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Great Backyard Bird Count

2018/02/14

If you are participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count this year, please consider writing a couple sentences for the newsletter!

How long was your count? How many birds did you see? What species? Anything else of interest?

Send your info to Judi Hetrick at juhetric@yahoo.com.

Thanks!

Field Trip, Saturday, February 17, 2018: Englewood Metropark

2018/02/11

Englewood MetroPark is one of the largest parks within the Five Rivers Metropark system. At 1,900 acres, it is home to lakes, woodlands, wetlands, meadows, three waterfalls, and more than twenty miles of trails.

With its floodplain forests and wetlands, the Park helps to buffer and protect the Stillwater River, which serves as a focal point of the Park. A remnant swamp forest, accessible by boardwalk, supports an unusual population of trees, including black ash, swamp white oak and pumpkin ash. A brochure, including a map of Englewood Metropark, is at https://www.metroparks.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/MetroParks-Englewood-brochure-03-2016.pdf. Our visit to Englewood will be hosted by Lauren Asquith, Education Specialist with Five Rivers Metroparks.

The trip will leave at 8:00 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street, Oxford, across from McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. Pack food if desired and bring binoculars if possible.

Birds in the Fast Lane with Dave

2018/01/15

FEB 12, 7:30pm – Long Distance Commuting: Birds in the Fast Lane, Dr. David Russell, Department of Biology, Miami University, Oxford

 David E. Russell received his BS in Entomology from University of California Davis and his Master’s and Doctorate in Molecular Systematics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A Senior Lecturer of Intro and Environmental Biology at Miami University, he teaches a number of courses including Biology, Environmental Biology, and Ornithology. A Master Bird Bander and certified North American Banding Council Trainer, he is the co-founder and Research/Education Director for the Avian Research and Education Institute (AREI), a nonprofit bird conservation, education, and advocacy organization. An avid birder with a passion for sharing the birding world with all that will listen, Dave frequently leads field trips and conducts birding workshops throughout the US. Dave and Jill are also Peony farmers in Alaska and own and operate the business, Boral Peonies.

Audubon Miami Valley meets in the 2nd floor 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.

Sunday January 14, 9am- Oxford Area Trails

2018/01/08

The growing Oxford Area Trail system is the pride of our community! We’ll meet at the Black Covered Bridge at 9 a.m. and take a leisurely walk on the new trail, following the paved walkway to Leonard Howell Park. From there, those wishing to do so may continue to the DeWitt Log Cabin area or beyond. Dress for the weather and come out for an enjoyable winter walk.

Global Climate Change, Dec 11 Program

2017/12/10

December 11, 2017, 7:30pmGlobal Climate Change – Sound-bytes vs. Critical Investigations. Mark Boardman, Professor Emeritus, Miami University.

The topics and words “global climate change” and “global warming” illicit a gut-wrenching reactions in many people. Emotions about climate change and global warming are good, but, without being coupled with data (versus alternative facts or telephone game information), our reaction and response might be hyperbolic or hysterical, rather than deliberate and measured.

Global climate change and global warming are real and happening today. We are living “in” a global experiment largely caused by human activity. “belief in global climate change is optional, participation is not.”

This talk provides a data-based presentation of several principle measures of climate change – not just changes in daytime surface air temperature. We’ll also examine changes in nighttime temperature, upper atmospheric temperature, ocean changes, and polar ice changes (coverage and thickness of ice). What we will see is that the sound-bytes presented by scientists obscure the robust critical investigations of science; while the sound-bytes of climate change deniers obscure the paucity of data or alternative facts.

Mark Boardman grew up in the Virgin Islands where the wonder of nature awakened and forever directed his education. His formal education includes an A.B. in Geology from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).

Sharing his wonder of the world through questioning and detailed observations drives his professional service. After teaching for three years in Brazil (1978-1981), he joined the faculty at Miami University (Geology Department) where he taught a variety of environmental courses on campus, led dozens of international environmental field courses in the tropics, and was appointed Director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences from 2003 to 2009 at Miami University. His research interests, publications, and student mentorship focused on geochemical fingerprinting of climate change as well as issues of degradation of water quality in developing nations. But the overall wonder of nature prompted publications concerning the spawning behavior of Nassau Grouper, and photographic books on coral reef fishes and birds of the Bahamas. Currently, he is on the external advisory board for the marine sciences program at the University of the Virgin Islands and is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Three Valley Conservation Trust.

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.

Support Life Long Wonder

2017/11/25

Curious people of all ages enjoy Audubon Miami Valley’s field trips, speakers, projects and classroom adventures. 2017 has been a great year. Read our 2017 AMV membership letter to find out how you can support our activities and be a part of our nature education programming. Your feathered and furred neighbors will cheer for joy!

Above is a photo of Wild Turkey Eggs seen nearby in Indiana and, below, a photo of a Bobcat at Fernald Preserve in Butler County. Both were taken by Jim Michael.

Program November 13, 2017

2017/11/06

November 13, 2017, 7:30pm- Ohio’s Prairie Heritage, Dave Nolin, Conservationist, Five Rivers MetroParks (retired)

Prairies have long been part of the North American landscape. This program will explore the pre-settlement prairies of Ohio, the role the Native American’s played in maintaining them, and subsequent destruction of nearly all of Ohio’s prairies after the land was settled by Europeans. Starting in the 1960s, the first planting project in Ohio was undertaken by the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm staff. Aullwood Prairie soon became the catalyst that led to a statewide effort to protect and restore the few natural prairies left in Ohio. This fascinating talk will also focus on one of those sites, Huffman Prairie on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and explore the rich diversity of life that can be found there.

Dave Nolin grew up in Fairborn, Ohio and has lived in Dayton all his life. He attended Wright State University where he received a B.S. degree in 1980 and an M.S in 1984 He worked as a conservationist at Five Rivers MetrtoParks from 1985-2015. During his career Dave worked tirelessly preserving and restoring natural spaces in the Miami Valley. His commitment to conservation initiatives of all scales and scopes, both locally and nationally, has been unwavering. His collaboration with public and non-profit conservation groups as well as the local academic community has earned respect for Dave’s work as a conservationist. He pioneered the use of conservation easements and other landowner agreements to help support Five Rivers MetroParks’ mission of protecting the Miami Valley’s natural heritage. He worked with Three Valley Conservation Trust, helping establish conservation easements that protect productive farmland, conservation areas along river corridors and sensitive natural features deserving of protection as a part of the region’s natural heritage. Thanks to his efforts, thousands of acres of native habitat have been protected and restored. In recognition of his efforts Dave received the Wally Edwards Conservationist of the year from the Three Valley Conservation Trust in 2015.

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.