Aullwood Audubon Center January events

BUTLER TOWNSHIP — The following is the January calendar of events for the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm:

Schedule At a Glance

January 1, 2 – New Year’s Day Holiday – Aullwood Closed

January 7 – Marie S. Aull’s 119th Birthday

January 7, 14, 21, 28 – Morning Discovery Walks for Adults, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. (Center)

January 11 – Aullwood Amish Quilt Exhibit Opens

January 12, 13 – Aullwood Closed – Staff Clean-up Days (Center and Farm)

January 14, 15, 28, 29 – Project FeederWatch, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (Center)

January 17 – Winter Speaker Series Program – Plant a Seed and a Bird Will Grow: Connections Between Native Plants and Birds, Tom Hissong – Education Manager, 2:30 p.m. (Center)

January 18 – Martin Luther King Day – Aullwood Closed

January 23 – Winter Botany Workshop, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. (Center) *

January 23 – Snow Birds – Farm Walk, 2:30 p.m. (Farm)

January 23 – Snow Moon – Full Moon Walk, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Center)

January 24 – Winter Speaker Series Program, Wood-Warblers: The Rest of the Story, Jim McCormac – Avian Specialist, ODNR – Division of Wildlife, 2:30 p.m. (Center)

January 31 – Winter Speaker Series Program, Nature’s People: The Intriguing Story Connecting Emily Dickinson to the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine, Tom Schaefer – Author, Educator, 2:30 p.m. (Center)

General admission is $5/adult and $3/child unless otherwise noted with an asterisk (*). Members of Friends of Aullwood and National Audubon Society are admitted free. Aullwood Center programs are held at 1000 Aullwood Road. Aullwood Farm programs are held at 9101 Frederick Pike. Call (937) 890-7360 for more information. Read more on our website

Morning Discovery Walks for Adults

Thursdays, January 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. A weekly walk in Aullwood’s sanctuary reveals many exciting discoveries. Join Tom Hissong, Education Manager, to experience the beautiful winter landscape. Bring binoculars! (Center)

Aullwood Amish Quilt Exhibit

A breathtaking exhibit of Amish quilts will be displayed at Aullwood’s Marie S. Aull Education Center from January 11 – March 20. This exhibit features more than 100 quilts and wall hangings that reflect the finest examples of Amish workmanship. The quilt patterns were selected by Aullwood’s former Director, Charity Krueger, more than two years ago. The complex patterns and intricate stitching of these quilts create one-of-a-kind pieces of functional art.

You must see the Tree of Life Quilt in all its glory and the fabric that comprises this king-sized beauty. The Bargello Quilt is a uniquely patterned quilt you will certainly love! The vibrant colors in the Stars in the Cabin Quilt took many days to piece. Come and see wall hangings with names like Sunshine/ Shadow, Rose of Sharon, Dahlia, Southwest Compass Star, Twinkling Star, or Log Cabin Star. The exhibit may be viewed during our regular hours. Mark your calendars for the Friends of Aullwood Amish Quilt Auction which will be held on Sunday, March 20. The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. and is free to the public. (Center)

Project FeederWatch

Thursdays and Fridays, January 14, 15, 28 and 29 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Count birds, drink coffee, eat donuts, share stories, and count more birds. These bird counts contribute to scientific studies at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Check out the Cornell web site at for more information. (Center)

*Winter Speaker Series Program – All About Birds: Conservation, Education and Recreation

Aullwood’s 2016 Winter Speaker Series, All About Birds: Conservation, Education and Recreation, will feature programs that will focus on our native birds and why and how we protect them, learn more about them and go outdoors to watch them. Seven informative Sunday afternoon programs will be presented by a variety of interesting speakers. Mark your calendars now for the following Sunday afternoons, January 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 14, 21, and 28. Programs will begin at 2:30 p.m. (Center). Admission is $5.00/adult and $3.00 child, Friends of Aullwood and National Audubon Society members are admitted free.

*Winter Speaker Series – Plant a Seed and a Bird Will Grow: Connections Between Native Plants and Birds

Our first Winter Speakers Series Program will be held on Sunday, January 17, at 2:30 p.m. with Tom Hissong, Education Manager. (Center)

On earth, plants and animals have developed special relationships that have evolved for millions of years. Some of the most interesting connections have formed between plants and birds. Birds use native plants for food resources, nesting materials, pest repellents, habitats to live in, color and camouflage evolution and much more. In turn, birds provide native plants with a means to spread their seeds, protection from hungry caterpillars and insects, pollination, fertilization and other factors of ecological importance. The many interesting connections between plants and birds are strong and well developed.

