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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.

Great Backyard Bird Count


If you are participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count this year, please consider writing a couple sentences for the newsletter!

How long was your count? How many birds did you see? What species? Anything else of interest?

Send your info to Judi Hetrick at


Field Trip, Saturday, February 17, 2018: Englewood Metropark


Englewood MetroPark is one of the largest parks within the Five Rivers Metropark system. At 1,900 acres, it is home to lakes, woodlands, wetlands, meadows, three waterfalls, and more than twenty miles of trails.

With its floodplain forests and wetlands, the Park helps to buffer and protect the Stillwater River, which serves as a focal point of the Park. A remnant swamp forest, accessible by boardwalk, supports an unusual population of trees, including black ash, swamp white oak and pumpkin ash. A brochure, including a map of Englewood Metropark, is at Our visit to Englewood will be hosted by Lauren Asquith, Education Specialist with Five Rivers Metroparks.

The trip 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.

Birds in the Fast Lane with Dave


FEB 12, 7:30pm – Long Distance Commuting: Birds in the Fast Lane, Dr. David Russell, Department of Biology, Miami University, Oxford

 David E. Russell received his BS in Entomology from University of California Davis and his Master’s and Doctorate in Molecular Systematics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A Senior Lecturer of Intro and Environmental Biology at Miami University, he teaches a number of courses including Biology, Environmental Biology, and Ornithology. A Master Bird Bander and certified North American Banding Council Trainer, he is the co-founder and Research/Education Director for the Avian Research and Education Institute (AREI), a nonprofit bird conservation, education, and advocacy organization. An avid birder with a passion for sharing the birding world with all that will listen, Dave frequently leads field trips and conducts birding workshops throughout the US. Dave and Jill are also Peony farmers in Alaska and own and operate the business, Boral Peonies.

Audubon Miami Valley meets in the 2nd floor 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.

Sunday January 14, 9am- Oxford Area Trails


The growing Oxford Area Trail system is the pride of our community! We’ll meet at the Black Covered Bridge at 9 a.m. and take a leisurely walk on the new trail, following the paved walkway to Leonard Howell Park. From there, those wishing to do so may continue to the DeWitt Log Cabin area or beyond. Dress for the weather and come out for an enjoyable winter walk.

Global Climate Change, Dec 11 Program


December 11, 2017, 7:30pmGlobal Climate Change – Sound-bytes vs. Critical Investigations. Mark Boardman, Professor Emeritus, Miami University.

The topics and words “global climate change” and “global warming” illicit a gut-wrenching reactions in many people. Emotions about climate change and global warming are good, but, without being coupled with data (versus alternative facts or telephone game information), our reaction and response might be hyperbolic or hysterical, rather than deliberate and measured.

Global climate change and global warming are real and happening today. We are living “in” a global experiment largely caused by human activity. “belief in global climate change is optional, participation is not.”

This talk provides a data-based presentation of several principle measures of climate change – not just changes in daytime surface air temperature. We’ll also examine changes in nighttime temperature, upper atmospheric temperature, ocean changes, and polar ice changes (coverage and thickness of ice). What we will see is that the sound-bytes presented by scientists obscure the robust critical investigations of science; while the sound-bytes of climate change deniers obscure the paucity of data or alternative facts.

Mark Boardman grew up in the Virgin Islands where the wonder of nature awakened and forever directed his education. His formal education includes an A.B. in Geology from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).

Sharing his wonder of the world through questioning and detailed observations drives his professional service. After teaching for three years in Brazil (1978-1981), he joined the faculty at Miami University (Geology Department) where he taught a variety of environmental courses on campus, led dozens of international environmental field courses in the tropics, and was appointed Director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences from 2003 to 2009 at Miami University. His research interests, publications, and student mentorship focused on geochemical fingerprinting of climate change as well as issues of degradation of water quality in developing nations. But the overall wonder of nature prompted publications concerning the spawning behavior of Nassau Grouper, and photographic books on coral reef fishes and birds of the Bahamas. Currently, he is on the external advisory board for the marine sciences program at the University of the Virgin Islands and is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Three Valley Conservation Trust.

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.