Oxbow, Inc.


Protecting and Preserving Wetlands

P.O. Box 4172, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Vanishing Wetlands

A Special Place for Wildlife
Birth of an Organization
In the summer of 1985, political and business leaders announced plans to create a major new port authority and build a 700-acre commercial barge shipping center on this floodplain.
The Oxbow is a broad floodplain where the Great Miami River empties into the Ohio. This area where three states - Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky - come together, is near Lawrenceburg, Indiana, seventeen miles downstream from Cincinnati.

Early settlers on this continent found the forests and grasslands interspersed with swamps, ponds, and marshes. But now 55% of America's wetlands have been drained and we still lose more than 400,000 acres of wetlands every year.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Oxbow, Inc. Office

301 Walnut ST., Lawrenceburg, IN


Cuba: Above and Below Water


Oxbow board member, Kani Meyer and her husband Dave, emeritus professor of Geology at UC, will present a talk on Cuba based on Kani's trip in 2003 and Dave's dive trip there in June of last year. In many ways Cuba seems caught in the late 50s, with wonderfully kept cars and elegant but crumbling buildings but the people are very warm and welcoming. In 2003 most of our time was spent in Havana with a short excursion east to a small village. Dave spent most of his time in the Jardines de la Reina off the southern coast of Cuba. This area has been long protected from fishing and has regulated diving activities so that the reefs are some of the best in the Caribbean.


Field Trips


Peak Spring Migration

Sunday, May, 21 2017, 8:00 AM

Meet: at the upper Oxbow parking lot at the main entrance to the Oxbow

Leader: Dave Helm, (513) 403-4519, helmmd@icloud.com

May is without a doubt the best overall month for birding in our region and probably the rest of the USA as well. It is during this month that the greatest diversity and the most species are present. During May, spring migration peaks for many species and summer residents have returned in force. And the Oxbow and lower Great Miami River valley is a great place to find them. So birds will certainly be the focus of this morning trip.


Dave Helm, our trip leader, is a skilled veteran birder and naturalist and long-time Oxbow advocate. Dave has always been a regular visitor to the Oxbow and knows the area well. Dave’s experience will certainly come in handy as birds should be abundant and vocal on this date.


We should see numbers of raptors (eagles, osprey, and hawks), herons and egrets, terns (possible), shorebirds, and migrant and resident warblers and many other songbirds over the course of the morning. Dave plans to bird around Oxbow Lake, but he will likely spend a good portion of the morning at Lost Bridge and the Shawnee Lookout side of the river to take full advantage of the diverse bird life moving through the area around this date.


Much of this trip will be on foot, but walking will be easy to moderate and at a birders pace. As always, be prepared for muddy spots, especially if conditions have been wet. For your comfort you may want to consider bringing water, sun screen and insect repellent. It goes without saying that binoculars are necessary for seeing small birds. A motor vehicle permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required at Shawnee Lookout (Great Parks). Restrooms are available at Shawnee Lookout or nearby businesses. Feel free to contact Dave if you have any questions.