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November 11, 2019 Worldwide warming of lakes: will we sink or swim?

2019-11-08

Presenter – Craig Williamson, Department of Biology, Miami University. Climate change is leading to a warmer and wetter world, with more extreme events. What does this mean for the clean, freshwater in lakes that is both essential for life on Earth as we know it, and yet threatened by human activity? Come hear a limnologist’s tale of many lakes.

Craig Williamson is the Ohio Eminent Scholar of Ecosystem Ecology at Miami University. He is a global change limnologist, and he loves lakes. He has studied lakes from Pennsylvania to Alaska and Patagonia, and likes nothing more than to share his insights into how lakes are changing in this world.

Audubon Miami Valley meets the second Monday of September, October, November, and December at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor conference room of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank building, 30 West Park Place, Oxford, OH. These meetings are free and open to the public, accessible by stairs or elevator.

 

Elk Creek Metropark – Saturday, November 9, 2019

2019-10-30

At over 800 acres, Elk Creek Metropark in Madison Township is the largest park in Butler County. This beautiful natural setting provides views of the wooded hills and rolling meadows forming the walls of the creek valley. Hiking trails are routed throughout the woods and along Elk Creek, which runs the length of the park. Elk Creek was created in 2016 when a new 456.3-acre parcel of land known as Meadow Ridge was combined with the 352-acre Sebald Park, which had been owned and managed by Metroparks since 2014. We’ll meet at 11:15am at the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) for the 35-minute drive to Elk Creek. Pack a picnic lunch or snacks if desired and bring binoculars if possible. For those who wish to drive directly to the site, the address is 5101 Circle Parkway Rd, Middletown OH 45042.

CANCELLED- Audubon to Participate in Invasive Removal Project, Oct. 26

2019-10-01

Program: October 14, LCNB, Oxford

2019-09-30

Ornamentals Escaping into the Wild: The Story of the Callery Pear Tree Presenter – Theresa, Department of Biology, University of Cincinnati. Known popularly as the ‘Bradford’, ‘Aristocrat’, or ‘Cleveland Select’ pear tree, the Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana) has been rapidly spreading across the US within recent years.  We will explore the history of this popular ornamental tree, why it has been spreading, and what can be done now to slow its invasion.

Theresa Culley, a Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences at University of Cincinnati, studies the role of ornamental horticulture in plant invasions. A native of California and a graduate of the Ohio State University, she chairs the Invasive Plant Assessment Committee of the Ohio Invasive Plants Council and is a member of the Ohio Department of Agriculture Invasive Plant Committee.

LCNB MEETING ROOM, West Park Place, Oxford, Ohio

 

Forest Run Metropark – Sunday, October 13, 2019

2019-09-30

Located in Ross Township, the Metropark includes a variety of natural landscapes across 342 acres. Our visit will include the Timberman Ridge and Wildlife Preserve Areas of Forest Run featuring 9.1 miles of natural trails and a spectacular scenic overlook with an observation deck. Wildlife expert Sam Fitton will lead our visit to Forest Run. We’ll meet at 8:00 a.m. at the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) for the half-hour drive to Forest Run. Pack a picnic lunch or snacks if desired and bring binoculars if possible.

For more instructions, trip information or last-minute changes, send an e-mail to the trip coordinator at ehollins@amvohio.com.

 

 

Birds Seed Sale 2019

2019-09-12

 

Order by October 10!

Follow this link to download the 2019 AMV Bird Seed Sale:

AMV Seed Sale 2019

Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative

2019-09-12

Milkweed Seed Collection
September 1st through October 30th

Butler County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office has joined the annual Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative to help create beneficial habitats for pollinators by collecting milkweed seed. For full detailed instructions about seed collection go to www.butlerswcd.org/pollinators. It’s very important that the seeds are brown when collected and put in a paper bag that is folded over and stapled shut. We don’t want loose seeds floating around in buildings!

Seed collection sites:

  • Butler SWCD office at 1802 Princeton Road, Hamilton between 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday thru Friday, September 1 – October 30.
  • LCNB National Bank at 30 Park Place, Oxford, September 1 – October 26.
  • Oxford Seniors at 922 Tollgate Dr, Oxford, September – October 26th.

After October 26, seeds collected in Oxford will be delivered to the Butler SWCD office.

Cox Arboretum– Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019

2019-08-12

Part of the Five Rivers Metropark system, Cox Arboretum is a 189-acre facility located on the south side of Dayton. The Arboretum offers 2.5 miles of trails through mature forests and colorful meadows. There is an excellent range of native wildflowers and mature trees at the rear of the Arboretum. 9 specialty gardens provide inspiration for gardeners wishing to make sustainable plant choices. Our leader for this trip will be experienced horticulturalist Dick Munson.

The trip will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) for the one-hour drive to the Arboretum. Those wishing to do so may get together for lunch in the Dayton area before returning to Oxford in the afternoon.

For more instructions, trip information or last-minute changes, send an e-mail to the trip coordinator at ehollins@amvohio.org.

September 9, Bird of Prey

2019-07-13

Monday, September 9, 7:30pm. Come join Audubon Miami Valley for the screening of Bird of Prey, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s award-winning documentary. With fewer than 800 Great Philippine Eagles remaining on Earth, the film tells the moving tale of a small but devoted group of people who are determined to save these magnificent birds from extinction. This film weaves stunning natural history footage of the critically endangered Great Philippine Eagle with the remarkable story of wildlife cinematographer Neil Rettig and a small group of conservationists from the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) who work tirelessly to save the bird from extinction.

The film follows Rettig’s return to the Philippines 36 years after he and his crew captured the first-ever recorded images of the eagle in the wild. Decades later, at the age of 64, Neil returns to the Philippine jungle on a grueling expedition to find the reclusive raptor and once again film a pair of eagles as they attempt to raise a newborn chick. “I’m hopeful that (our film) will make a difference,” says Rettig “because I’ve seen how images have the power to change the way people look at nature, change the way they look at the environment, and change the way they care.”\

Audubon Miami Valley meets the second Monday of September, October, November, and December at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor conference room of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank building, 30 West Park Place, Oxford, OH. These meetings are free and open to the public, accessible by stairs or elevator.

 

Longbeard Prairies at Hueston Woods State Park- Saturday, June 15, 2019

2019-05-10

In 2014, the Shady Hollow Longbeards, Preble County’s chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, initiated a long-term plan to enhance wildlife habitats on a 14-acre parcel along Hedgerow Road within Hueston Woods State Park. Volunteers eradicated exotic vegetation before planting 34 species of native grasses and wildflowers, and used excavating equipment to improve a vernal pool, which was also planted with native vegetation. Adding signage, a trail system, an observation blind, footbridge, and wildlife nesting structures completed their plan. In 2018, the Longbeards completed a pollinator habitat project on a 5-acre plot at the ODOT’s Morning Sun Outpost, just north of the entrance to Hueston Woods.

A partner in the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative, a statewide coalition of organizations working to develop pollinator habitat and to educate Ohioans about the critical importance of pollinators, their objective was to establish a diverse stand of native grasses and wildflowers to benefit resident and migrant pollinators, enhance the property’s aesthetic qualities, and eliminate the need to periodically mow idle land.

We will meet at the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) at 8:00 am and proceed to the Hedgerow Rd. parking lot on the south side of the grassland wildlife project area in Hueston Woods. The tour will be led by Eric Hollins with assistance from habitat project managers. After a tour of the Hedgerow project area, we will drive to the ODOT facility to visit the pollinator project.