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Audubon Miami Valley will meet the second Monday of February, March, April and May 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 11, 2019 Presenter: Tom Law, President, Voyageur Media Group, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
“A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun” explores the life and legends of E. Lucy Braun (1889-1971), one of the foremost ecologists, botanists and preservationists in American history. In 1950, she published Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America, a landmark book that documented forests all the way from Florida to Canada. As a leader in the early conservation movement, she helped preserve natural areas throughout Ohio and Kentucky. This documentary includes stories from people who knew Braun, commentary from scholars, archival photographs and documents, and beautiful nature videography, bringing to light the story of this trailblazing woman of science. This remarkable film was recently produced by the Voyageur Media Group, Inc and Meg Hanrahan, Writer/Producer/Director.

 

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.

 

April 8, 2019 Presenter: Nancy Ferguson Robinson
“Giant Panda Conservation and the Global Goals for Sustainability” Nancy Ferguson Robinson will join us to discuss Giant Panda conservation and her role as an envoy to the United Nations Development Programme. Giant Panda conservation has faced long odds due to many factors including panda biology, habitat loss, and captive care practices which were less than optimal. In January 2017, Nancy traveled to China to learn about the challenges of Giant Panda conservation, spend time with Giant Pandas and scientists and the caregivers working to save the species, and understand the role of Giant Pandas as ambassadors of hope for the Global Goals.  Join us for a conversation about the Global Goals and the relationship between human needs, global partnerships, and species survival.

Nancy Ferguson Robinson is currently the Director of Counseling Services for Miami University’s Middletown Regional Campus and is a Visiting Faculty member in Social Work.  From 1993-2004 Nancy’s work focused upon good health, gender equality and violence prevention as director of a regional rape crisis center, which also provided web-based consultation and information for people from 92 nations.   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 for six years, teaching adult and child visitors about wildlife conservation, biodiversity and animal adaptations.

 

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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