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Join us for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 15th 

2018/12/05

For over 100 years, Audubon has been conducting a Christmas Bird Count. Please join AMV members for this important annual citizen science event. It doesn’t matter if you are just learning to bird watch or if you are an accomplished birder, come out for a brisk walk to look for winter birds. We will be meeting at Miami University Research Ecology Center located at 5806 Somerville Road in Oxford, Ohio 7AM. Afterward (at noon), join AMV for a potluck luncheon and bird tally at the Research Center. Please bring a dish to share and provide your own table service. For more information, contact the Bird Count Coordinator Larry Gersbach at larrygers@aol.com

For more information go to: https://amvohio.org/events/christmas-bird-count/

December 10- “Hiking and Birding Costa Rica” with Marlene Hoffman and Kathie Brinkman

2018/11/30

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.

This presentation will focus on Marlene and Kathie’s recent travels in Costa Rica with the Sierra Club, a trip heavy on hiking, birding and ecology. They have lots of photos to share from the trip; some of the birds just about posed for them! Look for a fun evening and, if you haven’t already traveled to Costa Rica, be forewarned that you may be inspired to take the plunge.

Marlene Hoffman was raised on a farm north of Oxford where she developed her love of birds and nature. Joining the local Audubon chapter and birding with the “experts” allowed that interest to grow. Marlene retired from a nursing career at McCullough Hyde hospital and now has time to pursue outdoor hobbies. She was Oxford’s Citizen of the Year in 2017. Kathie Brinkman has been an Oxford resident for fifty years. Thirty-four of those years were spent focused on her career at Miami in computer support services. Kathie worked in Miami’s central IT division and also assisted with IT strategic planning. In retirement, she’s been able to return to her passions: family, photography, gardening and travel.

Field Trip, Saturday, December 8, 2018: Brookville Lake Area

2018/11/26

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 http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/brookville_trail.pdf. 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 food 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.

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.