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Alaska, birds, butterflies and more for Oxbow in Aug. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:12 PM

Folks interested in the outdoors and Alaska in particular may want to catch the Oxbow, Inc., program Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Jon Seymour, Oxbow president, will discuss modern Alaskan industry and the current state of the climate and wildlife in Seward, Denali, Fairbanks, Homer and Valdez. His experience comes from visiting his daughter in Alaska and taking different excursions three times since she moved there in 2010.

Folks attending the program will be invited to share their own stories of Alaska as well. The program is at 7:30 p.m. in the Oxbow office at 301 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg.

Oxbow also has field trips scheduled for that weekend, Friday evening, Aug. 15, and Saturday, Aug. 16. The evening field trip will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the upper Oxbow parking lot and will be led by Jay Stenger. The trip's focus will be birds, specifically early fall migrants in the Oxbow. Shorebirds and herons begin migration early.

The upper Oxbow parking area is located south of the Interstate 275 exit off U.S. 50. Turn east at the edge of the Shell/Subway, cross the levee, at the T in front of Best Way, turn right. Parking is to the left of the Oxbow entrance sign.

Stenger expects participants to find great egrets, several heron species, purple martins and other migrating swallows, and possibly terns, osprey and bald eagles.

Saturday's field trip will be the third annual Oxbow butterfly count, beginning at 11 a.m. from the same parking area. The trip will last about two hours and will be led by Bob Nuhn, a retired naturalist from the Hamilton County Park District. Participants may visit Shawnee Lookout also if time allows.

Folks planning to participate are urged to bring water and sunscreen, and asked to RSVP Kathy McDonald at mkmcdonald@me.com or phone 513-748-0281. Most of the walking will be on flat dirt roads.