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AMV will meet on the following dates 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.

 

February 10, 2020 Our Maine Summer Adventure
Presenters – Adriane and Flora Ruther
We are very appreciative of the opportunity provided by AMV to visit Hog Island in Maine. Our experiences included a week of amazing people, incredible maritime island exploration, delicious food, gorgeous wildlife, and fun crafts, songs, and games along the way. We are excited to share our adventure with you! Adriane has been teaching biology and botany at Talawanda High School since 2004. She also serves as the district Sustainability Coordinator and advises the Environment and Natural Science Club. In her spare time, she likes to hike, bike, sew, and read. Flora is 9 and in 4th grade at Bogan Elementary. She loves reading, drawing, swimming, gymnastics, and dance.

 

March 9, 2020 A Mexican Odyssey – Birding the Puerto Vallarta – San Blas region
Presenter – Hardy Eshbaugh
Birding in the Pacific coastal region of Mexico introduces the birder to numerous tropical and sub-tropical species as well as some very unusual endemics. Travel with Hardy as he introduces us to the avifauna of this region that is too often overwhelmed by the tourism market yet holds many surprises hidden in out of the way corners of Nayarit and Jalisco. Hardy is a professor emeritus at Miami University. During his many years as a professor he taught a range of courses including field courses in the Bahamas, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and the Peruvian Amazon; he has seen more than 1,800 bird species. Hardy has led ecotourism trips all over the globe.

 

April 13, 2020 Elephants, Lions and Lapwings: A Southern Africa Safari
Presenters – Kathy Beil-Morgan and Randy Morgan
We’ll feature some natural history highlights from our vacation expedition to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Deserts bisected by wetlands and bordered by coastlines support incredible wildlife such as elephants, lions, wild dogs, rhinos, hippos, antelopes, crocodiles and more. Diverse birdlife includes ostriches, fish eagles, iridescent sunbirds and starlings, bizarre hamerkop and hoopoe. Kathy Beil-Morgan is currently Marketing Manager & Veterinary Nurse at Peach Grove Animal Hospital. She is a retired Procter & Gamble Consumer Researcher. Randy Morgan holds the honorary position of Emeritus Curator-Insectarium, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where he worked for 32 years prior to retiring. He is also a Board Member-at-largefor AMV.

 

May 11, 2020 Giant Panda Conservation and the Global Goals for Sustainability
Presenter – Nancy Ferguson
Nancy Ferguson Robinson will present a program on Giant Panda Conservation and the Global Goals for Sustainability. Nancy will to discuss Giant Panda conservation and her role as an envoy to the United Nations Development Programme. In January 2017, Nancy traveled to China to learn about the challenges of Giant Panda conservation and understand the role of Giant Pandas as ambassadors of hope for the Global Goals. Nancy is currently the Director of Counseling Services at Miami University Middletown. From 1993-2004 Nancy’s work focused upon good health, gender equality and violence prevention as director of a regional rape crisis center. Her background includes consultation for the Peace Corps and Ministry of Health in Dominica, West Indies. Nancy also worked as a naturalist educator/Program Leader at the Cincinnati Zoo, teaching about wildlife conservation, biodiversity and animal adaptations.

 

 

 

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