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Field Trip, Saturday, March 15, 2014: Miami Whitewater Forest

2014/03/05

Miami Whitewater Forest, at 4,345 acres, is the largest park within the Hamilton County park system and one of the premier birding sites in our area. The Shaker Trace Wetlands area, with its bird blind and unimproved trails, is a good spot for many duck, shorebird and wader species, depending on water levels. In the wooded areas of the park, we will look for early passerine migrants. A link to a downloadable map of the park is at http://greatparks.org/parks/miami-whitewater-forest If time allows, we may also visit the nearby Fernald Preserve, operated by the U.S. Department of Energy. With its wetlands and ponds, grasslands and wooded areas, Fernald offers great opportunities for raptors, ducks, grassland species and migrants. Hardy Eshbaugh will lead this outing, which will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the former Wal-Mart parking lot (on Locust Street next to McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. Pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible.

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