Tom will present a colorful PowerPoint program on the fascinating relationships between native plants and birds and how often times one group could not exist without the other. A discussion on the use of native plants to make a bird friendly home landscapes will be included.

*Winter Botany Workshop

Our Winter Botany Workshop will be held on Saturday, January 23, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. (Center). Discover the science of studying plants by taking a close look at their winter characteristics. Starting with an indoor session, learn the basics of winter botany through a special presentation and hands-on specimens. Our focus will be on tree identification. An outdoor field study will follow, enabling participants to develop plant identification skills. Participants will collect seeds, twigs, etc. to start their own winter botany collection. Bring hand pruners and dress for the weather. Price is $20 FOA member, $30 non-members. Level is beginning/ intermediate. Call (937) 890-7360 to register.

Snow Birds – Farm Walk

Saturday, January 23 starting at 2:30 p.m. Brrrrr, its cold outside! Help feed the birds at the farm during these cold winter months. Make several different types of simple bird feeders and leave your mark at Aullwood. Hang one of your bird feeders outside and watch the birds consume their edible treat. Take your other bird feeder home and enjoy watching birds from the warmth of your kitchen. After being outside, enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies. Bundle up before you come to visit! (Farm)

Snow Moon – Full Moon Walk

Saturday, January 23 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Snow is part of the beauty of winter. It is a great protector when it blankets the ground and insulates hibernating animals against winter’s cold winds. Join an Aullwood naturalist for an evening walk in the light of the beautiful Snow Moon. Bundle up for the cold night air. (Center)

*Winter Speaker Series – Wood-Warblers: The Rest of the Story

Our second Winter Speakers Series Program will be held on Sunday, January 24, at 2:30 p.m. with Jim McCormac – Avian Education Specialist, ODNR – Division of Wildlife. (Center)

In a spectacular and unrivaled migratory tidal wave, hundreds of millions of warblers temporarily colonize North America each year. These colorful sprites winter in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Thirty-eight species breed east of the Mississippi, and most of them are intricately linked to the ecology of the vast eastern deciduous forest. Native plants spawn food chains that are essential to the survival of warblers and most other songbirds. This program will explore the big picture of warblers, and their effect on people.

Jim has spent most of his career, up until 2004, as a botanist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and currently works for the Ohio Division of Wildlife. He was inaugural president of the Ohio Ornithological Society, and was the 2009 recipient of the Ludlow Griscom award, given annually by the American Birding Association to individuals who have made significant regional contributions to ornithology.

He is author of Birds of Ohio (Lone Pine 2004); The Great Lakes Nature Guide (Lone Pine 2009); and Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage (Kent State University Press 2009). The latter won the 2010 Ohioana Book award. He is author of the newly released (2014) Lake Erie Birding Trail Guidebook, and is a co-author of the Breeding Bird Atlas II. Jim writes a column, Nature, for the Columbus Dispatch, and has authored or co-authored hundreds of scientific and popular articles in a variety of publications. He is at work on a book about wood-warblers.

*Winter Speaker Series – Nature’s People: The Intriguing Story Connecting Emily Dickinson to the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine

Our third Winter Speakers Series Program will be held on Sunday, January 31, at 2:30 p.m. with Tom Schaefer – Author, Educator. (Center)

Though Emily Dickinson knew nothing of Hog Island at the time of her death in 1886, the woman who would become first editor of the Dickinson poetry, Mabel Loomis Todd, surely would. A decade after successful publication of three editions of Emily’s poetry, Mrs. Todd and her husband bought a majority share of a wilderness island in Maine for a family summer retreat that would eventually become the Hog Island Audubon Camp. Join Tom Schaefer as he retells fascinating elements of the story tangentially connecting Emily Dickinson to Hog Island, the home of Audubon’s first summer camp devoted to teaching key elements of nature study and ecology.

Tom first went to Hog Island on a Dayton Audubon Scholarship and completed his Master of Humanities at Wright State on the founding of the Audubon Nature Camp for Adult Leaders in 1936. He has been a student of Hog Island history ever since. Today he serves on the Friends of Hog Island board of directors and volunteers annually at the camp.

At home here in Dayton, Tom is completing work on his book Nature’s People: The Hog Island story from Mabel Loomis Todd to Audubon. Key parts of that narrative will be shared along with a series of classic Hog Island photographs from the family archive housed at Yale University. Copies of Tom’s book of poetry regarding Hog Island history, A Forest of Ferns: Reflections on Hog Island will be available for purchase and author signing.

Reach the Aullwood Audbon Center and Farm at 890-7360 or their website