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Year of the Bird!


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


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 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

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


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


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 to sign up.

AMV’s 40th Bird Seed Sale!



Indeed, this is the is the 40th time we’ve offered the best in bird-approved fresh seeds and suet goodies for our favorite feathered neighbors. You’ll be helping us fund our local teacher and student programs. Download the order form for AMV Seed Sale 2018 and be sure to get enough to last you through the season!



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


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

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


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


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


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.