Aullwood to host Winter Speakers Series

BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Aullwood’s 2016 Winter Speaker Series, All About Birds: Conservation, Education and Recreation, will feature programs that focus on our native birds and why and how we protect them, learn more about them and go outdoors to watch them. These informative Sunday afternoon programs will be presented by a variety of interesting speakers. Mark your calendars now for the following Sunday afternoons, January 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. Call (937) 890-7360 for more information. Read more on our website

January 24, 2016 – Wood-Warblers: The Rest of the Story

This 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.

January 31, 2016 – Nature’s People: The Intriguing Story Connecting Emily Dickinson to the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine

This 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.

February 7, 2016 – Using Mapping Technology to Save and Enjoy Birds

This Winter Speakers Series Program will be held on Sunday, February 7, at 2:30 p.m. with Doreen Whitley – Geospatial Information Officer at The National Audubon Society. (Center)

Birds and the electronic age are coming together. Learn how the National Audubon Society and other bird conservation groups around the world are using mapping technology to support bird conservation work and even bird watching. A history of mapping technologies and birds along with current available technologies will be discussed. Feel free to bring a laptop or mobile device to join in the fun and take some technologies for a test drive.

Doreen Whitley has worked for the National Audubon Society for over 10 years in various roles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida, a technical degree in GIS and computer networking from Columbus State Community College, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

February 14, 2016 – The Secret Love Life of Birds

This Winter Speakers Series Program will be held on Sunday, February 14, at 2:30 p.m. with John Schaust, Chief Naturalist, Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc. (Center)

What better day than February 14th for an eye opening exposé about the real love life of birds. Polygamy? Infidelity? Promiscuity? These words are not ones typically associated with the mating behavior of birds. But the amorous avian world is much more intricate than our naturalist forefathers would have ever believed. Recent research reveals that when it comes to rivalry, competition, deception, fidelity and cheating…birds can make people look tame by comparison!

As Chief Naturalist for Wild Birds Unlimited Inc., John has spent the past 11 years supporting almost 300 WBU stores in encouraging their customers to be active backyard bird watchers and knowledgeable stewards of the environment. Prior to joining Wild Birds Unlimited in 2004, John spent 26 years as a professional Interpretive Naturalist with various federal, state and local park agencies. He is an avid birder and has been a licensed bird bander for over 30 years.

February 21, 2016 – Where Have the All-You-Can-Eat Buffets Gone?

This Winter Speakers Series Program will be held on Sunday, February 21, at 2:30 p.m. with Dr. David Russell – Professor and Senior Lecturer, Miami University. (Center)

Natural areas, parks and landscaped neighborhoods, long considered part of the foundation for the survivorship of today’s migrant birds, are evaluated as rest stops for these declining species. We’ll use a decade of bird banding data to illustrate the conundrum faced by today’s migrants-it’s green and full of plants, so it must be a good place to stop— why do I feel so distressed? We’ll have a fun, free-wheeling exploration of bugs and berries and the birds that rely on them.

Dr. David E. Russell received his BS in Entomology from University of California /Davis and his Masters and Doctorate in Molecular Systematics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A Senior

Lecturer of Intro and Environmental Biology at Miami University, he teaches a number of courses including Biology, Environmental Biology, Ornithology and Methods in Field Ornithology.

February 28, 2016 – A Tale of a Tail: The Story of a Red-tailed Hawk Family

This Winter Speakers Series Program will be held on Sunday, February 28, at 2:30 p.m. with Ray Mueller – Nature Photographer. (Center)

Adult Red-Tailed Hawks are beautiful birds with a bright, rusty red tail and are often seen soaring high over the Ohio landscape. This bird is one of Ohio’s most common birds of prey. Ray Mueller,

a local nature photographer, recently worked with his 93 year old mother Zoe Mueller to write and photographically illustrate a new book titled A Tale of a Tail. In this exciting program Ray will share his fascinating story about observing and photographing a family of Red-tailed Hawks who took up residence in a Black Locust tree in his neighborhood. He will illustrate his program with many beautiful images from his observations of the family and how his enthusiasm led him to work with his mother to create his book.

From an early age Ray Mueller began developing a deep appreciation for the intrinsic beauty and value of nature. Shortly after settling in Dayton, Ohio in 1991 after a military transfer, Ray attended an adult education class on photography. Ray has found a way to express his inner self and his love for the natural world through his photography.

Ray’s book, A Tale of a Tail, has 250 photographs, 2 illustrations, and over 110 pages that weaves an enchanting story that is educational and delightful. Ray will have his book available for sale after his program.
2016 topic is All About Birds: Conservation, Education and Recreation

Reach Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm 1t 890-7360.