Oxbow, Inc.

 

Protecting and Preserving Wetlands

P.O. Box 4172, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Programs

(To get to the Oxbow, Inc. Office take Highway US 50 south from the #16 exit of 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 stop light where Walnut changes from two way to one way. Free parking is available on Walnut St., Center St., and in the parking lot behind the building.) Note: If there is any questions about whether or not a program is cancelled due to weather, a notice will be posted on our home page. You may also call Kani Meyer at 513-307-5284.

 

 

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

 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.

 

OXBOW INC. ANNUAL BIRDATHON 2017

Begins: 5:00 pm, Friday, May 12, 2017

Ends: 5:00 pm, Saturday, May 13, 2017

For more information click here or contact Jon Seymour or Jay Stenger directly.

Jon Seymour, 513-851-9835, jlsjks@hotmail.com

Jay Stenger, 513-522-8147, jaystenger@cinci.rr.com

 

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.

 

 

Breeding Birds & Summer Nature Walk

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 8:00 AM

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

Leader: Chris Moran, (513) 481-6058, vstlib@yahoo.com

Join our trip leader Chris Moran for what should be a pleasant morning early summer nature walk with an emphasis on summer resident and breeding birds. Chris is a veteran birder and knowledgeable naturalist and conservationist and has been a regular visitor to the Oxbow for many years. Chris, a long time Oxbow Inc. advocate, is also the Secretary of the Cincinnati Chapter of the National Audubon Society.

 

During June birds are abundant in the Oxbow area and almost all of them are involved in nesting and breeding activities. You may be surprised that nearly a hundred species of birds regularly breed within the Oxbow area or in close proximity. Chris will begin our trip exploring around Oxbow Lake, but will then likely move us over to Shawnee Lookout towards the end of the morning to take full advantage of the diverse habitats that can be found in the Oxbow area. Between the Oxbow, Lost Bridge and Shawnee Lookout we can expect to see and hear several species of water birds, raptors and a host of warblers, vireos, orioles, tanagers, flycatchers, grosbeaks and buntings, cuckoos and lots more. June is also the peak singing period and the morning chorus of bird songs will be quite vocal, giving us a great chance to track them down and get a look. Chris will be sure not to overlook the other wildlife we are sure to run across during our walk.

 

Most of this trip will be on foot, but walking will be easy to moderate and at a birders pace. To insure your comfort remember that June can be hot by mid-morning. You may want to consider bringing water, sun screen and insect repellent. It goes without saying that binoculars are necessary for seeing small birds. Restrooms are available. Shawnee Lookout, a Hamilton County Park, requires a Motor Vehicle Pass ($3 daily, $10 annual). If you have any questions, feel free to contact Chris.