November Audubon Meeting

November’s meeting is all about the diurnal raptors (hawks and their relatives) of southwest Ohio. Our speaker will be our president, Ned Keller, who is a long-time birder and raptor enthusiast. The program will include identification tips, but will also focus of raptor biology and ecology.

General field guides tend to emphasize field marks, but field marks play a relatively minor role in the identification of raptors, particularly while they are in flight. Shape and flight style are much more important, and Ned will emphasize those identification techniques. He will also look at how raptors hunt, what they hunt, habitat, and migration timing.

The meeting will be held on Monday, November 21 at the Winton Woods Visitor Centre, located at 10245 Winton Road. We meet at 7 p.m. for light refreshments and socialization, and the program gets under way at 7:30. To reach the visitor center, take Winton Road south from I -275, and turn right into the park just before the lake; or from CrossCounty Highway, take Winton Road north and turn left into the park just past the lake. A park district auto sticker ($3 daily or $10 annual, good through 2017) is required.

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