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Field Trip, April 23, Hunter/Huffmeier

2017/04/11

Field Trip, Sunday, April 23, 2017: 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.

April 10- Big Cat Conservation

2017/03/19

Audubon Miami Valley meets the second Monday of March, April, and May in 2017 in the 2nd floor conference room of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank building at 30 West Park Place. These meetings are free and open to the public.

 

 

APR10- Big Cat Conservation:  Human/Wildlife Conflict in Namibia, Africa, Beth Davis, Teacher, Kramer Elementary School, Oxford. OH

 

beth-davis-in-the-fieldI cannot wait to share my experiences of traveling to Africa as a recipient of an Audubon Miami Valley Rosie Bloom Scholarship. This allowed me to be a participant in the Namibia: Great Cat Conservation course under the auspices of Earth Expeditions and Miami University’s Project Dragonfly. I will be speaking about cattle overgrazing which has caused bush encroachment. This has forced farmers to seek out more and more grassland putting them in direct contact with wildlife. You will learn about the Cheetah Conservation Fund that continues to work with cheetahs to hopefully re-introduce them back into the wild. It would really be helpful if those attending my talk would view a NatGeo Wild Documentary – “Vanishing Kings: Desert Lions of Namib.”  Here is the YouTube link (the video is just under 50 minutes):

Beth teaches fifth-grade science and language arts. After many years as a secretary, stay-at-home mom, professional clown, bank teller, and elementary school librarian, Beth received a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Childhood Education from Miami University. She is currently involved in Miami’s Earth Expeditions/Project Dragonfly Program and is working toward a Master of Arts in Teaching Biological Sciences degree. Earth Expeditions has afforded Beth the opportunity to travel to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula to study desert ecology and marine biology and to Borneo to study primate conservation. Whether standing face-to-face with a curious orangutan or a curious fifth-grader Beth is always prepared to draw from her varied experiences to teach and tell others about nature and science.

 

APR 18- A Spring Warbler Refresher, Dave Russell, Department of Biology, Miami University

dave-russellJoin Dr. David Russell for an evening of entertainment as he regales us about neo-tropical migrants with pointers and clues on how to best identify the wood warblers, harbingers of spring, that pass through our region every spring. This program will take place at the Ronald Reagan Lodge, Lakeview Room, Voice of America facility, 7850 VOA Park Drive, Westchester, Ohio. 7:00 – 9:00 PM)

 

Dave teaches ornithology at Miami University and established the Hueston Woods State Park bird banding station that draws hundreds of visitors throughout the year. Dave is an unrecovered addict who gets his fix every time he sees a new life bird. Dave is known to go to extremes to see any new bird that occurs within a 1000 miles of southwest Ohio and even beyond. In 2016 he has seen 517 species in North America as of October 31 with hopes of reaching 600 by the end of the year.

MAY 8- Madagascar – The Eighth Continent – Why It Matters, Hardy Eshbaugh, Professor Emeritus (Botany), Miami University, Oxford
hardy-eshbaugh-cIn September 2016 an intrepid group of nature lovers journeyed to Madagascar on an Earlham College alumni trip to learn about the “eighth” continent first hand. Madagascar is unique amongst the earth’s many destinations in its high number of endemic species across various groups of organisms such as birds, frogs, primates, insects, plants, etc. Madagascar faces a number of challenges ranging from an exploding population, massive deforestation, and unsustainable development to mention a few that threaten the very survival of its unique evolutionary heritage. Come and learn what makes Madagascar a show place of evolution and what is being done to save this incredible place for future generations.

Hardy Eshbaugh was a Miami University professor for more than 31 years and continued to teach and direct graduate students long after he retired until 2012. In retirement he focused on serving on various boards of not-for-profit organizations including the National Audubon Society, The Atlantic Salmon Federation, and the Catesby Commemorative Trust. Professionally, he served as the president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Botanical Society of America, the Society for Economic Botany, and the American Society of Plant Taxonomy. His botanical expertise is on Capsicum (chili peppers) and the flora of the Bahamas and the Maritime provinces.

Correction! MAR 13- How Eastern Bluebirds Can Change Your life!

2017/03/07

Audubon Miami Valley meets the second Monday of February, March, April, and May in 2017 in the 2nd floor conference room of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank building at 30 West Park Place. These meetings are free and open to the public.

MAR 13- How Eastern Bluebirds Can Change Your life!, Kent Hall, Professor Emeritus (Zoology), University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

kent-hall-2Dr. Hall will talk to the chapter about his life-long encounter with the eastern bluebird. It all started in a village in Missouri where he was born and raised: Versailles, which is in south central Missouri. He grew up surrounded by and immersed in the natural environment near his home. One of the most intriguing birds he encountered growing up was the eastern bluebird, the state bird of Missouri.

