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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.

Tom Law Presents “A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun”


February 11, 2019 Presenter: Tom Law, President, Voyageur Media Group, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
“A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun” explores the life and legends of E. Lucy Braun (1889-1971), one of the foremost ecologists, botanists and preservationists in American history. In 1950, she published Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America, a landmark book that documented forests all the way from Florida to Canada. As a leader in the early conservation movement, she helped preserve natural areas throughout Ohio and Kentucky. This documentary includes stories from people who knew Braun, commentary from scholars, archival photographs and documents, and beautiful nature videography, bringing to light the story of this trailblazing woman of science. This remarkable film was recently produced by the Voyageur Media Group, Inc and Meg Hanrahan, Writer/Producer/Director.


Audubon Miami Valley will meet the second Monday of February, March, April and May in the 2nd floor conference room of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank building, 30 West Park Place, Oxford, OH. These meetings are free and open to the public.



MARCH 30, 2019, 10 AM – 5 PM

Audubon Miami Valley sponsors a Bird Art exhibition yearly. Entries Include understanding migration routes, the effect of climate change on birds and general information about one species in the midst flyway. Over the past 8 years entry numbers were over 200. The works of art were created with watercolor, color pencils, cut paper and pencil. All artists are awarded a certificate, a ribbon and a gift of art supplies. The exhibition is held at Oxford Ohio’s Community Art Center involving teachers, parents, students and AMV Board members.

For more information about the event click here.

2018 Christmas Bird Count Tally


Click below to see which bird species we saw during the count on December 16, 2018!

Audubon Christmas Bird Count Tally 2018

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

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,, by January 20 for more information. Feel free to redistribute this message to others who might have an interest.

Join us for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 15th 


For over 100 years, Audubon has been conducting a Christmas Bird Count. Please join AMV members for this important annual citizen science event. It doesn’t matter if you are just learning to bird watch or if you are an accomplished birder, come out for a brisk walk to look for winter birds. We will be meeting at Miami University Research Ecology Center located at 5806 Somerville Road in Oxford, Ohio 7AM. Afterward (at noon), join AMV for a potluck luncheon and bird tally at the Research Center. Please bring a dish to share and provide your own table service. For more information, contact the Bird Count Coordinator Larry Gersbach at

For more information go to:

December 10- “Hiking and Birding Costa Rica” with Marlene Hoffman and Kathie Brinkman


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.

This presentation will focus on Marlene and Kathie’s recent travels in Costa Rica with the Sierra Club, a trip heavy on hiking, birding and ecology. They have lots of photos to share from the trip; some of the birds just about posed for them! Look for a fun evening and, if you haven’t already traveled to Costa Rica, be forewarned that you may be inspired to take the plunge.

Marlene Hoffman was raised on a farm north of Oxford where she developed her love of birds and nature. Joining the local Audubon chapter and birding with the “experts” allowed that interest to grow. Marlene retired from a nursing career at McCullough Hyde hospital and now has time to pursue outdoor hobbies. She was Oxford’s Citizen of the Year in 2017. Kathie Brinkman has been an Oxford resident for fifty years. Thirty-four of those years were spent focused on her career at Miami in computer support services. Kathie worked in Miami’s central IT division and also assisted with IT strategic planning. In retirement, she’s been able to return to her passions: family, photography, gardening and travel.

Field Trip, Saturday, December 8, 2018: Brookville Lake Area


Ornithologist Dr. David Russell will again lead us on a birding tour of the Brookville Reservoir area between Liberty and Brookville, Indiana. We’ll visit a number of good spots around Brookville Lake as well as Whitewater State Park, looking for migrating ducks, geese, gulls, sandhill cranes and other species. A map of the area can be found at The group will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the west end of the Wal Mart parking lot (on US 27, north of Oxford). Pack food if desired and bring binoculars if possible.

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

November 15, 2018 Hefner Lecture – “How to Tame a Fox (and Make a Dog)”


Join us November 15 at 7pm on Miami’s Oxford Campus in the Benton Hall Auditorium (room 102).  The lecture and following reception and book signing are free and open to the public of all ages. 

This year’s Hefner Lecture will feature Dr. Lee Dugatkin, evolutionary biologist, behavior ecologist, and historian of Science, He is a Professor and University Scholar, in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisville and is a highly sought-after public speaker.  His primary areas of research–the evolution of social behavior and the history of science—are brought together in a fascinating way in the award-winning book “How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog):  visionary scientists and a Siberian tale of jump-started evolution.”

This book, co-written with Russian geneticist Lyudmila Trut, has won the American Association for the Advancement of Science “Excellence in Science Books” award.  It documents the far-sighted work initiated nearly 70 years ago by Dmitry Belyayev to breed foxes for tameness.  The results of this traditional selective breeding program, coupled with analysis through modern molecular techniques has given us important insights into the process and mechanisms of domestication.  Put another way, we are learning why dogs are so cute and cuddly and bond well to humans.  Dr. Dugatkin’s presentation is sure to be of interest to people of all ages, including those who love science, history, a good story, and puppies!

How to Use Binoculars!


Randy and his wife Kathy Beil-Morgan created an illustrated instruction guide on how to use a pair of binoculars. Go to to download a copy.