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NOV 12- “Feeding Birds with Native Plants” with Tara Poling, Marianist Environmental Education Center, Dayton, OH

2018/11/01

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.

Tara Poling #1Native plants can help you conserve water and energy, provide habitat and green your yard! Natives can support pollinator populations, add reliable blooms to a “problem areas,” help manage stormwater, replace aggressive or invasive species, and prevent erosion.  More importantly, native plants support our native insects, turning our gardens into bird magnets. We’ll cover everything you need to make your native garden a success, including selecting species that will thrive in any area of your garden for season‐long color and winter interest.

Tara Poling is the Program Coordinator at the Marianist Environmental Education Center in Beavercreek, Ohio. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide, native plant gardener, beekeeper and amateur birder. She has more than 15 years experience as a program and workshop leader.

 

 

Field Trip, Saturday, November 10, 2018: East Fork State Park

2018/10/28

East Fork State Park in Clermont County, at 4,870 acres, is one of Ohio’s largest state parks. Within the Park, Harsha Lake provides opportunities for water birds of all kinds. East Fork offers a great diversity of landscape including dry-forested hills, rocky cascades, abandoned farmlands, thickly grown floodplains, marshy grasslands and swamp forests. This diversity lends to an abundance of plant and animal life. Woodlands are composed of beech, sugar maple, red and white oak, shagbark hickory, and wild black cherry while the swamp forests contain silver maple, American elm, sycamore, and black gum. A map of the Park is at https://parks.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/parks/PDFs/parks/Maps/East_Fork/eastforktrailmap.pdf. The trip will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s), arriving at the Park around 9:00 a.m., and returning to Oxford by late afternoon. 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.

Year of the Bird!

2018/10/18

The Audubon Miami Valley Board celebrated the Year of the Bird with Kate Rousmaniere, Mayor on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018 in the City of Oxford Council Chambers at the Court House.

Year of the Bird!

2018/10/14

Oxford’s Mayor mayor will read a “Year of the” proclamation for at the October 16 City Council meeting at 7:30pm as proposed by Audubon Miami Valley. Join us in celebration at the Court House, 118 West High Street, Oxford. Proclamations are one of the first things on the meeting agenda. See you there!

Field Trip, Sunday, October 14, 2018: Spring Valley Wildlife Area

2018/10/01

Spring Valley Wildlife Area is situated in the gently rolling agricultural region of southwest Ohio just east of the Little Miami River. This 842-acre preserve contains a wonderful variety of habitats. Its bird list features more than 230 species. Of special note is one of the largest and most easily accessed marshes in the area. Other notable habitats include mature hardwoods, brushy hedgerows, croplands, and overgrown fields. The wetlands comprise about 150 acres and are encircled by an easily traversable trail. A boardwalk allows excellent access to the marsh without disturbing the delicate ecosystem. A map of the the preserve can be found at http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/wildlife/Maps/Wildlife%20Area%20Maps/PDFs/springvalley.pdf. Expert naturalist Sam Fitton will lead this trip, which will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. Pack a lunch 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 jmichael@amvohio.org.

October 8- “Of Fire, Bison…and Voles” with Amy Sullivan, Miami University

2018/09/26

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.

Amy Sullivan AudubonTallgrass prairie is one of North America’s most endangered ecosystems; only about 2% remains, mostly in small disconnected patches.  We will explore how fire and bison shaped intact tallgrass prairie ecosystems historically, and how the flora and fauna of modern remnants and restorations are shaped by mammalian herbivores of a very different sort: voles.

Amy Sullivan holds a PhD in biological sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she combined her fascination with grasses and small mammals in a practical way by studying how voles–herbivorous rodents–impact tallgrass prairie vegetation.  She has worked in grasslands spanning deserts, mountains, and prairies. Currently she is a Visiting Assistant Professor with Project Dragonfly at Miami University.

 

 

 

Volunteer Day at Hueston Woods

2018/09/22

Audubon Miami Valley will host a habitat restoration project to remove invasive plants in the Big Woods Nature Preserve, Saturday, October 6, 10am-noon. Pizza at noon. Gloves and tools provided; wear long pants and sturdy shoes! 

Directions: From Oxford: Take Brown Road (College Ave.) to Hueston Woods State Park Main Loop Road. Go straight ahead at intersection. Then follow the signs down to the right.

From Hamilton: If you enter the park off of 732, turn left onto the Main Loop Road. At the intersection with Brown Rd., turn right and follow the signs down to the parking lot by the lake. Our tent will be by the Sugar House.

Please email greynolds27@gmail.com to sign up.