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AMV is looking forward to safe events!


Like many organizations, Audubon Miami Valley had to cancel several public programs, field trips and conservation activities due to COVID-19. Yet, spring still arrived so we hope you have a chance to safely explore the outdoors near your home.

We were able to get a newsletter out by email, with printed copies sent out via USPS. 

Our Board met by Zoom and got started on making plans for the coming year. We have rescheduled many of the cancelled activities so check the website in the coming weeks..



Due to the COVID- 19 virus, Audubon Miami Valley is cancelling the remaining dates in March and April. Dates in May are Pending at this time.

Cancelled events are:

APR 27, MON, AMV Board mtg.
We’ll let you know more about pending events for Apr, May and June events as soon as we know something.
The good news is the birds and wildflowers are still coming. Many of the other critters are already out and about. Try to get outside at your safe place and see what nature has to offer!

Hueston Woods State Park – Saturday, February 22


We will visit several of the popular birding areas at AMV’s “home park”. Early spring migrants will be arriving in addition to populations of overwintering birds. Park Naturalist Kathryn Zeppernick will host our visit. The trip will meet at the Hueston Woods Nature Center at 10:00 am. Pack a picnic lunch or snacks if desired. We will plan to enjoy lunch inside the Nature Center, where we can observe birds visiting the feeders just outside. Hueston Woods is recognized by Audubon as an Important Bird Area and includes the 200 acre “Big Woods”, a designated National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service. AMV adopted the HW IBA as a stewardship project in 2012 and has conducted habitat restoration events every spring and fall since then.

February 10, 2020, Our Maine Summer Adventure


Presenters – Adriane and Flora Ruther
”We are very appreciative of the opportunity provided by AMV to visit Hog Island in Maine., and fun crafts, songs, and games along the way. We are excited to share our adventure with you!“ Adriane has been teaching biology and botany at Talawanda High School since 2004. She also serves as the district Sustainability Coordinator and advises the Environment and Natural Science Club. In her spare time, she likes to hike, bike, sew, and read. Flora is 9 and in 4th grade at Bogan Elementary. She loves reading, drawing, swimming, gymnastics, and dance.

7:30 PM in the 2nd floor conference room of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank building, 30 West Park Place, Oxford, OH. Free and open to the public.



AMV Program, Monday, December 9, 2009, 7:30pm – Jim McCormac


A Romp through Ohio’s Flora and Fauna Presenter -Jim McCormac. This program will be a pictorial adventure; a wander through Ohio’s varied habitats with visits to flora and fauna great and small. We’ll look at well-known plants and animals, and obscure species that few have heard of or encountered. Overarching all is the importance of ALL the cogs of the ecological wheel, and the need to protect everything.

Jim worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for 31 years as a botanist, and later specializing in wildlife diversity projects, especially involving birds. He has authored or coauthored six books, including Birds of Ohio (Lone Pine 2004); and Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage (Kent State University Press 2009). The latter won the 2010 Ohioana Book award. He is a coauthor of the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II book. Jim writes a column, Nature, for the Columbus Dispatch, and regularly publishes a natural history blog. He has written numerous articles in a variety of publications and has delivered hundreds of presentations throughout the eastern United States. He was named 2015 Conservation Communicator of the Year by the Ohio League of Sportsmen. Jim is an avid photographer, shooting a range of natural history subjects. He has had hundreds of photos published in various forums.

Audubon Miami Valley will meet December 9 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor conference room of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank building, 30 West Park Place, Oxford, OH. Program meetings are free and open to the public, accessible by stairs or elevator.



Brookville Lake Area – Saturday, December 7, 2019


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. 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 more instructions, trip information or last-minute changes, send an e-mail to the trip coordinator at

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


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


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


Program: October 14, LCNB, Oxford


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