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Saturday, June 6, 2015: Field Trip to Deer Creek State Park

2015/05/24

On Saturday, June 6, the public is invited to join Audubon Miami Valley for a field trip to Deer Creek State Park. Situated in Fayette and Pickaway Counties, the Park is a collage of meadows and woodlands surrounding a scenic reservoir located in the heart of Ohio’s agricultural country. Lying on the eastern edge of the great till plains of Ohio, Deer Creek offers an interesting variety of habitats to explore any time of year. Before this region was cleared for farming, it was covered by dense woodlands. Today, a regrowth of the original woodlands can be found scattered along the ridge tops and creek bottoms of the Park. The dam forming the Reservoir was completed in 1968 and the Park, comprising 2,337 acres, officially opened in 1974. This trip, which should give great opportunities to see nesting bird species, will be led by expert birder and photographer Robert Royse, who will meet the group at the Park.

A link to a Park map can be found at http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/parks/PDFs/parks/Maps/Deer_Creek/deercreekparkmap.pdf.

The trip will leave at 6:30 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s), arrive at Deer Creek in about two hours, and return to Oxford in the afternoon. Ticks may be plentiful, so appropriate dress and insect repellent are recommended. Participants should pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible.

Each month between September and June, Audubon Miami Valley sponsors a field trip to a regional site of special interest. All are welcome on AMV field trips. More information about AMV field trips is available at https://amvohio.org/events/field-trips/.

For more information contact:  Jim Michael, 513 593-0180 (cell), jmichael@amvohio.org

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