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We’ve Come A Long Way Baby! Or Have We?


FEB 13-  We’ve Come A Long Way Baby! Or Have We?, Alexis R. Faust, Executive Director, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm

Alexis Faust will discuss the state of conservation thirty years ago, where we are today, and what we might have to look forward to thirty years in our future.

Faust is responsible for managing Aullwood’s 200-acre nature sanctuary and working farm as part of The National Audubon Society. Aullwood serves 60,000 students annually in STEMing and educational field trips exploring nature and farming. Alexis began her career at Princeton University as manager of the Princeton Materials Institute and the Princeton Center for Complex Materials, where an NSF grant sparked her passion for science education outreach. To pursue that interest she left Princeton to join Colombia University’s Biosphere 2 Center as head of public outreach. She was the Director of the Flandrau Science Center and planetarium in Tucson, Arizona and before coming to Aullwood she was President and CEO of Taltree Arboretum and Gardens in northwest Indiana.


Audubon Miami Valley meets the second Monday of February, March, April, and May in 2017 in the 2nd floor conference room of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank building at 30 West Park Place. These meetings are free and open to the public.

Fernald Preserve Field Trip


On Sunday, January 15th Audubon Miami Valley will be kicking off the New Year with an outstanding field trip and I hope you’ll be able to join us. We’ll be visiting the Fernald Preserve, near Ross, Ohio, just a half-hour drive from Oxford. This 1,050-acre property, managed by the U.S. Department of Energy, is located on the site of a former uranium processing facility that ceased operations in 1989. Comprehensive environmental remediation and ecological restoration of the site was completed in 2006 at a cost of $4.4 billion–one of the largest environmental cleanup operations ever undertaken in U.S. history. The property’s natural features have been restored using native plants and grasses, creating one of the largest man-made wetlands in Ohio. The Preserve features 400 acres of forests, 387 acres of grassland including tallgrass prairie and savanna, and 140 acres of wetland habitat including three lakes. The site’s varied and unique habitats are accessible on a seven-mile network of trails. Over 240 bird species have been observed at Fernald, and over 100 have been documented as nesting there. Information about Fernald is at
This outing will be led by Gary Stegner and Brian Wulker, expert naturalists who are knowledgeable about this amazing property. We will leave Oxford at 8:00 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) and return in the afternoon. Pack food if desired and bring binoculars if possible. For more information, or instructions on meeting the trip at the site, send me an e-mail to
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
I hope to see you on Sunday the 15th! Feel free to redistribute this message to others who might have an interest.



For over 100 years Audubon has been conducting an annual Christmas Bird Count!

Please join Audubon Miami Valley members for this important citizen science event. Everyone is invited no matter your expertise. Beginner or accomplished birder, no matter, an enjoyable morning walk outside with nature looking for birds will refresh the soul.

Meet at Miami Research Ecology Center, 5806 Somerville Rd Oxford OH 45056 at 7:00Am on Saturday, December 17th. Then join AMV for a potluck luncheon and bird tally at the Research Center at noon immediately after the bird count. Just bring a dish to share and provide your own table service. You are guaranteed to have a great time with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. For more information, contact Bird Count Coordinator, Larry Gersbach at

DEC 12- Natures People


DEC 12- Natures People: The Intriguing Connecting Emily Dickinson to the Hog Island Audubon Camp, Tom Schafer, Author and Educator

AMV - Tom Schafer_1Though Emily Dickinson knew nothing of Hog Island at the time of her death in 1896, the woman who would become first editor of the Dickinson poetry, Mable Loomis Todd surely would. A decade after the successful publication of three editions of Emily’s poetry, Mrs. Todd and her husband bought a majority share of a wilderness island in Maine for a family summer retreat that would eventually become Hog Island Audubon Camp. Join Tom Schafer as he retells fascinating elements of the story tangentially connecting Emily Dickinson to Hog Island, home of Audubon’s first summer camp devoted to teaching key elements of nature study and ecology.

Tom Shafer first went to Hog Island on a Dayton Audubon Scholarship and completed his Master of Humanities at Wright State University on the founding in 1936 of the Audubon Nature Camp for Adult Leaders. He has been a student of Hog Island ever since. Today he serves on the Friends of Hog Island board of directors and volunteers annually at the camp. At home in Dayton, Tom is completing work on his book Natures People: The Hog Island story from Mabel Loomis Todd to Audubon. Key parts of that narrative will be shared along with a series of photographs from the family archive housed at Yale University. Copies of Tom’s book of poetry regarding Hog Island history, A Forest of Ferns: Reflections on Hog Island will be available for purchase and author signing.

Field Trip, Saturday, December 10, 2016: Brookville Lake Area


Ornithologist Dr. David Russell will again lead us on a birding tour of the Brookville Reservoir area between Liberty and Brookville, Indiana. We’ll visit a number of good spots around Brookville Lake as well as Whitewater State Park, looking for migrating ducks, geese, gulls, sandhill cranes and other species. A map of the area can be found at The group will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the west end of the Wal Mart parking lot (on US 27, north of Oxford). 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

Field Trip on Saturday, November 12, 2016: Beavercreek Wetlands


On Saturday, November 12, the public is invited to join Audubon Miami Valley for a field trip to Beavercreek Wetlands, located on the east side of Dayton. Since its formation in 1988, the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association has facilitated the conservation of over 1700 acres within a wetland corridor along the Big Beaver Creek and Little Beaver Creek. Nancy Bain, a knowledgeable member of the Association’s board of directors, will lead a tour of one or more of the BCWA’s eleven protected properties. Our starting point will be Siebenthaler Fen. This 130-acre preserve features a one-mile trail, an observation deck, and a boardwalk that takes visitors past wet woods, the fen, and Beaver Creek. Since 1988 biologists have identified over 470 wetland plant species here. A map of the BCWA protected properties can be found at

This trip will leave from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) at 7:30 a.m. and arrive at the Wetlands around 8:45 a.m. Participants will gather for lunch in a nearby restaurant before returning to Oxford. Bring snacks if desired and bring binoculars if possible.


For more information, or instructions on meeting the trip at the site, send an e-mail to Jim Michael, AMV field trip coordinator, at Participants should pack snacks 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

NOV 14- Trees in Trouble – Saving America’s Urban Forests


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

AMV - Andrea TorriceIt seemed to happen overnight. Thousands of trees started dying unexpectedly in southwest Ohio. Cincinnati almost went broke trying to keep the invasion from damaging property. The killer was a tiny insect known as the emerald ash borer, a new invasive insect from Asia that will wipe out every ash tree in America…unless we do something about it. Emerald ash borers have now infested trees in 35 states. One community in SW Ohio confronted their tree crisis and fought the invasive pest by joining together and taking action. Through partnerships with scientists, city officials and everyday citizens, this community was able to fight the pest and protect their urban forests. The film explores the rich history of urban forestry and exciting new research linking human health and trees, showing that trees in urban communities, and in general, play a critical role in protecting human health, reducing costs of infrastructure as well as mitigating climate change.

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.