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Audubon Miami Valley Program – Fall 2019

Audubon Miami Valley meets the second Monday of September, October, November, and December 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, accessible by stairs or elevator.



Monday, September 9

Come join Audubon Miami Valley for the screening of Bird of Prey, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s award-winning documentary. With fewer than 800 Great Philippine Eagles remaining on Earth, the film tells the moving tale of a small but devoted group of people who are determined to save these magnificent birds from extinction. This film weaves stunning natural history footage of the critically endangered Great Philippine Eagle with the remarkable story of wildlife cinematographer Neil Rettig and a small group of conservationists from the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) who work tirelessly to save the bird from extinction.

The film follows Rettig’s return to the Philippines 36 years after he and his crew captured the first-ever recorded images of the eagle in the wild. Decades later, at the age of 64, Neil returns to the Philippine jungle on a grueling expedition to find the reclusive raptor and once again film a pair of eagles as they attempt to raise a newborn chick. “I’m hopeful that (our film) will make a difference,” says Rettig “because I’ve seen how images have the power to change the way people look at nature, change the way they look at the environment, and change the way they care.”


Monday, October 14

Ornamentals Escaping into the Wild: The Story of the Callery Pear Tree Presenter – Theresa, Department of Biology, University of Cincinnati. Known popularly as the ‘Bradford’, ‘Aristocrat’, or ‘Cleveland Select’ pear tree, the Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana) has been rapidly spreading across the US within recent years.  We will explore the history of this popular ornamental tree, why it has been spreading, and what can be done now to slow its invasion.

Theresa Culley, a Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences at University of Cincinnati, studies the role of ornamental horticulture in plant invasions. A native of California and a graduate of the Ohio State University, she chairs the Invasive Plant Assessment Committee of the Ohio Invasive Plants Council and is a member of Ohio Department of Agriculture Invasive Plant Committee.


***Cosposored Event!***

This year’s lecture is scheduled for November 7, 2019 as follows. The Hefner Museum of Natural History will feature Dr. Kay Holekamp at the annual Hefner Lecture on November 7th, 2019.  Place and time to be announced.

Dr. Kay Holekamp is the University Distinguished Professor of Integrative Biology and Director of Michigan State University’s interdisciplinary program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior. Her Hefner Lecture will be “A Hyena’s Tale” for an all-ages audience.


November 11, 2019

Worldwide warming of lakes: will we sink or swim? Presenter – Craig Williamson, Department of Biology, Miami University. Climate change is leading to a warmer and wetter world, with more extreme events. What does this mean for the clean, freshwater in lakes that is both essential for life on Earth as we know it, and yet threatened by human activity? Come hear a limnologist’s tale of many lakes.

Craig Williamson is the Ohio Eminent Scholar of Ecosystem Ecology at Miami University. He is a global change limnologist, and he loves lakes. He has studied lakes from Pennsylvania to Alaska and Patagonia, and likes nothing more than to share his insights into how la.kes are changing in this world.


December 9, 2019

A Romp through Ohio’s Flora and Fauna Presenter -Jim McCormac. This program will be a pictorial adventure; a wander through Ohio’s varied habitats with visits to flora and fauna great and small. We’ll look at well-known plants and animals, and obscure species that few have heard of or encountered. Overarching all is the importance of ALL the cogs of the ecological wheel, and the need to protect everything.

Jim worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for 31 years as a botanist, and later specializing in wildlife diversity projects, especially involving birds. He has authored or coauthored six books, including Birds of Ohio (Lone Pine 2004); and Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage (Kent State University Press 2009). The latter won the 2010 Ohioana Book award. He is a coauthor of the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II book. Jim writes a column, Nature, for the Columbus Dispatch, and regularly publishes a natural history blog. He has written numerous articles in a variety of publications and has delivered hundreds of presentations throughout the eastern United States. He was named 2015 Conservation Communicator of the Year by the Ohio League of Sportsmen. Jim is an avid photographer, shooting a range of natural history subjects. He has had hundreds of photos published in various forums.




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