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November 15, 2018 Hefner Lecture – “How to Tame a Fox (and Make a Dog)”

2018/11/05

Join us November 15 at 7pm on Miami’s Oxford Campus in the Benton Hall Auditorium (room 102).  The lecture and following reception and book signing are free and open to the public of all ages. 


This year’s Hefner Lecture will feature Dr. Lee Dugatkin, evolutionary biologist, behavior ecologist, and historian of Science, He is a Professor and University Scholar, in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisville and is a highly sought-after public speaker.  His primary areas of research–the evolution of social behavior and the history of science—are brought together in a fascinating way in the award-winning book “How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog):  visionary scientists and a Siberian tale of jump-started evolution.”

This book, co-written with Russian geneticist Lyudmila Trut, has won the American Association for the Advancement of Science “Excellence in Science Books” award.  It documents the far-sighted work initiated nearly 70 years ago by Dmitry Belyayev to breed foxes for tameness.  The results of this traditional selective breeding program, coupled with analysis through modern molecular techniques has given us important insights into the process and mechanisms of domestication.  Put another way, we are learning why dogs are so cute and cuddly and bond well to humans.  Dr. Dugatkin’s presentation is sure to be of interest to people of all ages, including those who love science, history, a good story, and puppies!

How to Use Binoculars!

2018/11/05

Randy and his wife Kathy Beil-Morgan created an illustrated instruction guide on how to use a pair of binoculars. Go to https://wp.me/a1t4Zv-AU to download a copy.

NOV 12- “Feeding Birds with Native Plants” with Tara Poling, Marianist Environmental Education Center, Dayton, OH

2018/11/01

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.

Tara Poling #1Native plants can help you conserve water and energy, provide habitat and green your yard! Natives can support pollinator populations, add reliable blooms to a “problem areas,” help manage stormwater, replace aggressive or invasive species, and prevent erosion.  More importantly, native plants support our native insects, turning our gardens into bird magnets. We’ll cover everything you need to make your native garden a success, including selecting species that will thrive in any area of your garden for season‐long color and winter interest.

Tara Poling is the Program Coordinator at the Marianist Environmental Education Center in Beavercreek, Ohio. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide, native plant gardener, beekeeper and amateur birder. She has more than 15 years experience as a program and workshop leader.

 

 

Field Trip, Saturday, November 10, 2018: East Fork State Park

2018/10/28

East Fork State Park in Clermont County, at 4,870 acres, is one of Ohio’s largest state parks. Within the Park, Harsha Lake provides opportunities for water birds of all kinds. East Fork offers a great diversity of landscape including dry-forested hills, rocky cascades, abandoned farmlands, thickly grown floodplains, marshy grasslands and swamp forests. This diversity lends to an abundance of plant and animal life. Woodlands are composed of beech, sugar maple, red and white oak, shagbark hickory, and wild black cherry while the swamp forests contain silver maple, American elm, sycamore, and black gum. A map of the Park is at https://parks.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/parks/PDFs/parks/Maps/East_Fork/eastforktrailmap.pdf. The trip will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s), arriving at the Park around 9:00 a.m., and returning to Oxford by 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.

Year of the Bird!

2018/10/18

The Audubon Miami Valley Board celebrated the Year of the Bird with Kate Rousmaniere, Mayor on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018 in the City of Oxford Council Chambers at the Court House.

Year of the Bird!

2018/10/14

Oxford’s Mayor mayor will read a “Year of the” proclamation for at the October 16 City Council meeting at 7:30pm as proposed by Audubon Miami Valley. Join us in celebration at the Court House, 118 West High Street, Oxford. Proclamations are one of the first things on the meeting agenda. See you there!

Field Trip, Sunday, October 14, 2018: Spring Valley Wildlife Area

2018/10/01

Spring Valley Wildlife Area is situated in the gently rolling agricultural region of southwest Ohio just east of the Little Miami River. This 842-acre preserve contains a wonderful variety of habitats. Its bird list features more than 230 species. Of special note is one of the largest and most easily accessed marshes in the area. Other notable habitats include mature hardwoods, brushy hedgerows, croplands, and overgrown fields. The wetlands comprise about 150 acres and are encircled by an easily traversable trail. A boardwalk allows excellent access to the marsh without disturbing the delicate ecosystem. A map of the the preserve can be found at http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/wildlife/Maps/Wildlife%20Area%20Maps/PDFs/springvalley.pdf. Expert naturalist Sam Fitton will lead this trip, which 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 lunch if desired 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.