COAC Quarterly Workshop Sunday June 2, 2019


The June 2019 COAC Quarterly Workshop will include a keynote presentation, a COAC business meeting, and concurrent afternoon breakout sessions targeting four important topics focused on chapter, member, and affiliate capacity building. Bird and Nature Walks in the morning and afternoon are optional (scroll for the schedule).
Event: Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) Quarterly Workshop
Date & Time: Sunday, June 2, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: The Ohio State University at Lima, 4240 Campus Drive, Lima, Ohio, 45804. Sessions are in the Life and Physical Sciences Building, Rooms 100 & 170. Map 

Register to confirm your attendance and lunch reservation! 
Who Should Attend? Ohio Audubon chapter members and ‘affiliates’ (organizations, research, government, activists & entrepreneurs) who are member collaborators, partners, and friends interested in birds and habitat conservation. You do not need to be a member of an organization to attend. All are welcome!
The June 2019 Workshop is hosted by the Tri-Moraine Audubon Society at The Ohio State University at Lima, 4240 Campus Drive, Lima, Ohio, 45804.


9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Morning Bird and Nature Walk, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary, Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District (walks are optional, scroll for schedule details).


  • Welcome by host Jackie Augustine, COAC President and Tri-Moraine Audubon Society (TMAS); Liz Woedl,  COAC Vice-President and Audubon Miami Valley (AMV).
  • Attending chapters, members, and affiliates are invited to share a success story and one thing they would like to improve.

Above: Tour Mentor Marsh, one of the largest natural marshes in Ohio, with preserve managers from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and The Nature Conservancy. Their successful efforts to combat invasive plant species and soon restore the ancient seed bank will realize Mentor Marsh as a top ecotourism destination of the Great Lakes.Learn More

​11:15 AM – 12:15 PM-Keynote 

  • Habitat Improvement and Conservation

    • “Mentor Marsh: History, Tragedy, Recovery” with David J. Kriska, Ph.D., Restoration Ecologist, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

      • Mentor Marsh has been designated a National Natural Landmark since 1965 for being one of the most species-rich sites on the Great Lakes shoreline and was named Ohio’s first State Nature Preserve in 1971. This unique wetland suffered  dramatically in the late 1960s when salt-mine tailings leached into Blackbrook Creek, killing most of the swamp forest trees and marsh plants. The site was overtaken by reed grass (Phragmites australis), a 14-foot-tall non-native invasive plant that grew so densely within the nearly 4-mile-long marsh basin that an estimated 1 billion plants were growing just a few inches apart. After partial abatement of the salt source, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History began a large-scale restoration of Mentor Marsh in 2012, where the Phragmites is being treated via helicopter and ground-based  amphibious vehicles. The Phragmites has also been physically mashed flat to allow native plants to grow. Dozens of native plant species are sprouting throughout the Marsh and rare marsh birds — such as rails, bitterns, and snipe are now nesting and fish such as Northern Pike are spawning and Yellow Perch fingerlings are starting to use the marsh as a nursery.
      • David J. Kriska, Ph.D., Restoration Ecologist, Biography. David joined the Museum in 2003 as the Biodiversity Coordinator for the Center for Conservation & Biodiversity & the Natural Areas Division where he specializes in rare plant and animal surveys, community ecology, and habitat restoration. The Museum’s Natural Areas Division currently has 57 scientific natural areas spread  across over 10,000 acres that contain unique natural communities, such  as hemlock northern hardwood forest, Lake Erie island alvar, fossil dune ridge, marshes, swamps and glacial wetlands. These high-quality habitats- many are globally rare, together protect more than 250  different kinds of endangered, threatened, or rare plant and animal species, and represent the remarkable biological diversity that was once widespread throughout the region. 
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM-LUNCH 
Lunch is $10 per person. Register for the meeting and lunch by Wednesday, May 29, 2019. A catered lunch and a vegetarian option is available for $10.00 that includes sandwiches, salad, dessert, and an assortment of coffee, tea, etc beverages. Please pay by cash or check at the workshop.​ Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. Register by Friday, May 31, 2019.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM-SECTION 1A.

