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Sunday, January 27, 2019- Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Greetings!
The January Audubon field trip, scheduled for Sunday the 27th, will be a special visit to the Cincinnati Zoo. Our leader will be Randy Morgan, the Zoo’s Emeritus Curator of the Insectarium. A special behind-the-scenes visit to the Insectarium will be a highlight of the trip, which will also include visits to the Bird House and the Komodo Dragon and Manatee Springs exhibits.
The Zoological Society of Cincinnati was founded in 1873 and officially opened its doors in 1875, making it the second oldest Zoo in the United States. Featuring more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species, the Zoo’s collection is one of the largest in the country. The Cincinnati Zoo is also a national leader in conservation, education and preservation of wild animals and wild spaces.
Because of space limitations in the Insectarium, this trip will be limited to ten people plus leaders, and a refundable deposit will be required. Participants will be expected to arrange their own transportation, and to cover their own costs for admission, parking and food. People with an interest in joining this fascinating trip should send me an e-mail, jmichael@amvohio.org, by January 20 for more information. Feel free to redistribute this message to others who may be interested.

Whitewater State Park- Saturday, February 23, 2019

Established in 1949 as a memorial to men and women who served in World War II, Whitewater State Park borders the north end of the much larger Brookville Reservoir, which opened in 1974. It comprises 1,710 acres of varied habitat including woodlands, grassy areas and a 200-acre lake. Whitewater Lake is a good place to spot migrating waterfowl in winter. The Park can also be a good site for wintering passerine species and woodpeckers. Experienced birder Bill Wilson will lead this trip which will leave at 7:30 am from the west end of the Wal Mart parking lot (on US 27, north of Oxford) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. Pack food if desired and bring binoculars if possible.

Saturday, March 23, 2019- Spring Valley Wildlife Area

Spring Valley Wildlife Area is situated in the gently rolling agricultural region of southwest Ohio just east of the Little Miami River. This 842-acre preserve contains a wonderful variety of habitats. Its bird list features more than 230 species. Of special note is one of the largest and most easily accessed marshes in the area. Other notable habitats include mature hardwoods, brushy hedgerows, croplands, and overgrown fields. The wetlands comprise about 150 acres and are encircled by an easily traversable trail. A boardwalk allows excellent access to the marsh without disturbing the delicate ecosystem. Expert naturalist Sam Fitton will lead this trip, which will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. Pack a lunch if desired and bring binoculars if possible.

Sunday, April 28, 2019- 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, north of Oxford) and return to Oxford after lunch.

For instructions on meeting a trip at the trip site, or information on last-minute changes, consult the site or send an e-mail to the trip coordinator at jmichael@amvohio.org.

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