The speaker for our February meeting will be Jay Stenger who will present a program entitled “Birding in the Pits”. Jay maintains that there are literally hundreds of active and abandoned gravel pits and other similar habitats in southern Ohio, southeastern Indiana and northern Kentucky. He will examine how these manmade habitats and disruptions to the natural environment have affected birds and other wildlife over the years. Jay will also discuss Blue Grosbeaks and Lark Sparrows in our region and how their affiliation with gravel pits may be connected to recent increases in their local populations. Other gravel pit topics discussed will include their potential as wildlife refuges, as well as their locations, habitats, accessibility, historical and current bird records and a lot of other information about these often overlooked and under birded “hot spots”. This will prove to be a unique program so we hope to see you there. The program will be held at the Winton Woods Visitor Centre on Monday evening February 20, 2017 beginning at 7:00 PM.
Many of you may know Jay as he has had a lifelong interest in conservation, nature and wildlife, especially birds. He has served on the ASO board for two terms and 18 years and is the current Treasurer and Field Trip Coordinator. He has been a co-conductor of the annual ASO Birding Course since its inception 30 years ago and has been the compiler of the NAS Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count for the past 29 years. Jay also serves on the boards of Oxbow Inc., the Cincinnati Bird Club and the Ohio Birds Records Committee.
Audubon programs are held on the third Monday of the month (not including January, July, August or December). We meet at 7:00 p.m. for light refreshments, with the program beginning at 7:30. We meet at the Winton Woods visitor center, located at 10245 Winton Road. To reach the visitor center from I-275, take the Winton Road exit, and go south. Just before the lake, turn right into the park. From the Ronald Reagan Highway, take the Winton Road North exit, and turn right into the park just after the lake.
Note that a Park District auto sticker is required – $3.00 daily or $10.00 annual for Hamilton County residents, or $5.00 daily or $14.00 annual for non-residents.