The Audubon Society of Ohio (ASO) was established in 1897 in the Greater
Cincinnati area. ASO was the first Audubon Society organized in Ohio, and is currently a local chapter of the National Audubon Society.
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Selected Upcoming Events
2013- 04 January 2014
Christmas Bird Counts
See Calendar for additional details.
20 January 2014
Conservation of Ohio's Endangered Salamander, the
Monday, January 20, 2014 7:30 PM Greg Lipps will present
"CONSERVATION OF OHIO'S ENDANGERED SALAMANDER, THE
HELLBENDER". Presentation: Conservation of Ohio’s Giant
Salamander, the Eastern Hellbender. The Eastern Hellbender is
one of the world’s largest amphibians, and also one of the
most ancient. Found in streams and rivers in the Ohio River
watershed of the state, this completely aquatic salamander
lives under large rocks and feeds on crayfish and other
aquatic organisms. Surveys conducted from 2006-2010 found an
82% decline in the relative abundance of Hellbenders since the
mid-1980s, with most populations showing no signs of recent
successful recruitment. Individuals representing a diverse
group of agencies and organizations have come together to form
the Ohio Hellbender Partnership, and are working to reverse
this decline through a combination of headstarting, habitat
protection and restoration. Threats to Hellbender habitat are
diverse and challenging, ranging from sedimentation of streams
to issues related to Ohio’s shale gas boom.
Winton Center is located in Winton Woods Hamilton County Park. Going north on Winton Rd cross Winton Lake and turn left (west) at the first stop light onto Valleyview Drive. Then turn left into the first driveway into Winton Center. Plenty of free parking. Please feel free to come at 7:00 for 30 minutes of socializing with light snacks and refreshments before this free meeting. Hope to see you there.
Allan Beach, Past Program Chairman, Cincinnati Audubon and Volunteer Educator and CREW Volunteer, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
17, 2014 7:30 PM Doug Day's program will be about NATURE
PHOTOGRAPHY. BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES. Doug was a Grand Prize
winner in a photo contest for Wild Bird magazine.
Monday, March 17, 2014 7:30 PM Kristen Lear, a bat biologist and
conservationist will present a program on BATS. Kristen did a 15
month Fulbright Scholarship research study on bat population
associated with a large cave in Australia and has also studied bat
boxes and behavior in the pecan orchards of Texas for two seasons.
The ASO Mission
ASO is dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of the natural world.
Through education and conservation activities in our community, we raise
awareness and promote solutions to global environmental problems. The Audubon Society of Ohio was formed to be an environmental leader and
educator for those living within the Greater Cincinnati area. We present
monthly programs on various topics that are free and educational. These
programs are usually held at the Winton Woods visitor center. Some topics
have included birding trends in Ohio, including how populations are monitored and studied; travels of birders and photographers to some of the most beautiful areas in the world; and guest speakers from other local, regional and national organizations.
ASO provides educational monthly field trips designed to give hands-on experiences in the natural world. In addition to field trips to birding hot spots, our field trips also focus on the rest of the natural world, including trees, wildflowers, butterflies, insects, salamanders and other amphibians and reptiles, and much more. We concentrate on exploring local habitats; to minimize driving, most of our field trips are held in the Greater Cincinnati area. We also host special events, such as our annual Birding Class,
a hands-on birding ID series taught by experts to people of all ages in the classroom and the field. The Audubon Society of Ohio actively conserves some key properties in the Hamilton County and Adams County areas. These properties provide beneficial habitat for native flora and fauna. We are also involved in many conservation projects, working cooperatively with other
like-minded groups in the area.
How Can You Help Support ASO?
Your local chapter is self supporting and depends on dues and contributions from local members. Dues for a “Friend” membership are only $15.00 per year, and since we are an all volunteer organization, your dues fully support our mission. Those dues help cover the basic benefits that we provide to Friends and to the public. WIth your support we can continue to provide free educational activities such as informative monthly programs with guest speakers, our monthly “Night at the Movies” , and field trips to various habitats to look for interesting flora and fauna found in Ohio. Your support helps to cover admin costs to produce the “Chat” newsletter. Most important, your dues give the ability to expand our projects and outreach in conservation and education. We hope you will join us!
Audubon Society of Ohio - ASO
3398 W. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45239
PH: 513.741.7926 Web: www.cincinnatiaudubon.org
Website updated July 2011. Photos courtesy Rick Lisi & John Stewart.