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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.
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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.

Going with the flow? An animal’s view of the Ocean.


Inline image 1The 42nd annual Hefner Lecture, October 20, 7:30pm, Benton Hall 102, Oxford Campus, will feature Dr. Helen Bailey, University of Maryland, speaking on large, understudied marine animals.  See more about her work here:


The lecture and following reception are free and open to the public.  We hope you’ll join us and that you’ll bring some friends!

Field Trip, Saturday, October 15, 2016: Shawnee Lookout Park


One of the Great Parks of Hamilton County Ohio, Shawnee Lookout sits in a prime location at the confluence of the Ohio and Great Miami Rivers. It contains 1,515 acres, including both fields and forest. Well-known for its history and heritage, this hilltop park boasts 4.7 miles of nature trails with breathtaking views of the two river valleys. A map of the park can be found at Our expert leader, Sam Fitton, will help us identify the wildlife we find in this diverse habitat. 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 and bring binoculars if possible.

Bird Seed Sale 2016


imagesSupport our programming and feed winter birds by buying your seed from Audubon Miami Valley. Download the brochure by clicking HERE. For additional information or to volunteer at the sale, call Marlene at 513-461-9639.