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AMV will meet on the second Monday, September through May in the 2nd floor conference room of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank (LCNB) building, 30 West Park Place, Oxford, OH. These meetings are free and open to the public, and begin at 7:30 pm. Accessible by stairs or elevator.

Mar 11, 2019 Presenters: Troy and Kathy Schwable,
“Habitat Restoration and Pollination Preservation” Working hand in hand, providing research and reconstruction efforts to bring a wildlife habitat back from invasive species, human mismanagement and apathy the amazing mystery of our natural world rebounds with a wonderful explosion of native plant life, native insect life and native wildlife.

Troy and Kathy have earned their Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist certificates as well as Certified Volunteer Pollinator Specialists certificates from The Ohio State University Extension.  They love sharing their knowledge of the outdoors and nature with others.  Troy enjoys the business side of things while Kathy’s passion is in the field and teaching.


APR 23, – A Spring Warbler Refresher, Dave Russell, Department of Biology, Miami University

Dave RussellJoin Dr. David Russell for an evening of entertainment as he regales us about neo-tropical migrants with pointers and clues on how to best identify the wood warblers, harbingers of spring, that pass through our region every spring. This program will take place at the Chilsolm Historic Famstesd, MetroParks Butler County, 2070 Woodsdale Rd, Trenton, OH, Tuesday, April 23 at 7-9pm. 

May 13, 2019 -Presenter: Randy Morgan, Emeritus Curator – Insectarium, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
The Leaf-Cutting Ants:  Advanced agricultural civilization by instinct. The social complexity of Leaf Cutting Ants is second only to that of humans. They dominate the Neotropics and nest in a fortress city with millions f task-specialized workers farming fungus for food on freshly cut leaves. Their relentless leaf harvesting behavior stimulates primary plant productivity in nature, but also devastates human crops. Come meet our fungus-growing friends and foes: The leaf cutting ants.

Randy 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, and Amphibians. At the Zoo he managed a diverse collection of live insects and other small animals for public education display, developed a world-class exhibit and received significant recognition and awards for his efforts. He has worked extensively with leaf cutting ants in the field, in laboratory observation nests and in public exhibits for nearly 40 years. Randy loves to share his passion of these incredible insects and other life, animals that propel our living world.










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