COAC Quarterly Workshop Sunday September 15, 2019

A New beginning: chapter Networking and building on chapter strengths

The September 2019 COAC Quarterly Workshop will include a keynote presentation by Raptor Inc., a COAC business meeting, and a discussion focusing on Chapter Success and Chapter Needs and Wants. Bird and Nature Walks in the morning and afternoon are optional (agenda included below).

EVENT Details

Date & Time: Sunday, September 15, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Fernald Preserve Visitors Center, 7400 Willey Road, Hamilton, OH. 45013
Registration: $10 (lunch is included with registration), pay at the event. 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!*
Hotel Suggestion (if needed):
Courtyard by Marriot, 1 Riverfront Plaza, Hamilton, OH. 45011, 513.896.6200

Rsvp Details

RSVP by: September 8, 2019
How: Please cut and paste the info below to:
YES, I’ll be attending (name):                                                      
From (Chapter or Affiliate represented):                                                                                                        
Lunch (Provided by Monk’s Kitchen):          Vegetarian                       Meat                     
                                                                              Other dietary concerns:                                                        
I am also (tentatively) planning to attend the Natural Areas Tour(s) (please mark with an X):
                                                                              Morning           and/or Afternoon          
Questions:  Contact Mark Demyan at 440.708.4120
Please join us as The Audubon Society of Ohio (ASO) based in Cincinnati, hosts this workshop at Fernald Preserve in Hamilton, Ohio.
​This is A ONCE IN A LIFETIME event you will NOT want to MISS!

Natural areas tours (before and after workshop – Optional)

Fernald Preserve

  • 10:00 a.m. – Tour the Preserve with chapter host members and Interpretive Specialist, Angela Marczi.
  • Fernald Preserve is 1050-acres of environmentally remediated and ecologically restored land that now serves as a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management site. The Fernald Preserve agenda will include behind-the-scenes access to interesting natural and birding areas including wetlands, open water, an extended riparian corridor and grassland consisting of tallgrass prairie and savanna, and upland forest communities. Widely recognized as a birding hotspot, 251 species of birds have been observed and over 100 different species have been documented as nesting on the site.

Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road, Harrison, OH. 45030

  • 4:00 p.m. – Visit neighboring Miami Whitewater Forest with Scott Peak, former Conservation & Parks Technician with Great Parks of Hamilton County.
  • Located just 10 minutes west of Fernald Preserve, the Shaker Trace wetland is a natural habitat that was restored after decades of agricultural use. 

Workshop agenda

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Welcome from COAC and Audubon of Ohio (Cincinnati Chapter).
  • Introduction to Fernald: an introduction to the unique history of Fernald Preserve, the green Visitors Center, and its Exhibits.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Lunch (time to walk, relax, and/or network!)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • RAPTOR Inc. – The Survival of a small Non-Profit Conservation Organization.
  • RAPTOR Inc. (Regional Association for the Protection and Treatment of Raptors), a 41-year old, tax-exempt non-profit organization funded through educational programs, memberships, grants, and donations, serves the greater Cincinnati area, rehabilitating injured birds of prey and providing educational programs to the public about raptors and their contribution to the ecosystem. We’ll learn how this 501 (c) 3 uses rehabilitation, education, research, and development to achieve its conservation goals and continuous growth with two staff members, 70+ volunteers and limited financial resources.

Fernald Preserve Visitors Center
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

  • COAC Business Meeting
  • Discussion of the National Audubon Society Conference in Milwaukee, WI in July 2019.
  • Report from Bill Heck, The Audubon Society Great Lakes Regional Director – Mississippi Flyway North.

2:45 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

  • 10 minute break

2:55 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

  • Guided Discussion with Matt Valencic: Building on Chapter Success Stories and Chapter needs and wants.

3:15 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

  • Success Stories: Cincinnati Local Chapter and Non-profit Affiliate Success Stories!

3:40 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

  • Survey
  • Next COAC Event

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Closing ceremony

the spark that ignites us: what will it be?