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Field Trip on June 4 – Capability Farm

2016/05/25

Field Trip, Saturday, June 4, 2016: Capability Farm, Versailles, Indiana

Once a working farm, Capability Farm is now a 400-acre private preserve. The property is located south of Versailles, Indiana off of US 421 and is owned by Bob and Ellen Mulford. Capability Farm was planned and developed with the assistance of the US Conservation Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and Indiana Department of Natural Resources. With a five-acre controllable wetland, several acres of open water, managed grasslands, and upland forests, Capability Farm has a property list of over 200 bird species. A network of trails allows easy access to the varied habitats. Our guide for this visit will be expert naturalist Gary Stegner, who will meet us at the site. We will meet at 6:30 a.m. at the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) for the 90-minute drive to the preserve, returning to Oxford mid- to 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.

Program on May 9 – ​Birds of Peru

2016/05/01

MAY​  9- ​Birds of Peru, ​​Richard Amable, Metro Parks of Butler County, Ohio and the Jacamar Club Peru

AMV - Richard AmablePeru’s bird diversity is remarkable rivaling that of Colombia and includes 1817 species that range from the high Andes to the Pacific Ocean coast and that are found in one of the World’s richest tropical forests and one of its driest desserts. This is a chance to hear Richard share his first-hand knowledge and passion for the natural history of Peru and his love affair with birds.

Richard is the founder and director of the Jacamar Club Peru which offers bird and natural history tours throughout Peru. Richard is an expert birder, bird guide, and conservationist. Richard lives between two worlds spending part of the year in Ohio where he works for Metro Parks of Butler County and the rest of his time in Peru. He serves on the board of the Audubon Society of Ohio. Richard grew up in Puerto Maldonado in southeastern Peru. When in the United States he lives with his wife Jennifer in Mason, Ohio. His curiosity and passion has fed his interest in both research and conservation almost always focused on birds.

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.

 

Program on April 19 – ​It’s Raining Neotropical Migrants

2016/04/09

APRIL 19- ​It’s Raining Neotropical Migrants, Dr. David Russell, Department of Biology, Miami University

Dave Russell 2Join Dr. David Russell for an evening of entertainment that will give pointers and clues on how to identify the neotropical migrants that are passing through our region in the spring of the year. Dave teaches ornithology at Miami University and established the Hueston Woods State Park bird banding station that draws hundreds of visitors throughout the year. Dave is an unrecovered addict who gets his fix every time he sees a new life bird. Dave has been known to go to extremes to see any new bird that occurs within a 1000 miles of southwest Ohio and even beyond.

This program will take place at the Augspurger House meeting room, Chrisholm MetroPark, 2017 Woodsdale Road, Trenton, Ohio at 7:00 P.M.  All meetings are open to the public.

 

Field Trip on April 16 – Hunter/Huffmeier Property

2016/04/05

Field Trip, Saturday, April 16, 2016: Hunter/Huffmeier Property
This will be another delightful visit to the rural Indiana property of our hosts, Kathy Hunter and Ron Huffmeier. The land, located just to the west of Brookville Lake, features stunning old-growth forest along with open grassy areas and lovely streams. We are sure to find a nice variety of birds while walking through this attractive setting. Pack a lunch, and we will dine on the deck of Kathy and Ron’s home overlooking the woods. We’ll leave at 7:30 a.m. from west end of the Wal Mart parking lot (on US 27, north of Oxford) and return to Oxford after lunch.

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.

Messing Around with Birds

2016/04/01
Scott Weidensaul, a nature author from Schuylkill County, handles a barred owl at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Albany Township. 2/11/03 Photo by Bill Uhrich

Scott Weidensaul, a nature author from Schuylkill County, handles a barred owl at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Albany Township. 2/11/03 Photo by Bill Uhrich

Scott Weidensaul, Ornithologist and Author – The Barrows Conservation Lecture Series – Messing Around with Birds (For Fun and Science) Wednesday, May 11 Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 7:00 PM. This lecture will be held at the Cincinnati Zoo’s Frisch Theater in the Harold C, Schott Education Center. Purchase tickets on line at: www.cincinnatizoo.org/events/Barrows.htm

 

Join naturalist Scott Weidensaul for a lighthearted exploration of his many avian research projects. His work ranges from banding hawks and tiny saw-whet owls to studying migration of western hummingbirds that aren’t supposed to be in the East in December (but are), and snowy owls down from the Arctic.

Program on April 11 – ​Let’s get fired up, for spring!

2016/04/01

APRIL 11- ​Let’s get fired up, for spring!​  Mo Henning, a Miami University graduate, is a retired biology teacher, amateur naturalist, and nature photographer.

Mo Henning's friendEnjoy a photographic tour of some of our favorite places and their living fauna and flora. This is a great time to see spring ephemerals, tune up for returning migrants, and see several of the less conspicuous creatures that live in the Ohio Valley. Mo Henning will share with us his nature photography with us as well as where and how to capture outstanding images.

His recognitions include Biology Teacher of the Year in 2003, Sigma Xi Award for promoting student research in 2004 and an Outstanding Educator at Good Samaritan College of Nursing award in 2011. He earned a BA in Zoology and a MS in Secondary Science Education from Miami University. He first fell in love with field work while taking Dendrology from Dr. Hardy Eshbaugh and Vertebrate Zoology from Dr. Paul Daniel. He has been photographing in Greater Cincinnati for over 45 years and presently lives in Wyoming, Ohio. Mo has been a featured Artist at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Indiana and has several pieces on display at Good Samaritan College and Wyoming Wines. Wendy Burt, also a retired biology teacher, is Mo’s “spotter” and enjoys being in the field searching for potential subjects.

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.

Field Trip on March 13 – Caesar Creek State Park

2016/03/06

Field Trip, Sunday, March 13, 2016: Caesar Creek State Park
Caesar Creek State Park is highlighted by clear blue waters, scattered woodlands, meadows and steep ravines. The 3,741-acre park sits astride the crest of the Cincinnati Arch, a crest in bedrock layers caused by an ancient upheaval. Younger rocks lie both east and west of this crest, where some of the oldest rocks in Ohio are exposed. The park’s excellent fossil finds give testimony to the life of this long vanished body of water. The forests of the area are comprised of over 65 species of plants. A northern flood plain forest is found in the valley, while mixed associations of oak-hickory and beech-maple woodlands clothe the ridges and hillsides. A map of the Park can be found at http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/parks/PDFs/parks/Maps/Caesar_Creek/caesarcreekparkmap.pdf. We’ll check out the lake for waterfowl, gulls and waders; and the adjoining wooded and grassy areas for raptors and passerines. Expert naturalist Sam Fitton will lead this outing, 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 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.