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Speakers – Spring 2018

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.

MAR 12– The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Unveils a New Evolution to our Conservation Approach: Conservation By Design 2.0, Davin Schenk, JD, The Nature Conservancy, Program Manager, Ohio

From invasive species, climate change, unsustainable agriculture, energy expansion, and the expanding footprint of human settlements, now more than ever conservation is faced with major challenges. TNC, a worldwide non-profit organization founded in 1951, has recently revealed a significant development in our conservation approach that will help the organization develop strategies to address the major conservation challenges we face. The new strategy requires us to be bold and adapt our traditional ways of planning and implementing our work. This talk will explore the ne Conservation by Design 2.0 strategy and what TNC is doing in Ohio to help the organization address these challenges at a much broader regional and global scales.

Devin Schenk is the Mitigation Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) where he is responsible for running the state-wide Stream and Wetland Mitigation Program. Devin has worked in the field of stream and wetland mitigation for over 17 years in California, Kentucky, and Ohio. Devin received his B.S form the University of Cincinnati, Masters in Environmental Science from Miami University, and Juris Doctorate from Northern Kentucky University.


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.


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 2nd communist 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.












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