“I spent 30 years as a professor of Zoology. After I retired I looked around for hobbies that might interest me. For me, payback time had arrived. I remembered my childhood experiences with bluebirds and their influence on my professional career and decided to return the favor. For the last 13 years, I have coordinated the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society Bluebird Trail. It started modestly and has grown into the largest bluebird trail in North America. When started, we had only 89 boxes which produced 188 bluebirds in Portage County and I was the only monitor. In 2014 we had 1,354 boxes and produced 4,953 bluebirds in 6 counties with 76 monitors. In 13 years we’ve produced 45,500 bluebirds, plus another 14,000 songbirds, from our boxes. To put our growth into perspective, we have averaged 5,300 bluebirds produced over the past six years. During that time, we have produced more bluebirds from artificial nest boxes than all but three states in the U.S.: Wisconsin, Nebraska and Minnesota.”

Field Trip, March 18, Aullwood Audubon Center

2017/03/07

Field Trip, Saturday, March 18, 2017: Aullwood Audubon Center- Aullwood Audubon Center, one of the Midwest’s first nature centers, is situated just outside of Englewood, Ohio, about a one-hour drive from Oxford. The National Audubon Society was able to establish this beautiful wildlife sanctuary as a result of an unprecedented gift of land from Marie S. Aull in 1957. Aullwood consists of two major locations, Aullwood Nature Center and Aullwood Farm, connected by six miles of walking trails. Today, Aullwood’s 200-acre sanctuary includes six miles of walking trails winding through prairie, woods, ponds, farmland and meadows. A brochure with trail map is available at http://aullwood.audubon.org/sites/g/files/amh851/f/static_pages/attachments/aullwood_trailmap_2015.pdf. Aullwod Education Manager Tom Hissong is coordinating our visit. The trip will leave at 8:00 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. After our morning walk we’ll be able to enjoy a picnic lunch at the Center. Pack a lunch 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 jmichael@amvohio.org.

We’ve Come A Long Way Baby! Or Have We?

2017/01/24

FEB 13-  We’ve Come A Long Way Baby! Or Have We?, Alexis R. Faust, Executive Director, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm

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Alexis Faust will discuss the state of conservation thirty years ago, where we are today, and what we might have to look forward to thirty years in our future.

Faust is responsible for managing Aullwood’s 200-acre nature sanctuary and working farm as part of The National Audubon Society. Aullwood serves 60,000 students annually in STEMing and educational field trips exploring nature and farming. Alexis began her career at Princeton University as manager of the Princeton Materials Institute and the Princeton Center for Complex Materials, where an NSF grant sparked her passion for science education outreach. To pursue that interest she left Princeton to join Colombia University’s Biosphere 2 Center as head of public outreach. She was the Director of the Flandrau Science Center and planetarium in Tucson, Arizona and before coming to Aullwood she was President and CEO of Taltree Arboretum and Gardens in northwest Indiana.

 

Audubon Miami Valley meets the second Monday of February, March, April, and May in 2017 in the 2nd floor conference room of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank building at 30 West Park Place. These meetings are free and open to the public.

Fernald Preserve Field Trip

2017/01/13

On Sunday, January 15th Audubon Miami Valley will be kicking off the New Year with an outstanding field trip and I hope you’ll be able to join us. We’ll be visiting the Fernald Preserve, near Ross, Ohio, just a half-hour drive from Oxford. This 1,050-acre property, managed by the U.S. Department of Energy, is located on the site of a former uranium processing facility that ceased operations in 1989. Comprehensive environmental remediation and ecological restoration of the site was completed in 2006 at a cost of $4.4 billion–one of the largest environmental cleanup operations ever undertaken in U.S. history. The property’s natural features have been restored using native plants and grasses, creating one of the largest man-made wetlands in Ohio. The Preserve features 400 acres of forests, 387 acres of grassland including tallgrass prairie and savanna, and 140 acres of wetland habitat including three lakes. The site’s varied and unique habitats are accessible on a seven-mile network of trails. Over 240 bird species have been observed at Fernald, and over 100 have been documented as nesting there. Information about Fernald is at http://www.lm.doe.gov/fernald/Sites.aspx.
This outing will be led by Gary Stegner and Brian Wulker, expert naturalists who are knowledgeable about this amazing property. We will leave Oxford at 8:00 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) and return in the afternoon. Pack food if desired and bring binoculars if possible. For more information, or instructions on meeting the trip at the site, send me an e-mail to jmichael@amvohio.org.
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 is available at https://amvohio.org/events/field-trips/.
I hope to see you on Sunday the 15th! Feel free to redistribute this message to others who might have an interest.

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17TH

2016/12/14

For over 100 years Audubon has been conducting an annual Christmas Bird Count!

Please join Audubon Miami Valley members for this important citizen science event. Everyone is invited no matter your expertise. Beginner or accomplished birder, no matter, an enjoyable morning walk outside with nature looking for birds will refresh the soul.

Meet at Miami Research Ecology Center, 5806 Somerville Rd Oxford OH 45056 at 7:00Am on Saturday, December 17th. Then join AMV for a potluck luncheon and bird tally at the Research Center at noon immediately after the bird count. Just bring a dish to share and provide your own table service. You are guaranteed to have a great time with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. For more information, contact Bird Count Coordinator, Larry Gersbach at larrygers@aol.com.