolia. Mongolia is a landlocked country located between China and Russia. It is a vast emptiness that links land and sky, and is one of the last few places on the planet where nomadic life is still a living tradition. Mongolia is an exotic destination for any traveler to a land of superlatives. It is also a land of extremes: largely a treeless landscape with extensive grasslands, and many lakes. There is a bounty of exotic wildlife and unusual birds. The average summer temperature is 65°F. Winter average is (-13°F. In Mongolia there are 250 sunny days a year, often with clear cloudless skies. Precipitation is sparse averaging only 14.9 inches for the entire year in Ulaanbaatar, the Capital. Mongolia became the 2ndcommunist country in the world and shifted to capitalism in 1996. Three million people live in the country with 78 percent urban. The rural population is 5 people per square mile. Journey with Hardy and his son David as he introduces us to this most fascinating destination

Hardy Eshbaugh is a Professor Emeritus of Botany, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He received his A.B. from Cornell University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Indiana University.   In 1991 he received the Benjamin Harrison Award (Medallion) from Miami University, the institutions highest award for faculty “in recognition of contributions to the advancement of education to the nation.” In 2014 Dr. Eshbaugh received the Cincinnati Nature Center’s Wood Thrush Award for significant contributions to conservation and stewardship in the Greater Cincinnati region. In 2011 he received the Three Valley Conservation Trust’s Wallace I. Edwards Conservationist of the year award. In 2005 he was awarded The Great Egret Award by the National Audubon Society in recognition of his lifetime of service to the cause of conservation at the national, state, and local level. Eshbaugh was awarded the Outstanding Communicator Award of the Ohio Ornithological Society in 2007. He is a lifelong researcher and expert of Chili Peppers. He was Oxford, Ohio’s 2002 Citizen of the Year.



Saturday, April 14, noon to 5:00, at the Oxford Community Arts Center.   Students in grades K-12 learn about a local bird and create a work of art as part of their experience.  We expect about 150-200 works of art and each one is unique and creative!   The students will be recognized for their participation on Saturday afternoon, and the exhibit will remain on display at OCAC through April 21.

Field Trip, Sunday, April 22, 2018: Hunter / Huffmeier Property


This will be another delightful visit to the rural Indiana property of our hosts, Kathy Hunter and Ron Huffmeier.

The land, located just to the west of Brookville Lake, features stunning old-growth forest along with open grassy areas and lovely streams. We are sure to find a nice variety of birds while walking through this attractive setting. Pack a lunch, and we will dine on the deck of Kathy and Ron’s home overlooking the woods.

We’ll leave at 8:00 a.m. from west end of the Wal Mart parking lot (on US 27, northwest of Oxford) and return to Oxford after lunch.


Hummingbirds 101, Amy and Carl Wilms


APR 9- Hummingbirds 101, Amy and Carl Wilms, Indiana Audubon Societies, Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary

Hummingbirds 101 is intended to provide attendees with an overview of the hummingbird banding process while sharing information about the lives of these gems of the wing. Data from our past efforts will be shared along with eagerly anticipated future research plans. Participants will find our talk light-hearted, research oriented, and fun! There are more questions than answers, but our aim is to learn more about these fantastic birds!

Amy and Carl are Resident Managers for Indiana Audubon Society’s property, the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary near Connersville, Indiana.  Amy is the Assistant to the Chair in Psychology at Miami University. Prior to meeting and marrying Carl, she knew nothing about bird watching.  She started banding in 2012 and earned her Master Banding Permits for songbirds, owls, and hummingbirds in 2017.  Carl is a retired middle school science teacher who earned his PhD in education in 2014.

Volunteer Day At Hueston Woods, April 21


Audubon Miami Valley will host a habitat restoration project for Earth Day, Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10am-noon. We will remove invasive plants in the Big Woods Nature Preserve. Gloves and tools provided. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes!

Directions: Take Brown Road (College Ave.) out of Oxford to Hueston Woods State Park Main Loop Road. Go straight ahead at intersection. There is a road to the right that leads down to a parking area by the Sugar House.

Pre-register by April 14 by sending email to 


Field Trip, Saturday, March 24, 2018: Shaker Trace Wetlands


Shaker Trace Wetlands, located near the village of New Haven in northern Hamilton County, is part of Miami-Whitewater Forest, a Hamilton County Park.

It features a nice observation deck and primitive trails. The wetlands are surrounded by fields, which the Park District is in the process of converting from cropland to prairie. Located just a thirty-minute drive south of Oxford, it is part of a growing wildlife corridor that also includes the Fernald Preserve. We will be looking for ducks, shorebirds, and other water and marsh species, as well as raptors. Expert birder Bill Wilson will lead this outing.

We will leave at 8:00 a.m. from  the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street, Oxford, across from McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. Pack food if desired and bring binoculars if possible.