Oxbow, Inc.

 

Protecting and Preserving Wetlands

Programs

To reach the Oxbow, Inc. office take Highway US 50 west from the #16 exit off I-275.  Pass the Hollywood Casino exit and turn left at the second stop light onto Walnut St. 301 Walnut is on the right side at the second stoplight at the corner of Walnut and Center Streets.  Free parking is available on Walnut St., Center St., and in the parking lot behind the building.  All meetings are at The Oxbow, Inc. Office, 301 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg unless otherwise noted.

 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7:30 PM

Megan Philpott – From the Field to Test Tubes and Back Again

Megan Philpott’s presentation, From the Field to Test Tubes and Back Again, is about mixing biotech and field techniques in plant conservation.  Megan is a Ph.D. candidate in Biology at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). Her research is focused on using population genetic tools to better conserve threatened and endangered exceptional plants. 

Field Trips

 Unless otherwise indicated, all trips start at the upper Oxbow parking lot. To reach the upper Oxbow parking area, go south on US Hwy 50 from the I-275 #16 exit. In about 200 yards, turn left (east) at the edge of the Shell/Subway and go over the levee to where the road T’s with a fence directly in front of you. Turn right and go to the Oxbow entrance sign. Turn left into the Oxbow. The upper parking area is immediately on the right.

 

 

Fall Waterfowl Migration

Date & Time: Sunday, November 5, 2017, 8:00 a.m.

Where: Meet in the upper Oxbow parking lot at the main entrance to the Oxbow.

Leader: Gary Stegner, (812) 667-6433, garyandsally@hotmail.com

Late autumn is a beautiful time of the year and the subtle hues of the landscape interspersed with brilliant fall colors offer up a stark beauty. It will be against this backdrop that our trip leader Gary Stegner will lead this morning visit to the Oxbow. Gary is a long time Oxbow advocate and member and is an experienced birder and naturalist. He is also a frequent visitor to the Oxbow and knows the area well.

 

When birders and naturalists think of the Oxbow during November the first thing that usually comes to mind is waterfowl. The peak of fall waterfowl migration occurs in our region during November and the Oxbow offers a great refuge for them.

 

While waterfowl will be the primary focus of this trip, Gary will not ignore the many other species that can be found here at this season. Bald Eagles are expected and other hawks will be seen. There is even a good chance we will see migrating Sandhill Cranes. Late migrant and winter songbirds should also be abundant and the weedy fields and roadsides will abound with sparrows of many species. We can expect to find a diverse number of species as Gary plans to visit several spots in the Oxbow area including a probable stop at Lost Bridge over the Great Miami River. So why not come out and join Gary for what should be a beautiful autumnal visit to the Oxbow.

 

Remember, the Oxbow can be muddy in many places this time of the year and November weather can be cold and wet so prepare accordingly. If you have any questions feel free to contact Gary.

 

2017 Ohio River “Oxbow” Christmas Bird Count

Sponsored by the National Audubon Society

Supported by Oxbow Inc.

When: Saturday, December 17, 2015, 7:45 am.

Where: Meet at the Shawnee Lookout Park upper boat ramp parking lot.

Compiler: Jack Stenger, (513) 503-3389, jackstenger@gmail.com

As in past years there will not be a “regular” Oxbow field trip in December. This is due in part to the busy holiday season but also because the annual “Oxbow” Christmas Bird Count provides everything and more that a normal monthly field trip does. So come out and get your monthly Oxbow fix by joining count compiler Jack Stenger on this annual holiday bird count (also known as the Oxbow Christmas Bird Count) which censuses winter bird populations in a 15-mile diameter circle, which includes the Oxbow area, Shawnee Lookout Park and most of Dearborn County Indiana. Everyone is invited to participate regardless of skill level. There is no participation fee. You can request the area you would like to census. You can participate all day, for just a couple of hours or just by staying home and counting the birds at your feeders if you live in the count area. Christmas Bird Counts are a lot of fun and always turn up some interesting finds. The data collected from this citizen/science effort goes into a historical database that is used in all sorts of bird related projects. If you have any questions feel free to contact Jack. If you plan on participating please contact Jack and let him know to expect you (for coverage and planning purposes).

(Contributed by Jay Stenger)

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Christmas Bird Counts:

You may also be interested in these other local National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Counts. If interested contact the count compilers for more information.

Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Co-Compiler Jay Stenger, (513) 522-8147, jaystenger@cinci.rr.com

Co-Compiler Jack Stenger, (513) 503-3389, jackstenger@gmail.com

Western Hamilton County Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Compiler Ned Keller, (513) 349-3369, nedkeller49@gmail.com

East Fork Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

Compiler Joe Bens, (513) 353-4229, joebens@live.com

Hamilton-Fairfield Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Compiler Mike Busam, (513) 755-0057, mbusam@gmail.com

For more information on Audubon Society Christmas Bird Counts visit the following website:

https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count