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Oxbow Field Trip, November 10

2012/11/01

Saturday, November 10, 2012 – The Oxbow. Join us for an outing to the Oxbow, a broad floodplain where the Great Miami River empties into the Ohio, and the most important wetland area in the midsection of the Ohio Valley. Located near Lawrenceburg, Indiana, 17 miles downstream from Cincinnati, it is named for a small prehistoric horseshoe, or oxbow-shaped lake, formed when flood waters cut a new course for the Great Miami River, isolating a meander in the old stream bed. In the spring and fall thousands of birds funnel into this rich feeding and nesting area. Birders have listed 280 species here, among them ducks, geese, shorebirds, raptors, and songbirds. Sixty-six species of fish live here, and a 2010 survey listed 472 vascular plants in the protected area.

The Oxbow has been preserved through the efforts of Oxbow, Inc, a non-profit 501(c)(3) land trust governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. Board President Dr. Jon Seymour has arranged our visit. The organization’s homepage is at http://www.oxbowinc.org/index.html. Meet at 7 a.m. at the old Walmart parking lot on Locust Street. Pack a lunch. If time permits, we may visit other birding spots in the area. We’ll return to Oxford in the afternoon.

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