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Saturday, April 14, noon to 5:00, at the Oxford Community Arts Center.   Students in grades K-12 learn about a local bird and create a work of art as part of their experience.  We expect about 150-200 works of art and each one is unique and creative!   The students will be recognized for their participation on Saturday afternoon, and the exhibit will remain on display at OCAC through April 21.

Field Trip, Sunday, April 22, 2018: 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 8:00 a.m. from west end of the Wal Mart parking lot (on US 27, northwest of Oxford) and return to Oxford after lunch.


Hummingbirds 101, Amy and Carl Wilms


APR 9- Hummingbirds 101, Amy and Carl Wilms, Indiana Audubon Societies, Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary

Hummingbirds 101 is intended to provide attendees with an overview of the hummingbird banding process while sharing information about the lives of these gems of the wing. Data from our past efforts will be shared along with eagerly anticipated future research plans. Participants will find our talk light-hearted, research oriented, and fun! There are more questions than answers, but our aim is to learn more about these fantastic birds!

Amy and Carl are Resident Managers for Indiana Audubon Society’s property, the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary near Connersville, Indiana.  Amy is the Assistant to the Chair in Psychology at Miami University. Prior to meeting and marrying Carl, she knew nothing about bird watching.  She started banding in 2012 and earned her Master Banding Permits for songbirds, owls, and hummingbirds in 2017.  Carl is a retired middle school science teacher who earned his PhD in education in 2014.

Volunteer Day At Hueston Woods, April 21


Audubon Miami Valley will host a habitat restoration project for Earth Day, Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10am-noon. We will remove invasive plants in the Big Woods Nature Preserve. Gloves and tools provided. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes!

Directions: Take Brown Road (College Ave.) out of Oxford to Hueston Woods State Park Main Loop Road. Go straight ahead at intersection. There is a road to the right that leads down to a parking area by the Sugar House.

Pre-register by April 14 by sending email to 


Field Trip, Saturday, March 24, 2018: Shaker Trace Wetlands


Shaker Trace Wetlands, located near the village of New Haven in northern Hamilton County, is part of Miami-Whitewater Forest, a Hamilton County Park.

It features a nice observation deck and primitive trails. The wetlands are surrounded by fields, which the Park District is in the process of converting from cropland to prairie. Located just a thirty-minute drive south of Oxford, it is part of a growing wildlife corridor that also includes the Fernald Preserve. We will be looking for ducks, shorebirds, and other water and marsh species, as well as raptors. Expert birder Bill Wilson will lead this outing.

We 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.

Earthfest 2018


Earthfest, Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Memorial Park Uptown at Oxford, OH

Conservation By Design 2.0, Davin Schenk


MAR 12– The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Unveils a New Evolution to our Conservation Approach: Conservation By Design 2.0, Davin Schenk, JD, The Nature Conservancy, Program Manager, Ohio

From invasive species, climate change, unsustainable agriculture, energy expansion, and the expanding footprint of human settlements, now more than ever conservation is faced with major challenges. TNC, a worldwide non-profit organization founded in 1951, has recently revealed a significant development in our conservation approach that will help the organization develop strategies to address the major conservation challenges we face. The new strategy requires us to be bold and adapt our traditional ways of planning and implementing our work. This talk will explore the ne Conservation by Design 2.0 strategy and what TNC is doing in Ohio to help the organization address these challenges at a much broader regional and global scales.

Devin Schenk is the Mitigation Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) where he is responsible for running the state-wide Stream and Wetland Mitigation Program. Devin has worked in the field of stream and wetland mitigation for over 17 years in California, Kentucky, and Ohio. Devin received his B.S form the University of Cincinnati, Masters in Environmental Science from Miami University, and Juris Doctorate from Northern Kentucky University.

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.