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Field Trip, Sunday, September 22, 2018: Talawanda High School Natural Areas

2018/09/11

When the new Talawanda High School was constructed, a significant natural area was set aside, creating opportunities for field work for students. This trip will give us an opportunity to visit and appreciate this remarkable preserve. Our leader will be Adriane C. Ruther, Sustainability Initiative Coordinator at Talawanda. We’ll meet at the High School at 8:30 a.m.

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.

September 10- “eBird: What Does it Mean to You?” with Brian Wulker, Fernald Preserve, Harrison, OH

2018/08/24

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.

Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University and the National Audubon Society, eBird gathers basic data on bird abundance and distribution at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. As of November 2016, over 330,000 unique users have submitted over 26 million checklists, more than 366 million observations, and data for over 10,300 species to the program. eBird’s goal is to maximize the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers. The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network. The data are then available via internet queries in a variety of formats. eBird documents the presence or absence of species, as well as bird abundance through checklist data. A web interface allows participants to submit their observations or view results via interactive queries of the database. Internet tools maintain personal bird records and enable users to visualize data with interactive maps, graphs, and bar charts. All these features are available in a dozen languages.

Brian Wulker is an environmental scientist with both a BS and MS degree from Morehead State University, Kentucky who works for Navarro Research and Engineering at the Fernald Preserve in Harrison, Ohio where he has primary responsibilities in restored area maintenance and monitoring of constructed wetlands and prairies. Brian is an avid and accomplished birder and bird photographer. Brian also volunteers as an eBird regional editor for Ohio and northern Kentucky to review bird records and maintain data quality in eBird.

 

Take a Child to Nature

2018/07/09

July’s theme for our Year of the Bird partnership with National Geographic, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and BirdLife International is “Take a Child to Nature.” With kids spending more time than ever in front of screens, the focus for this month is all about getting kids (and their families) outside and exploring nature. A single encounter with a bird can spark a lifelong passion and help to build the next generation of conservationists. Here’s one fun idea – check out this Audubon_Scavenger Hunt kids and adults.

Mongolia Revealed – Land of the Blue Sky, Hardy Eshbaugh

2018/05/01

May 14- Mongolia Revealed – Land of the Blue Sky, Hardy Eshbaugh, Professor Emeritus, Miami University

An opportunity arose for six people to accompany George Archibald, founder of International Crane Foundation, on a conservation expedition to Mongolia. Mongolia is a landlocked country located between China and Russia. It is a vast emptiness that links land and sky, and is one of the last few places on the planet where nomadic life is still a living tradition. Mongolia is an exotic destination for any traveler to a land of superlatives. It is also a land of extremes: largely a treeless landscape with extensive grasslands, and many lakes. There is a bounty of exotic wildlife and unusual birds. The average summer temperature is 65°F. Winter average is (-13°F. In Mongolia there are 250 sunny days a year, often with clear cloudless skies. Precipitation is sparse averaging only 14.9 inches for the entire year in Ulaanbaatar, the Capital. Mongolia became the 2ndcommunist country in the world and shifted to capitalism in 1996. Three million people live in the country with 78 percent urban. The rural population is 5 people per square mile. Journey with Hardy and his son David as he introduces us to this most fascinating destination

Hardy Eshbaugh is a Professor Emeritus of Botany, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He received his A.B. from Cornell University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Indiana University.   In 1991 he received the Benjamin Harrison Award (Medallion) from Miami University, the institutions highest award for faculty “in recognition of contributions to the advancement of education to the nation.” In 2014 Dr. Eshbaugh received the Cincinnati Nature Center’s Wood Thrush Award for significant contributions to conservation and stewardship in the Greater Cincinnati region. In 2011 he received the Three Valley Conservation Trust’s Wallace I. Edwards Conservationist of the year award. In 2005 he was awarded The Great Egret Award by the National Audubon Society in recognition of his lifetime of service to the cause of conservation at the national, state, and local level. Eshbaugh was awarded the Outstanding Communicator Award of the Ohio Ornithological Society in 2007. He is a lifelong researcher and expert of Chili Peppers. He was Oxford, Ohio’s 2002 Citizen of the Year.

STUDENT ART EXHIBITION

2018/04/13

Saturday, April 14, noon to 5:00, at the Oxford Community Arts Center.   Students in grades K-12 learn about a local bird and create a work of art as part of their experience.  We expect about 150-200 works of art and each one is unique and creative!   The students will be recognized for their participation on Saturday afternoon, and the exhibit will remain on display at OCAC through April 21.

Field Trip, Sunday, April 22, 2018: Hunter / Huffmeier Property

2018/04/11

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, northwest of Oxford) and return to Oxford after lunch.

 

Hummingbirds 101, Amy and Carl Wilms

2018/04/01

APR 9- Hummingbirds 101, Amy and Carl Wilms, Indiana Audubon Societies, Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary

Hummingbirds 101 is intended to provide attendees with an overview of the hummingbird banding process while sharing information about the lives of these gems of the wing. Data from our past efforts will be shared along with eagerly anticipated future research plans. Participants will find our talk light-hearted, research oriented, and fun! There are more questions than answers, but our aim is to learn more about these fantastic birds!

Amy and Carl are Resident Managers for Indiana Audubon Society’s property, the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary near Connersville, Indiana.  Amy is the Assistant to the Chair in Psychology at Miami University. Prior to meeting and marrying Carl, she knew nothing about bird watching.  She started banding in 2012 and earned her Master Banding Permits for songbirds, owls, and hummingbirds in 2017.  Carl is a retired middle school science teacher who earned his PhD in education in 2014.