Protecting and Preserving Wetlands
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, March 13, 2018, 7:30 P.M.
Dr. David Lentz—Archeobotany and Ancient Maya
Dr. Lentz’s primary research interests are in paleoethnobotany and paleoecology. He has conducted field research in many areas of North America, studying indigenous groups in Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Mexico and El Salvador, as well as in the southwestern and southeastern US. To develop a greater understanding of how early cultures manipulated their environment through their agricultural and other land-use practices, he has examined the way in which indigenous people, including the Jicaque, Paya and the Kekchi-Maya, use plants. Much of his work has focused on the archaeobotany of the ancient Maya and Olmec, studying the differences in dietary habits among groups of varying economic status. He is currently investigating the land use practices of the ancient Maya at Tikal in Guatemala.
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.
Spring Waterfowl Migration
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8:00 AM - Noon
Leader: Gary Stegner, email@example.com
March in the Oxbow means ducks, as spring waterfowl migration reaches its peak this month. The Oxbow has historically been a magnet for migrating birds, but especially for waterfowl. As one of Oxbow’s long standing motto’s states, “The Duck Stops Here”. Put another way, it’s difficult to ignore the waterfowl during any March visit into the Oxbow area.
The term “waterfowl” implies species of the family Anatidae and includes ducks, geese and swans. Over the years, at least 34 species of waterfowl have been recorded in the Oxbow, about 25 of those occur regularly. In addition , many other signs of spring should be noticeable by this date. Seeing Bald Eagles in the Oxbow area during any month of the year has become common. That said, March still represents the peak of spring migration for Bald Eagles. When you add these migrants with lingering winter visitors and the local residents, large numbers of eagles can be seen and the Oxbow may be the best regional location to find these birds. Sandhill Cranes and large concentrations of gulls may also be seen.
Shake off your cabin fever and join our trip leader Gary Stegner for this early spring morning visit. Gary is a long time Oxbow member and an experienced naturalist and birder. You may know Gary as the recently retired Communications Director of Fernald Preserve. Gary knows the Oxbow area extremely well and plans to lead us to several spots in and around the Oxbow looking for the general diversity that early spring migration brings.
March also brings rain and potential flooding to the Oxbow bottoms so some areas can become inaccessible during this month. On the other hand, flood waters open up new and temporary areas where waterfowl and other water birds can forage, so Gary will adjust his plans accordingly on the day of the trip. You can expect a little driving from spot to spot interspersed with a little light walking. Regardless of the days forecast dress for late winter and expect some mud on your shoes. Yes, there is mud in the Oxbow. Contact Gary with any questions regarding this trip.