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Program November 13, 2017


November 13, 2017, 7:30pm- Ohio’s Prairie Heritage, Dave Nolin, Conservationist, Five Rivers MetroParks (retired)

Prairies have long been part of the North American landscape. This program will explore the pre-settlement prairies of Ohio, the role the Native American’s played in maintaining them, and subsequent destruction of nearly all of Ohio’s prairies after the land was settled by Europeans. Starting in the 1960s, the first planting project in Ohio was undertaken by the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm staff. Aullwood Prairie soon became the catalyst that led to a statewide effort to protect and restore the few natural prairies left in Ohio. This fascinating talk will also focus on one of those sites, Huffman Prairie on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and explore the rich diversity of life that can be found there.

Dave Nolin grew up in Fairborn, Ohio and has lived in Dayton all his life. He attended Wright State University where he received a B.S. degree in 1980 and an M.S in 1984 He worked as a conservationist at Five Rivers MetrtoParks from 1985-2015. During his career Dave worked tirelessly preserving and restoring natural spaces in the Miami Valley. His commitment to conservation initiatives of all scales and scopes, both locally and nationally, has been unwavering. His collaboration with public and non-profit conservation groups as well as the local academic community has earned respect for Dave’s work as a conservationist. He pioneered the use of conservation easements and other landowner agreements to help support Five Rivers MetroParks’ mission of protecting the Miami Valley’s natural heritage. He worked with Three Valley Conservation Trust, helping establish conservation easements that protect productive farmland, conservation areas along river corridors and sensitive natural features deserving of protection as a part of the region’s natural heritage. Thanks to his efforts, thousands of acres of native habitat have been protected and restored. In recognition of his efforts Dave received the Wally Edwards Conservationist of the year from the Three Valley Conservation Trust in 2015.

Audubon Miami Valley meets the second Monday of September through May in the 2nd floor usually in the conference room of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank building at 30 West Park Place. These meetings are free and open to the public.

Field Trip, Saturday, November 11, 2017


Field Trip, Saturday, November 11, 2017: Marianist Enviromrental Education Center

The Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC) is an environmental education community in the Catholic tradition. In Mary’s hope-filled spirit, the Center preserves and acts in communion with the land and educates other communities in sustainability through ecology-based simple living, social justice and spirituality. The Mount St. John Nature Preserve covers more than 100 acres of oak-hickory woodland, natural and created wetlands, Eastern tallgrass prairie, and meadow. The front field lies in the floodplain of the Little Beaver Creek, and the trail to the woods crests a glacial esker that is one of the highest points in Greene County. This diversity supports an impressive variety of plant and animal life, including an estimated 425 plant species, nearly 60 butterflies and more than 100 birds. In 1912 the Marianist brothers built a new novitiate, St. Anne’s, on this site, and they farmed the land until the mid-1960s. In 1985, Interstate 675 cut across the old farm, and 75,000m3 of sand and gravel was excavated from a large borrow pit for the new highway’s substrate. Bro. Don Geiger, SM, Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Dayton, led the restoration effort on the site that now bears his name. The Eastern Tall grass prairie, with it powerful root system, succeeded in colonizing the barren ground. Today, the prairie is one of our region’s most successful restored prairies, home to a variety of grasses and forbs, wet seeps and a pond. A complete trail guide to the Nature Preserve can be found at Our visit to this remarkable site will be hosted by Tara Poling, Program Coordinator at MEEC, who will meet us there around 9:00 a.m. The trip will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. Pack a picnic lunch and bring binoculars if possible.

Bird Seed Sale Reminder

Audubon Miami Valley is a again partnering with the Whistle Stop to bring you the best in bird seed and suet products. To find out more download the AMV Seed Sale 2017  brochure.
Details on dates and location:

Please order by October 23, 2017.

Pick up dates are Friday, October 27, 3 – 5: 30 PM and Saturday, October 28, 9 am – noon

Pick-up Location: Whistle Stop Drive Thru (from Spring Street, just north on Elm Street, across from the Oxford Fire Station in Oxford, Oh)

Your support of the Audubon Miami Valley Bird Seed Sale is essential to the success of our educational programs and scholarships, sending area educators to Audubon Eco-Camps, and providing for the funding support of Audubon programming for area school children.

Wednesday Night: The Serengeti Rules


Hefner Lecture 2017


October 18, 2017, 7:30pm, Benton Hall, Room 102, Miami U.- The 2017 Hefner Lecture, The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why it Matters. Sean Carroll is an award-winning scientist, author, educator, and executive producer. He leads the Department of Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is the Allan Wilson Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin.

An internationally-recognized evolutionary biologist, Carroll’s laboratory research has centered on the genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity. In recognition of his scientific contributions, Carroll has received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Sciences, been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, as well as named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

A prominent science communicator in print, on radio, and on television, Carroll is the author of Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species, which was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award for non-fiction (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), The Making of the Fittest (2006, W.W. Norton) and of Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo (2005, W.W. Norton). His first two books were the basis for, and Carroll was the scientific consulting producer of, a two-hour NOVA special that was first broadcast in December 2009 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. He also wrote a regular feature “Remarkable Creatures” for the New York Times Science Times.

Carroll is also author of the student text Into The Jungle: Great Adventures in the Search for Evolution (2008, Pearson, Benjamin Cummings), co-author with Jen Grenier and Scott Weatherbee of the textbook From DNA to Diversity: Molecular Genetics and the Evolution of Animal Design (2nd ed., 2005; Blackwell Scientific) and with Anthony Griffiths, Susan Wessler, and John Doebley of the textbook Introduction to Genetic Analysis (10e, 2011, W.H. Freeman and Co.).

For his educational contributions, he has received the Stephen Jay Gould Prize for the advancement of the public understanding of evolution from the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Distinguished Service Award of the National Association of Biology Teachers, and the Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Award from the Society for Developmental Biology. Carroll was named one of America’s most promising leaders under 40 by TIME Magazine in 1994.

Field Trip, Saturday, October 14, 2017: Rentschler Forest MetroPark


With almost 400 acres, the Rentschler Forest MetroPark includes about a half-mile of frontage along the Great Miami River, acres of woodland, remnants of the old Miami-Erie Canal, a prehistoric Indian earthwork, and a reconstructed wetland. Situated off of Route 4 just east of Hamilton, Rentschler is just a 40-minute drive from Oxford. Expert naturalist Sam Fitton will lead our walk, helping us to locate and identify late migrants and other wildlife.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 if desired and bring binoculars if possible.

You can read more about the park at:

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

Steve Beissinger Returns to Miami University (corrected date)


Thursday, October 12, 4 p.m. A Century of Climate and Land-Use Impacts on California’s Birds and Mammals, 218 Pearson Hall at Miami University. A founding member of Audubon Miami Valley returns to Oxford on Oct. 12 for a seminar on the effects of climate change.

Dr. Steven Beissinger, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, will present the results of the Grinnell Resurvey Project.

Beissinger was a Miami University student when he became a founding member of AMV. Years later, he served on the board of directors of the National Audubon Society. He received his undergraduate and master degrees from Miami University and his doctorate from the University of Michigan.

He is the current President of the American Ornithological Society and the recipient of the AOU’s Brewster Medal recognizing him as their 2010 outstanding researcher for his work on Western Hemisphere birds.