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Forest Run Metropark – Sunday, October 13, 2019


Located in Ross Township, the Metropark includes a variety of natural landscapes across 342 acres. Our visit will include the Timberman Ridge and Wildlife Preserve Areas of Forest Run featuring 9.1 miles of natural trails and a spectacular scenic overlook with an observation deck. Wildlife expert Sam Fitton will lead our visit to Forest Run. We’ll meet at 8:00 a.m. at the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) for the half-hour drive to Forest Run. Pack a picnic lunch or snacks if desired and bring binoculars if possible.

For more instructions, trip information or last-minute changes, send an e-mail to the trip coordinator at



Birds Seed Sale 2019



Order by October 10!

Follow this link to download the 2019 AMV Bird Seed Sale:

AMV Seed Sale 2019

Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative


Milkweed Seed Collection
September 1st through October 30th

Butler County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office has joined the annual Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative to help create beneficial habitats for pollinators by collecting milkweed seed. For full detailed instructions about seed collection go to It’s very important that the seeds are brown when collected and put in a paper bag that is folded over and stapled shut. We don’t want loose seeds floating around in buildings!

Seed collection sites:

  • Butler SWCD office at 1802 Princeton Road, Hamilton between 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday thru Friday, September 1 – October 30.
  • LCNB National Bank at 30 Park Place, Oxford, September 1 – October 26.
  • Oxford Seniors at 922 Tollgate Dr, Oxford, September – October 26th.

After October 26, seeds collected in Oxford will be delivered to the Butler SWCD office.

Cox Arboretum– Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019


Part of the Five Rivers Metropark system, Cox Arboretum is a 189-acre facility located on the south side of Dayton. The Arboretum offers 2.5 miles of trails through mature forests and colorful meadows. There is an excellent range of native wildflowers and mature trees at the rear of the Arboretum. 9 specialty gardens provide inspiration for gardeners wishing to make sustainable plant choices. Our leader for this trip will be experienced horticulturalist Dick Munson.

The trip will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) for the one-hour drive to the Arboretum. Those wishing to do so may get together for lunch in the Dayton area before returning to Oxford in the afternoon.

For more instructions, trip information or last-minute changes, send an e-mail to the trip coordinator at

September 9, Bird of Prey


Monday, September 9, 7:30pm. Come join Audubon Miami Valley for the screening of Bird of Prey, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s award-winning documentary. With fewer than 800 Great Philippine Eagles remaining on Earth, the film tells the moving tale of a small but devoted group of people who are determined to save these magnificent birds from extinction. This film weaves stunning natural history footage of the critically endangered Great Philippine Eagle with the remarkable story of wildlife cinematographer Neil Rettig and a small group of conservationists from the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) who work tirelessly to save the bird from extinction.

The film follows Rettig’s return to the Philippines 36 years after he and his crew captured the first-ever recorded images of the eagle in the wild. Decades later, at the age of 64, Neil returns to the Philippine jungle on a grueling expedition to find the reclusive raptor and once again film a pair of eagles as they attempt to raise a newborn chick. “I’m hopeful that (our film) will make a difference,” says Rettig “because I’ve seen how images have the power to change the way people look at nature, change the way they look at the environment, and change the way they care.”\

Audubon Miami Valley meets the second Monday of September, October, November, and December at 7:30 PM 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, accessible by stairs or elevator.


Longbeard Prairies at Hueston Woods State Park- Saturday, June 15, 2019


In 2014, the Shady Hollow Longbeards, Preble County’s chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, initiated a long-term plan to enhance wildlife habitats on a 14-acre parcel along Hedgerow Road within Hueston Woods State Park. Volunteers eradicated exotic vegetation before planting 34 species of native grasses and wildflowers, and used excavating equipment to improve a vernal pool, which was also planted with native vegetation. Adding signage, a trail system, an observation blind, footbridge, and wildlife nesting structures completed their plan. In 2018, the Longbeards completed a pollinator habitat project on a 5-acre plot at the ODOT’s Morning Sun Outpost, just north of the entrance to Hueston Woods.

A partner in the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative, a statewide coalition of organizations working to develop pollinator habitat and to educate Ohioans about the critical importance of pollinators, their objective was to establish a diverse stand of native grasses and wildflowers to benefit resident and migrant pollinators, enhance the property’s aesthetic qualities, and eliminate the need to periodically mow idle land.

We will meet at the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) at 8:00 am and proceed to the Hedgerow Rd. parking lot on the south side of the grassland wildlife project area in Hueston Woods. The tour will be led by Eric Hollins with assistance from habitat project managers. After a tour of the Hedgerow project area, we will drive to the ODOT facility to visit the pollinator project.

May 13, 2019 -Presenter: Randy Morgan, Emeritus Curator – Insectarium, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, “The Leaf-Cutting Ants:  Advanced agricultural civilization by instinct.”


The social complexity of Leaf Cutting Ants is second only to that of humans. They dominate the Neotropics and nest in a fortress city with millions f task-specialized workers farming fungus for food on freshly cut leaves. Their relentless leaf harvesting behavior stimulates primary plant productivity in nature, but also devastates human crops. Come meet our fungus-growing friends and foes: The leaf cutting ants.

Randy holds an M.S. in entomology from the University of Wisconsin. He worked at the Cincinnati Zoo Insectarium for 32 years and is now retired from his position as curator of Invertebrates, Reptiles, and Amphibians. At the Zoo he managed a diverse collection of live insects and other small animals for public education display, developed a world-class exhibit and received significant recognition and awards for his efforts. He has worked extensively with leaf cutting ants in the field, in laboratory observation nests and in public exhibits for nearly 40 years. Randy loves to share his passion of these incredible insects and other life, animals that propel our living world.

AMV will meet on the second Monday of February, March, April and May (2019) in the 2nd floor conference room of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank (LCNB) building, 30 West Park Place, Oxford, OH. These meetings are free and open to the public, and begin at 7:30 pm. Accessible by stairs or elevator.

APR 23, – A Spring Warbler Refresher, Dave Russell,


APR 23, – 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 Chilsolm Historic Famstesd, MetroParks Butler County, 2070 Woodsdale Rd, Trenton, OH, Tuesday, April 23 at 7-9pm. 

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.

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Oxford Takes Action: Climate Summit


The League of Women Voters of Oxford  is sponsoring a public meeting on April 10, 7:30 PM, for community members to learn about and to get involved with local initiatives dealing with the crisis of climate change. Location: the Presbyterian Seminary Building, Corner of Church and Poplar Streets. Audubon Miami Valley will be participating in the in the event.