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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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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