  • COAC Business Meeting

    • ​COAC Board of Directors. Discussion of membership, finances, and unifying goals. 
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM-SECTION 1B. 

  • Increasing Membership (10-15 min. presentation and 45 min. Q&A)

    • Presenter: ​Karen Meyer, M.S.Ed, Coordinator for Disability Services, Academic Advisor, Buckeye Wellness Innovator, The Ohio State University at Lima. 
      • Karen will add her spin on how to make it easier to attract more people to participate in chapter and affiliate activities. Our discussion will address how to increase accessibility to programs and field trips offered by chapters and affiliate organizations. Audubon chapters typically have monthly meetings for members, as well as field trips to natural areas. Many members may experience difficulty continuing their participation due to limitations of mobility and other hearing/eyesight challenges as they age. This session hopes to illuminate new ideas for how to help people stay active in organizations, and potentially draw in a more diverse audience. 
      • Karen lives in Lima, OH and earned a B.S. degree from The Ohio State University (Lima campus) in Elementary Education and M.S. Ed degree, with a focus on students with learning disabilities, from the University of Dayton. She has worked as a Disability Services Coordinator for 29 years (8 yrs at UNOH and 21 yrs at OSU-Lima) and her passion is helping students with disabilities succeed in college and in reaching their educational and personal goals. Karen is a member of AHEAD (Association of Higher Education & Disabilities) and a certified OSU Suicide Prevention Program REACH(c) Trainer.​
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM-BREAK

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM-SECTION 2A. 

  • Utilizing Social Media

    • “Social Media Platforms for Education and Science Communication” with Sarah Winnicki, Avian Ecologist, Master’s Student, Kansas State University, Dr. Alice Boyle Laboratory. (virtual) (10-15 min. presentation and 45 min. Q&A.) 

      • Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube not only support different media but also different modes of communication. How do you craft your science and conservation outreach to make it accessible to diverse audiences across these social media platforms? In order to influence opinions and policy, it is vital that we effectively communicate scientific fact to as broad a community as possible. While communicating in-person is ideal, we can reach a much broader audience by engaging in outreach over the internet. Using established social media platforms for education and science communication can allow us to reach a global audience, but these sites also come with their own unique challenges. I will focus on three websites that I use to communicate science — Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. While it may be tempting to write one science factoid and copy-paste it between social media accounts, optimizing your message requires fitting it to each site’s communication style. Over the course of my presentation, I will walk everyone through the basic operations of all three sites, talk about the best ways to maximize engagement, give tips on making your message more accessible, and give examples of ways we can best use social media to inspire a larger public audience.  

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM-SECTION 2B.

  • Statewide Advocacy (10-15 min. presentation and 45 min. Q&A.)

    • National Audubon Plans and Priorities with Marnie Urso, Policy Director, Audubon Great Lakes (virtual) ​, and William (Bill) Heck of Columbus, Ohio, Regional Director for National Audubon Society’s Mississippi-North Region. COAC members and affiliates have an interest in state wide advocacy. But often chapters and affiliates need a clear idea of policy information sources. The answer is it’s complicated! Members and affiliates often ask for more advanced notice on when and where they’re needed to support the progress of statewide policy issues. To address this challenge, National Audubon Society supports subscribers and members through regular best practice sharing and action alerts.

      • Marnie Urso, Policy Director, Audubon Great Lakes will review Audubon Great Lakes policy priorities, and provide updates on the Ohio Energy Bill.
      • William (Bill) Heck of Columbus, Ohio, Regional Director for National Audubon Society’s Mississippi-North Region will provide an overview of National Audubon policy based on National Audubon Society’s deep engagement in environmental issues and policy affecting birds and habitat conservation.​​ In mid-May National Audubon Society board member Bill Heck attended a hearing to show support for #OH‘s clean energy standards which are under threat by the proposed #HB6
    • Sierra Club – Ohio Chapter with Elissa Yoder Mann, Conservation Program Manager, Clean Water Campaign for Ohio, Sierra Club Ohio Chapter. Update on plastic pollution legislation in Ohio.

