2019 Bird Walk – May 25 – Spring Valley Wildlife Area

2019 Bird Walk – May 25 – Spring Valley Wildlife Area

Saturday – May 25, 2019
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Spring Valley Wildlife Area is relatively small (842 acres) but contains a wonderful variety of habitats of interest to the birder. Its bird list features more than 230 species including almost all of the birds commonly seen in southwest Ohio (it is a designated IBA – Important Bird Area). Of special note is one of the largest and most easily accessed marshes in the area. Other notable habitats include mature hardwoods, brushy hedgerows, croplands and overgrown fields. The wetlands comprise about 150 acres and are encircled by an easily traversable trail. A boardwalk (reached by taking the unmarked trail at the south end of the upper parking lot) allows excellent access to the marsh without disturbing the delicate ecosystem. The boardwalk ends at an observation tower which provides a panoramic view of the entire area.
An excellent strategy for birding the area is to walk the boardwalk for marsh birds, then hike the 2.5 mile trail which circles the wetland. The canopy that shelters the bike trail to the west of the lake (old railroad right of way) should be checked in spring and fall for migrant passerines, and the brushy areas surrounding the parking lots are excellent for sparrows in season. Copied from OOS website.

We will meet at the parking lot at the south end of the lake
Spring Valley Wildlife Area, Greene / Warren County
1863 Roxanna – New Burlington Rd., Waynesville, OH 45068

Tom Hissong, Southwest Regional Director of OOS will be your leader.
Please contact the Tom for more information and help with directions.
Home phone: (930-898-0515, cell phone: (937-931-3099), email: tanager15@aol.com

Highlight Birds:

This an area that Tom knows well and has birded for over 40 years. Possible birds might include Wood Duck, Virginia and Sora Rail, American Bittern, Least Bittern, Bald Eagle, Marsh Wren, Prothonotary Warbler (nester) and other neotropical migrants and residents, Baltimore and Orchard Oriole, and certainly a few surprises.

Special Note:
Spring Valley Wildlife Area is a marsh. Make sure to wear waterproof boots. Insects should not be bad but bring along repellant in case you might need it.

To reach Spring Valley from Dayton take SR 48 south to SR 725 (8.5 miles.) Turn left onto 725 and drive approximately 10 miles to US 42. Turn right onto US 42. Drive 1.7 miles on US 42 to Roxanna-New Burlington Rd. Turn left onto Roxanna-New Burlington Road and follow it to Pence-Jones Road (1.5 miles.) Turn right onto Pence-Jones Road. The upper parking lot is 0.3 miles ahead on the right. The lower parking lot is 0.9 miles farther and is reached by following Pence-Jones Road until and dead ends at Collett Road, then turning right and following Collett Road until it ends at the Wildlife Area (south end of the lake). 

Useful Websites: https://birding-in-ohio.com/spring-valley-wildlife-area/

The OOS is Going to Ecuador in 2020!

The OOS is Going to Ecuador in 2020!



February22 – March 1, 2020

*** $400 from each registration will go to support the OOS conservation fund ***

Ecuador has the highest bird species diversity per square kilometer on the planet and offers some of the best birding in South America. Short distances to drive, good tourist infrastructure, and wonderful lodges and other facilities for birders – including a multitude of hummingbird and anpitta feeder stations, make Ecuador perhaps the most obliging destination on the continent!

Trip Price is only $4900
Double occupancy, excluding international airfare(Domestic flights included)

To register or for more information: Please email travelwith@ohiobirds.org

A deposit of $1000 per person is due upon registration and final payment is due by Sep. 15, 2019.
You must be an OOS member to register. Join Today!

For complete tour info, check out the itinerary below, or click here!





2018 Annual Membership Drive Raffle Winners

2018 Annual Membership Drive Raffle Winners

Alvin Miller, a local Amish young man, was the recipient of first prize from our annual membership drive, Zeiss Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars. Since I was the closest board member to Arvin, I was tasked with delivery of the bins.

Friend Su and I were out birding, were close to Millersburg, so decided to make delivery.

When we arrived at the address, we realized that we had chased a Harris’s Sparrow at this Amish farm many years ago. After checking old records we found that the bird showed up on 1/27/2007 and stayed until 5/3/2008. It had been a very cold and snowy winter so far. Only 3 of us showed up for our annual Castalia trip so we decided to stay local and chase this rarity. Over 400 birders came to see this bird!

The amazing thing about this story is that the young boy who found this rarity, among a flock of White-crowned Sparrows, was ALVIN MILLER. He is now a hard-working young man. When we showed up he had just returned from work and was totally surprised. He knew nothing about the drawing since he did not see any ads for the membership drive or has internet access. He was just renewing his membership to continue with OOS. (Out of respect for the Amish, we did not request a photo.) After reminiscing with him about the Harris’s Sparrow, seeing his smile, we said our goodbyes and went on our way.

Then, on February 18, OOS Treasurer Bruce Miller was honored to present Joy Alcalde with the 2nd Place prize from our annual membership drive!

Joy won a new pair of Vortex Optics Diamondback 8×42 binoculars. She was ecstatic to have won! She said the time could not have been any better as she will be leaving for a trip to Key West and is going to Dry Tortugas National Park! She is hoping these new binoculars will help her spot a Sooty Tern!

Congratulations, Joy! We hope these binoculars reward you with some great views of the birds for many years to come!

Third and fourth prizes were sent to Don Hollenbaugh and Ronald Baker via U S Mail.


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