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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.

The schedule for the Fall 2017 season:

September 11, 2017, 7:30pm- A Honey of a Bee: Fascinating facts from our flower-loving friends, Randy C. Morgan, Emeritus Curator-Insectarium, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

 

The familiar honey bee Apis mellifera is a vitally important agricultural pollinator threatened by many human activities. It is also a behaviorally fascinating insect. This talk celebrates honey bees’ sophisticated social organization, intimate association with flowers, and past and present relationships with humans. We will also explore the wonderful ways honey bees sense their world and communicate with nest mates including their astonishing waggle dance language.

Randy is an entomologist and 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 & Amphibians. At the zoo he managed a diverse collection of live insects and other small animals for public educational display and developed a world-class exhibit. Randy has received significant recognition and awards for his work. He has been a beekeeper for nearly 40 years, is active in the South Western Ohio Beekeepers Association and loves to share his passion for honey bees and the other little animals that propel and shape our living world.

October 9, 2017, 7:30pm- A Runaway Hobby, Dave Russell, Department of Biology, Miami University.

 

What started as a sociable birding competition between childhood friends, morphed into a frenzied quest to the four corners of the continent in the pursuit of 600 species–all while keeping a couple full-time jobs and not trying to spend too much of the grocery money. Join us for an evening of fun and adventure as we crisscross North America chasing birds.

David E. Russell received his BS in Entomology from University of California Davis and his Master’s and Doctorate in Molecular Systematics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A Senior Lecturer of Intro and Environmental Biology at Miami University, he teaches a number of courses including Biology, Environmental Biology, and Ornithology. A Master Bird Bander and certified North American Banding Council Trainer, he is the co-founder and Research/Education Director for the Avian Research and Education Institute (AREI), a nonprofit bird conservation, education, and advocacy organization. An avid birder with a passion for sharing the birding world with all that will listen, Dave frequently leads field trips and conducts birding workshops throughout the US. Dave and Jill are also Peony farmers in Alaska and own and operate the business, Boral Peonies.

 

October 18, 2017, 7:30pm- The 2017 Hefner Lecture, The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why it Matters. Sean Carroll is an award-winning scientist, author, educator, and executive producer. He leads the Department of Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is the Allan Wilson Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin.

An internationally-recognized evolutionary biologist, Carroll’s laboratory research has centered on the genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity. In recognition of his scientific contributions, Carroll has received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Sciences, been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, as well as named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

A prominent science communicator in print, on radio, and on television, Carroll is the author of Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species, which was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award for non-fiction (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), The Making of the Fittest (2006, W.W. Norton) and of Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo (2005, W.W. Norton). His first two books were the basis for, and Carroll was the scientific consulting producer of, a two-hour NOVA special that was first broadcast in December 2009 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. He also wrote a regular feature “Remarkable Creatures” for the New York Times Science Times.

Carroll is also author of the student text Into The Jungle: Great Adventures in the Search for Evolution (2008, Pearson, Benjamin Cummings), co-author with Jen Grenier and Scott Weatherbee of the textbook From DNA to Diversity: Molecular Genetics and the Evolution of Animal Design (2nd ed., 2005; Blackwell Scientific) and with Anthony Griffiths, Susan Wessler, and John Doebley of the textbook Introduction to Genetic Analysis (10e, 2011, W.H. Freeman and Co.).

For his educational contributions, he has received the Stephen Jay Gould Prize for the advancement of the public understanding of evolution from the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Distinguished Service Award of the National Association of Biology Teachers, and the Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Award from the Society for Developmental Biology. Carroll was named one of America’s most promising leaders under 40 by TIME Magazine in 1994.

 

November  13, 2017, 7:30pm- Ohio’s Prairie Heritage, Dave Nolin, Conservationist, Five Rivers MetroParks (retired)

Prairies have long been part of the North American landscape. This program will explore the pre-settlement prairies of Ohio, the role the Native American’s played in maintaining them, and subsequent destruction of nearly all of Ohio’s prairies after the land was settled by Europeans. Starting in the 1960s, the first planting project in Ohio was undertaken by the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm staff. Aullwood Prairie soon became the catalyst that led to a statewide effort to protect and restore the few natural prairies left in Ohio. This fascinating talk will also focus on one of those sites, Huffman Prairie on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and explore the rich diversity of life that can be found there.

Dave Nolin grew up in Fairborn, Ohio and has lived in Dayton all his life. He attended Wright State University where he received a B.S. degree in 1980 and an M.S in 1984 He worked as a conservationist at Five Rivers MetrtoParks from 1985-2015. During his career Dave worked tirelessly preserving and restoring natural spaces in the Miami Valley. His commitment to conservation initiatives of all scales and scopes, both locally and nationally, has been unwavering. His collaboration with public and non-profit conservation groups as well as the local academic community has earned respect for Dave’s work as a conservationist. He pioneered the use of conservation easements and other landowner agreements to help support Five Rivers MetroParks’ mission of protecting the Miami Valley’s natural heritage. He worked with Three Valley Conservation Trust, helping establish conservation easements that protect productive farmland, conservation areas along river corridors and sensitive natural features deserving of protection as a part of the region’s natural heritage. Thanks to his efforts, thousands of acres of native habitat have been protected and restored. In recognition of his efforts Dave received the Wally Edwards Conservationist of the year from the Three Valley Conservation Trust in 2015.

 

December 11, 2017, 7:30pmGlobal Climate Change – Sound-bytes vs. Critical Investigations. Mark Boardman, Professor Emeritus, Miami University.

The topics and words “global climate change” and “global warming” illicit a gut-wrenching reactions in many people. Emotions about climate change and global warming are good, but, without being coupled with data (versus alternative facts or telephone game information), our reaction and response might be hyperbolic or hysterical, rather than deliberate and measured.

Global climate change and global warming are real and happening today. We are living “in” a global experiment largely caused by human activity. “belief in global climate change is optional, participation is not.”

This talk provides a data-based presentation of several principle measures of climate change – not just changes in daytime surface air temperature. We’ll also examine changes in nighttime temperature, upper atmospheric temperature, ocean changes, and polar ice changes (coverage and thickness of ice). What we will see is that the sound-bytes presented by scientists obscure the robust critical investigations of science; while the sound-bytes of climate change deniers obscure the paucity of data or alternative facts.

Mark Boardman grew up in the Virgin Islands where the wonder of nature awakened and forever directed his education. His formal education includes an A.B. in Geology from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).

Sharing his wonder of the world through questioning and detailed observations drives his professional service. After teaching for three years in Brazil (1978-1981), he joined the faculty at Miami University (Geology Department) where he taught a variety of environmental courses on campus, led dozens of international environmental field courses in the tropics, and was appointed Director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences from 2003 to 2009 at Miami University. His research interests, publications, and student mentorship focused on geochemical fingerprinting of climate change as well as issues of degradation of water quality in developing nations. But the overall wonder of nature prompted publications concerning the spawning behavior of Nassau Grouper, and photographic books on coral reef fishes and birds of the Bahamas. Currently, he is on the external advisory board for the marine sciences program at the University of the Virgin Islands and is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Three Valley Conservation Trust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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