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM – WRAP UP & NEXT STEPS

  • COAC Board Members

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Afternoon Bird and Nature Walk  

Note: Schedule is subject to change. A Resource Table will be available for displaying educational handout materials.



Event: Morning Bird and Nature Walk 
Date and Time: Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 
Location: Lippincott Bird Sanctuary, 
Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District, 3093 Bellefontaine Rd, Lima, OH 45804
Leader: Anne Smedley, JAMPD Land Steward 
Target Species: Gray catbird, Song sparrow, Field sparrow, Indigo bunting, White-breasted nuthatch, Brown thrasher, Eastern towhee, Wood thrush, Willow flycatcher, Yellow-throated flycatcher, Great-crested flycatcher, Least flycatcher, Acadian flycatcher, Eastern kingbird, American robin, Eastern bluebird, Red-winged blackbird, American goldfinch, Cedar waxwing, Red-eyed vireo, White-eyed vireo, Warbling vireo, Baltimore oriole, Orchard oriole, Rose-breasted grosbeak, Downy woodpecker, Hairy woodpecker, Red-bellied woodpecker, Yellow-shafted flicker, Yellow warbler, Common yellowthroat, American redstart, Blue-gray gnatcatcher, Northern cardinal, Blue jay, Dickcissel, House wren, and Carolina wren are all species I have banded, including many others. We also have seen Red-tailed hawk, Cooper’s hawk, Turkey vulture, Great blue heron, Green heron, Great egret, Pied-billed grebe, Canada goose, Mallard, Wood duck, Belted kingfisher, Pileated woodpecker, Purple martin, Chimney swift, Tree swallow, Mourning dove, Killdeer.
Description: The Lippincott Bird Sanctuary was donated by Bill Lippincott in 1998. Mr. Lippincott, a former City of Lima forester shared his love of trees and nature with all who listened. You will enjoy the diverse array of habitats (prairie, meadow, woodland, and wetland areas) which are home to many different species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians as you walk the trail. The Sanctuary features, 

  • 0.6 mile hiking trail
  • 5 acres of wetlands
  • 37 acres

Directions: Meet at the Lippincott Bird Sanctuary, Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District, 3093 Bellefontaine Rd (SR 117), Lima, OH 45804. Lippincott Bird Sanctuary is approximately 0.2 miles East of Bowman Rd and the Allen County Fairgrounds. It is 37 acres. Most of it is field/prairie. We have 3 acres of mitigated wetland, and a small wetland in the edge of the big woods. There is a small one acre woodlot adjacent to the parking lot and the big woods is about 10 acres. Lippincott is fairly wet in the spring. Hikers are strongly encouraged to bring mud boots or hiking boots that have good waterproofing. We haven’t gone many days this month without rain. So there is a lot of standing water in several locations along the trails. And the forecast for the next two weeks has no less than 11 days of rain in it right now!

​Afternoon Bird and Nature Walk 
Date and Time: Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tecumseh Natural Area
Leaders: Jackie Augustine, Eric Juterbock 
Target Species: Acadian Flycatchers, Wood Thrush, small Great Blue Heron Rookery
Description: One mile hike. Bring mud boots. More Information 
Departure Location: The Ohio State University at Lima, Science Building, 4240 Campus Drive, Lima, Ohio, 45804 Map

Directions: From Columbus: West on US 33 past Bellefontaine. Northwest on SR 117 to Huntsville-Lima. East on SR 309 to Mumaugh Road. North on Mumaugh Road to Campus Drive. From Toledo: South on I-75 to Exit 125A. East on SR 309 to Mumaugh Road. North on Mumaugh Road to Campus Drive. From Akron: West on US 30 to South on I-75 to Exit 125A. East on SR 309 to Mumaugh Road. North on Mumaugh Road to Campus Drive. From Dayton: North on I-75 to Exit 125. East on SR 309 to Mumaugh Road. North on Mumaugh Road to Campus Drive. From Marion: West on SR 309 to Mumaugh Road. North on Mumaugh Road to Campus Drive.

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​Questions? Contact,
Betsey Merkel
Digital Strategist and Network Coordinator
Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC)
P: 216-246-2447

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