Oxbow, Inc.

 

Protecting and Preserving Wetlands

P.O. Box 4172, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

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, July 11, 2017, 7:30 PM

Tom Borgman — Missing pieces of the habitat puzzle

            Tom Borgman is Natural Resource Manager for Great Parks, Hamilton County OH and has worked for Great Parks for 31 years.  Great Parks of Hamilton County protects over 17,000 acres.   Some of the natural areas need to be restored to become quality habitat for wildlife.  We will explore ways Great Parks restores the wetlands, forests and prairies to provide a better place for wildlife to live and park visitors to enjoy.   Tom is also responsible for controlling invasive species and habitat restoration in the park district.  Tom has been part of the Ohio Invasive Plants Council and Taking Root since their inception and is also active in other local conservation organizations. 

 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 7:30 PM

Kris Medic – Trees in the floodplain

            Kris Medic is the Agriculture/Natural Resources and Community Development Educator for Purdue Extension Bartholomew County.  She is a Board-Certified Master Arborist, past president of the Indiana Arborist Association, and an adopted Hoosier.  Kris also once solved a UFO sighting as part of her Extension work.  She will tell that story, but also talk about trees, especially those associated with flood plains, both native and invasive tree species. With our newly purchased, heavily disturbed land, we need advice about how to restore it to health with floodplain-tolerant trees and other perennials. 

 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 7:30 PM

Jack  Berninger – Galapagos — The enchanted isles

            Galapagos—The enchanted isles that started an eureka thought process in the mind of Charles Darwin. He gave us the process of how life developed and continues to change on our planet. Jack will take us on Darwin's Galapagos journey to visit the fauna and flora that is so unique to those islands.  Jack is a retired Biology teacher who still enjoys the excitement and wonders of our universe. Jack and his wife Elaine love their travels to unique nature locations by giving programs and leading hikes in their local area and in the Everglades region of Florida.

 

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.

 

Botanical Walk

Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10:00 am

Meet in the upper Oxbow parking lot at the main entrance

Leader: Denis Conover, (513) 513-641-3651, conovedg@hotmail.com

Our leader for this Oxbow walk will be long time Oxbow Inc. advocate Denis Conover. Denis is an Oxbow Inc. board member, a UC professor, and skilled botanist and naturalist. It should be no surprise then that this field trip will focus on the diverse plants found in the Oxbow area. Denis is a well rounded naturalist with many interests in nature and will not neglect noting the birds and other wildlife we are sure to see during the walk.

 

Denis certainly knows the plants in the Oxbow area as he has conducted vascular plant surveys in the Oxbow since 1997 and to date has identified over 400 species in the Oxbow proper. Breeding bird activity will be at peak on this date also. So why not come out and join Denis for what should be a pleasant summer morning walk in the Oxbow.

While the walking will mostly be slow and over flat terrain, Denis says that participants should be prepared for a lot of walking and suggests wearing long pants and boots for walking in tall grass and possibly mud (it is the Oxbow after all). June can be hot, so you might also consider bringing sunscreen and water to insure a comfortable trip. If you have any questions feel free to contact Denis.

 

Early Fall Migrant Shorebirds & Waders

Friday Evening, August 25, 2017, *6:00 PM

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

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

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

*Note that this is an evening field trip.

Several years ago, in an attempt to beat the heat of the August “dog days”, we began scheduling our August field trips in the evening. For several reasons this trip has become quite popular. The focus of this trip will be birds, specifically early fall migrants through the Oxbow. That’s right, I did say fall. While the calendar and temperature tells us it is still late summer, the southbound fall migration of shorebirds (sandpipers & plovers), long-legged waders (herons & egrets) and several other species begins quite early and will be well under way by this date. So come out and join our trip leaders, son and father team Jack Stenger and Jay Stenger, for what should be a pleasant summer evening in the Oxbow area. These two guys are skilled and expert birders who know the area inside and out.

 

Shorebirds (sandpipers and plovers) need exposed mudflats and shorelines where they forage for their invertebrate food. During most years the Oxbow provides good to great habitat for them. The nearby Great Miami River usually has exposed sand bars at this season as well. In addition to several species of shorebirds, we expect that we will find numerous Great Egrets and herons including Great Blue, Green and Black-crowned Night-Herons. This is also a great time of year to find an unusual or rare species such as Little Blue Heron and Snowy Egret (but not guaranteed). Purple Martins and other migrating swallows’ can “stage” in large numbers in the Oxbow during this month and terns, Osprey, Bald Eagle (year round) and other early migrants are possible. With most of our summer residents still present as well, we should find a good diversity throughout the evening.

 

Jack and Jay plan to hit several spots in and around the Oxbow including Lost Bridge over the Great Miami. The trip will end around dusk (9:00 PM?). It will likely be hot at this season, even at this time of day, so we suggest bringing sunscreen, insect repellant and water to make your visit more comfortable. Feel free to contact Jack or Jay if you have any questions.